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Formed: 1996
From: Helsingborg, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

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Soilwork Posts Lyric Video For Album's Title Track

Swedish masters of melodic metal from Soilwork will release their forthcoming 10th studio album, "The Ride Majestic," worldwide on August 28th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. Various pre-order bundles are available right here.

After a teaser that bafflingly came out via MySpace, Soilwork today reveals the first single from the album, “The Ride Majestic," which can be heard through the lyric video below.

Vocalist Bjorn “Speed” Strid discusses the meaning behind the song: “[The title track] was one of the first songs we wrote for this album. The intro sets a certain melancholic mood and after that it's all pure melodic mayhem. There’s a very epic and anthemic feel to it, which suits the album title perfectly.

"The lyrics deal with the fear of dying and the art of remaining sane while you're still alive. Not wanting to miss a thing, wanting to embrace every moment, and being able to bring it all back on your dying day, with a snap of your fingers. It's also a tribute to the ones we've lost and the comfort of hoping that they will catch us when we fall, on the other side.

"We believe that, if there is an afterlife, this song would be the soundtrack to that journey. It deals with the acceptance of life and death and possibly everything between and beyond.” More...

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Soilwork Posts New Song Snippet On....MYSPACE?

Whoa what the hell - apparently MySpace wants back into the music game? In a sentence I probably haven't typed in 6+ years, somehow Myspace has premiered a snippet of new music from Soilwork (which of course can also be heard below if you don't care to return to that barren social media wasteland).

Soilwork will release forthcoming 10th studio album, "The Ride Majestic," worldwide on August 28th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records, with pre-orders online here.

A brand new track snippet of the title song “The Ride Majestic” can be heard below.

The band also has extensive European and U.S touring on the horizon, with full details available after the YouTube clip. More...

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Soilwork Recruits New Bassist

The Sweden-based melodic death metal experts from Soilwork will release forthcoming 10th studio album, "The Ride Majestic," worldwide on August 28th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records.

As of this new album cycle, Soilwork is joined by new bassist Markus Wibom, formerly of Helsingborg hardcore group Hearts Alive. Wibom replaces longtime band member Ola Flink, who has amicably left the group to focus on other endeavors. Wibom has been a personal friend of the band for many years and has previously toured with Soilwork as a guitar tech and lighting designer. Wibom made his live debut in Stockholm on April 30th.

Soilwork vocalist Bjorn “Speed” Strid states, “We all sooner or later come to a crossroad in our lives, when our focus of being fueled by the past, is just as strong as our visions of the future and we have to make that incredibly hard decision. Where do I go now? Flink will forever be a symbol for Soilwork and of all we were and still are about. That being said, we all could sense that he eventually would come to the above mentioned crossroad. He understandably and respectfully chose to step down.

"So, where do WE go now? Let me introduce you to one of the finest and most stand up people I know: Markus Wibom. He's been a long-time friend and is an overall multi-instrumental amazing musician. He's been with us before, on past world tours. He's also an amazing character and I couldn't think of a better person to fill Flink's shoes, which indeed are very big… literally (Markus’ shoe size is actually even bigger, if anybody wants to know). Anyway, as much as I will miss Flink, I'm just as excited to tour the world with one of my absolute best friends. Thank you Flink, you will forever rule. Thank you, Markus, for taking this on. I know you will blow people's minds, once the world tour of The Ride Majestic commences. Please give Markus a very warm welcome everyone!”

Wibom adds, “It's a great honor and a true pleasure to play with such skilled musicians and amazing people! It's going to be awesome to share the stage with those guys after all these years on the road together, and with the new record coming up - it absolutely kills!” More...

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New Website Lets You Hire Metal Musicians

A website has recently launched titled Metal For Hire, which boasts a colossal lineup of musicians and producers available to hire for session work, lessons, and even lyric video creation.

More info can be found over here, and the site's current lineup includes:

Glen Drover - (session Guitars, Etc...) Megadeth, King Diamond, Testament
Doc Coyle - (session Guitars, Etc…) God Forbid, Lamb Of God, Trivium
Jason Bittner - (session Drums, Etc…) Shadows Fall, Flotsam And Jetsam, Anthrax
Bjorn “speed” Strid - (session Vocals, Etc…) Soilwork, Demon Hunter, Sonic Syndicate
John Gallagher - (session Bass, Etc…) Raven
Dirk Verbeuren - (session Drums, Etc...) Soilwork, Devin Townsend, Jeff Loomis
Jon Howard - (session Vocals, Etc…) Threat Signal, Arkaea, I Legion
Chris “zeuss” Harris - (producing, Etc…) Rob Zombie, Queensryche, All That Remains
Francesco Artusato - (session Guitars, Etc…) Devil You Know, All Shall Perish
Dj Heavygrinder - (remixes, Etc…)
Ben Schigel - (producing, Etc…) Chimaira, Drowning Pool, Misery Signals
Chris Clancy - (session Vocals, Etc...), Wearing Scars, Mutiny Within, I Legion
Hannah Verbeuren - (photographer) Soilwork, Rolling Stone, Decibel, Revolver
Sebastian Reichl - (session Guitars, Etc...) Deadlock, I Legion
Ralph Santolla - (session Guitars, Etc…) Deicide, Death, Obituary
Samus Paulicelli - (session Drums, Etc…) Decrepit Birth, Abigail Williams, Arsis, Goatwhore
Tommy Jones - (videographer) Slayer, Lamb Of God, Testament, Kataklysm More...

