The Ride Majestic

The Ride Majestic is the tenth studio album by Swedish heavy metal band, Soilwork. It was released on August 28, 2015. It is the last album to feature long time drummer Dirk Verbeuren, who left the band in July 2016 to join Megadeth.

The Ride Majestic
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 28, 2015 (2015-08-28)
RecordedFebruary–June 2015
GenreMelodic death metal
Length49:52
LabelNuclear Blast
ProducerDavid Castillo, Soilwork
Soilwork chronology
Live in the Heart of Helsinki
(2015)
The Ride Majestic
(2015)
Death Resonance
(2016)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com[1]
Blabbermouth.net9/10[2]
Exclaim!7/10[3]
Metalsucks[4]
New Noise Magazine[5]
Revolver4/5[6]

Background

On December 5, 2014, Soilwork frontman Strid confirmed that work had begun on a new album when he posted a picture on Facebook of him listening to new demos.[7] Strid also stated that Soilwork are sounding "better than ever."[7] It was also confirmed that Soilwork has teamed up with Chuck Billy's Breaking Bands LLC management company for the album.[7] In June 2015, Soilwork announced that longtime bassist Ola Flink and the band had parted ways and that he would be replaced by new bassist Markus Wibom.

On July 8, the band released the title track as the album's first single. On August 13, the album teaser was released. On August 20, the band released "Enemies in Fidelity" as a promotional single.

Track listing

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."The Ride Majestic"Björn StridStrid4:09
2."Alight in the Aftermath"David AnderssonSylvain Coudret3:47
3."Death in General"Strid
  • Strid
  • Andersson
4:59
4."Enemies in Fidelity"StridStrid4:16
5."Petrichor by Sulphur"AnderssonAndersson5:11
6."The Phantom"StridAndersson3:57
7."The Ride Majestic (Aspire Angelic)"
  • Strid
  • Andersson
Andersson4:46
8."Whirl of Pain"
  • Strid
  • Andersson
Andersson5:01
9."All Along Echoing Paths"StridStrid4:21
10."Shining Lights"StridCoudret3:43
11."Father and Son, Watching the World Go Down"StridAndersson5:40
Total length:49:52

Credits

Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes.[8][9]

Personnel

Soilwork

Guest musicians

  • Pascal Poulsen (Odium) – vocals on "The Phantom"
  • Nathan James Biggs (Sonic Syndicate) – vocals on "Father And Son, Watching the World Go Down"

Additional musicians

  • Hanna Carlsson – cello on "The Ride Majestic," "Enemies in Fidelity," "The Phantom." piano on "The Ride Majestic"

Production

  • David Castillo – production, recording, mixing (tracks 12-13)
  • Soilwork – production
  • Björn Strid – vocal production and recording
  • Linus Corneliusson – additional recording, mix assistance, additional editing
  • Rickard Gustafsson – drum tech
  • Per Burström – drum tech
  • Jens Bogrenmixing (tracks 1-11), mastering
  • Tony Lindgren – mastering assistance

Artwork and design

Studios

  • Fascination Street Studios 1, Stockholm, Sweden – recording
  • Black-out in the Red Room, Landskrona, Sweden – vocals recording
  • Fascination Street Studios 2, Örebro, Sweden – mixing, mastering

Charts

Chart Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[10] 60
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[11] 37
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[12] 91
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[13] 112
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[14] 12
French Albums (SNEP)[15] 107
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[16] 30
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[17] 22
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[18] 49
US Billboard 200[19] 103

References

  1. Lyons, Todd (September 2, 2015). "Soilwork - The Ride Majestic Review". heavymetal.about.com. About.com. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  2. Van Horn, Jr., Ray. "CD Reviews - The Ride Majestic Soilwork". www.blabbermouth.net. Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  3. Pratt, Greg (August 26, 2015). "Soilwork The Ride Majestic". exclaim.ca. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  4. Thompson, Crash (August 10, 2015). "Review: Soilwork's The Ride Majestic". Metalsucks. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  5. Senior, Nicholas (August 26, 2015). "Album Review: Soilwork – 'The Ride Majestic'". New Noise Magazine. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  6. Graff, Gary (August 28, 2015). "Review: Soilwork – The Ride Majestic". www.revolvermag.com. NewBay Media. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  7. "Soilwork are better than ever - Metal Hammer". Metalhammer.teamrock.com. 2014-12-05. Retrieved 2015-03-18.
  8. The Ride Majestic (liner notes). Soilwork. Nuclear Blast. 2015.CS1 maint: others (link)
  9. The Ride Majestic (Japanese Release) (liner notes). Soilwork. Avalon. 2015.CS1 maint: others (link)
  10. Ryan, Gavin (5 September 2015). "ARIA Albums: The Weeknd Takes Top Spot On Australian Chart". Noise11. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  11. "Austriancharts.at – Soilwork – The Ride Majestic" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  12. "Ultratop.be – Soilwork – The Ride Majestic" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  13. "Ultratop.be – Soilwork – The Ride Majestic" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  14. "Soilwork: The Ride Majestic" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  15. "Lescharts.com – Soilwork – The Ride Majestic". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  16. "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  17. "Swedishcharts.com – Soilwork – The Ride Majestic". Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  18. "Swisscharts.com – Soilwork – The Ride Majestic". Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  19. "Soilwork Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
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