The Panic Broadcast

The Panic Broadcast is the eighth studio album by Swedish heavy metal band Soilwork, released July 2 in Europe and July 13 in North America, 2010.[2] The album marks the return of long-time Soilwork guitarist and founder Peter Wichers, who also picks up the role as the album's producer, though Wichers would leave Soilwork again in 2012. The album also features the debut of new guitarist Sylvain Coudret who replaced longtime guitarist Ola Frenning in 2008. Mixing was done by Jens Bogren.[3] According to Nielsen SoundScan, The Panic Broadcast sold around 5,257 copies in its first week of sales in the United States. The album debuted at #88 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it their highest charting album in their entire career at the time.

The Panic Broadcast
Studio album by
Released2 July 2010 (Europe)
13 July 2010 (North America)
RecordedJanuary–March 2010 in Mooresville & Asheville[1]
GenreMelodic death metal, melodic metalcore
Length47:46
LabelNuclear Blast
ProducerPeter Wichers
Soilwork chronology
Sworn to a Great Divide
(2007)
The Panic Broadcast
(2010)
The Sledgehammer Files: The Best of Soilwork 1998-2008
(2010)

Album

Musically, this album found the band moving back more to their speed-laden, melodic death metal roots, though the already present alternative and metalcore sound still remains. In an interview with SuicideGirls.com, Wichers spoke about what direction the band might take musically with its next album. "We talked about maybe taking a little bit of a different approach for the next record," he said. "Having me and Sylvain back in the band, I think that we're probably going to try to do stuff that might be a little more technical. We want to keep the element of the catchy chorus but at the same time maybe have bit more guitar solos than on Sworn to a Great Divide and also let Dirk [Verbeuren, drums] get more space on the record for drumming. That was one of the things I think that 'Sworn to a Great Divide' was lacking a little bit. It's a good record but I think that with such talented musicians the next album definitely needs to have more performance."[4] Peter Wichers also stated that this album will have more blues elements that previous albums and even said that one of the riffs for 'The Thrill' was inspired by a bluegrass riff.

Lead vocalist Björn Strid confirmed 18 February 2010 that the drums for the album had already been recorded. He also confirmed the names of six tracks: "The Thrill", "Late for the Kill, Early for the Slaughter", "The Akuma Afterglow", "Let This River Flow", "Where Angels Fear to Tread" and "Two Lives Worth of Reckoning".[5] The complete track listing was revealed on April 8.[6]

On 17 May 2010, the band released "Two Lives Worth of Reckoning" on their MySpace.[7]

Track listing

All lyrics are written by Björn "Speed" Strid.

The Panic Broadcast
No.TitleMusicLength
1."Late for the Kill, Early for the Slaughter"Peter Wichers4:09
2."Two Lives Worth of Reckoning"Wichers4:56
3."The Thrill"Wichers4:33
4."Deliverance Is Mine"
3:50
5."Night Comes Clean"Wichers5:12
6."King of the Threshold"
  • Wichers
  • Coudret
4:57
7."Let This River Flow"Wichers5:20
8."Epitome"
  • Wichers
  • Coudret
4:44
9."The Akuma Afterglow"Wichers4:29
10."Enter Dog of Pavlov"
  • Wichers
  • Coudret
5:36

Personnel

Soilwork

Guest

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic[8]
Rock Sound[9]

The NewReview gave the album a 4.0 out of 5 and stated "Soilwork is the kind of band so ahead of the curve they have the keys to the asphalt paving machine. The Panic Broadcast is another in a long line of Soilwork albums crammed full of metal goodness and makes you sorry you fell for cheap, trendy trash."[10]

Charts

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Certification Sales/
shipments[11]
Finnish Albums Chart[12] 14
German Albums Chart[13] 24
Swedish Albums Chart[14] 29
Japanese Albums Chart[15] 42
Greek Albums Chart[16] 44
Austrian Albums Chart[17] 47
Swiss Albums Chart[18] 60
Billboard 200 88 5,257
French Albums Chart[19] 141

References

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  2. "The Official Soilwork website". Soilwork. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
  3. "Peter Wichers: Soilwork". SuicideGirls.com. 8 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-11.
  4. "The Official Soilwork website". Soilwork. Archived from the original on February 11, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
  5. S Archived 2011-06-06 at the Wayback Machine
  6. "SOILWORK op MySpace Music – Gratis gestreamde MP3's, foto's en Videoclips". Myspace.com. 2005-03-26. Retrieved 2010-07-01.
  7. Allmusic review
  8. "Soilwork - The Panic Broadcast - Reviews - Rock Sound Magazine". Rocksound.tv. Retrieved 2015-03-18.
  9. Anderson, Keith (July 13, 2010), "Soilwork - The Panic Broadcast", The NewReview, archived from the original on July 17, 2010, retrieved July 13, 2010
  10. (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20120509215717/http://www.ifpi.org/content/library/international-award-levels.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 9, 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. Steffen Hung. "Soilwork - The Panic Broadcast". Finnishcharts.com. Retrieved 2015-03-18.
  12. "Kylies "Aphrodite" holt Bronze". GfK-entertainment.com. 2010-07-13. Retrieved 2015-03-18.
  13. Steffen Hung. "Soilwork - The Panic Broadcast". Swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2015-03-18.
  14. "ソイルワークのアルバム売上ランキング | ORICON STYLE". Oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2015-03-18.
  15. https://web.archive.org/web/20120317001023/http://greekcharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Soilwork&titel=The%2BPanic%2BBroadcast&cat=a. Archived from the original on March 17, 2012. Retrieved October 9, 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. Steffen Hung (2010-07-16). "Soilwork - The Panic Broadcast". Austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2015-03-18.
  17. Steffen Hung (2010-07-18). "Soilwork - The Panic Broadcast". Hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2015-03-18.
  18. Steffen Hung (2010-07-17). "Soilwork - The Panic Broadcast". Lescharts.com. Retrieved 2015-03-18.
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