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Soilwork Announces Headlining Tour

Swedish melodic metal group Soilwork is pleased to announce an upcoming European headline tour in November, dubbed the "The Tour Majestic," with support from Hatesphere.

These dates will be in support of just-announced album "The Ride Majestic," due out August 28th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Record. Further details and album artwork can be seen right here.

Drummer Dirk Verbeuren states, "It's been ten years since an unforgettably epic European tour with our brothers in Hatesphere. Now that our tenth album is almost ready to be unleashed, we can't wait to once again share the stage with Hatesphere and bring you another monumental dose of top class melodic death metal!"

Also beforehand, Soilwork is slated to perform at the 7th annual Metal Hammer Awards in Berlin on September 18th, 2015. More...

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Soilwork Unveils New Album

The Sweden-based melodic death metal experts from Soilwork have announced details regarding their forthcoming 10th studio album, "The Ride Majestic." The new album will hit stores worldwide on August 28th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. "The Ride Majestic" was recorded by David Castillo at Studio Gröndal, and was produced and mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street.

The cover art (available below) was illustrated by Róbert Borbás of Grinddesign. "The Ride Majestic" will be available in various formats (CD, Vinyl, TS/CD Bundle), pre-order your copy here. Soilwork vocalist Björn Speed Strid comments:

“We just put the final touches on our new album, 'The Ride Majestic,' and all we can say is that it's going to be massive. It definitely picks up where we left off with 'The Living Infinite,' but slightly darker, atmospheric and almost anthemic, with some really interesting twists and turns. Can't wait to play this epic beast live! Await the ride majestic ladies n’ gents!” More...

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Soulfly Announces Tour With Soilwork, Decapitated

Metal icons Soulfly will embark on a monumental North American headlining tour starting September 30th in Los Angeles, CA. The band will be supporting upcoming vicious new release "Archangel," which was produced by Matt Hyde and will be released on August 14th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

Joining on this epic campaign are Swedish melodic-death metal visionaries Soilwork, Polish technical death metallers Decapitated, and newcomer Shattered Sun.

“This is a great package and brutal lineup,” commented Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera. “I personally am a fan of all these bands and it’s an honor to have them touring with us! See you in the pit!” More...

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Soilwork Drummer Announces Live Q&A

Calling all drummers: Here is your chance to ask a professional member of your musical tribe those million dollar questions that keep you up at night.

Soilwork's Dirk Verbeuren will sit down for an exclusive Q&A on Monday, March 30th at 3:30pm (PT) / 6:30 pm (ET).

Drummers & die-hard Soilwork fans are invited to participate in Dirk Verbeuren’s live Q&A stream at this location.

Soilwork's upcoming dual-disc CD + DVD/Blu-ray "Live In The Heart Of Helsinki" is due out in North America on April 7th.

"Live In The Heart Of Helsinki" is Soilwork's first live release that features 23 career-encompassing tracks plus guest appearances by vocalists Floor Jansen and Nathan J. Biggs. The DVD was filmed last March at a very special sold-out show at the Circus Club in Finland's capital.

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Soilwork Drummer Posts Tracking Footage

Soilwork's drummer Dirk Verbeuren has uploaded a clip of himself tracking drums for Soilwork's upcoming 10th studio album at Ghost Ward Studio, Stockholm, Sweden with engineer David Castillo (Opeth, Katatonia, Bloodbath). And it seems to me the new album is going to be a quite speedy one....

Check it out now below.

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Soilwork Releases Second Song Clip From New DVD

Sweden's Soilwork released a live video clip for the track "Bastard Chain" (which originally appeared on the 2001 studio release "A Predator's Portrait"). The clip is taken from the upcoming new live DVD/2CD release "Live in the Heart of Helsinki," which is set to drop via Nuclear Blast on March 13th.

The track list is as follows:

Disc 1:

1. This Momentary Bliss (see video clip here)
2. Like The Average Stalker
3. Overload
4. Weapon Of Vanity
5. Spectrum Of Eternity
6. Follow The Hollow
7. Parasite Blues
8. Distortion Sleep
9. Bastard Chain
10. Let This River Flow feat. