Swedish melodic Death Metal band Soilwork is releasing their first ever live DVD/Blue-Ray on April 7, 2015 called Live In The Heart Of Helsinki. Recorded during a special show on March 21, 2014 at Circus Club in the Finnish capitol, it was produced by Jouni Markkanen and directed by Ville Lipiäinen and will feature 23 headbang-worthy songs as well as additional live footage. Interestingly enough, as their Facebook page states they are a Divorce Core Death Metal band, and once you watch them live you will have a change of heart and want to postpone filing those divorce papers.
The indie film-esque opening sequence segues darkness with falling snow as it brings the credits accompanied by an old-time piano theme, which leads to showing the members coming on stage as you hear a faint sound of a roaring crowd and finally the title Live In The Heart Of Helsinki. With no delay, Soilwork starts off with The Momentary Bliss cutting from Björn “Speed” Strid as he is singing to the crowd banging their heads off with the ever famous horns symbol up in the air. The audience seemed to want to break past the barrier and get even crazier as the energy quickly boiled over like a pot of hot water. You can certainly tell how loyal of a fanbase Soilwork has and the band was feeding off of them in every way. Like The Average Stalker really took things to an even bigger level with David Andersson and Sylvain Coudret’s total insanity combo on guitar. You seriously feel like you are at the concert while you are watching, and it is not often that a band can draw you in to feel that much a part of a show you are merely enjoying from your living room. After the song ends, Björn ends with a “woooo” and a “f*** yeah” getting the audience to start chanting. He yells “what an honor” and “welcome to the party” as he announces Overload. Other highlights included people jumping up and down and moshing during other songs like Weapon Of Vanity, a classic from their Stabbing The Drama album, and calling out an audience member in a red shirt to be the Captain and get everyone amped. A couple of songs featured guest appearances from Floor Jansen (Nightwish) on Let This River Flow and Nathan J. Biggs (Sonic Syndicate) on Black Star Deceiver. This DVD delivers track after track of pure ear candy included some old favorites along with newer songs.
The influences of Atreyu come through in the vocals and there is that same badassery factor of Synyster Gates in the guitar solos. Tight drums and killer bass guitar compliment those elements, but it’s the stage presence of Björn “Speed” Strid, Ola Flink, Sven Karlsson, Dirk Verbeuren, Sylvain Coudret and David Andersson that bring home the powerful lyrics. Live In The Heart Of Helsinki truly shows the heart of metal.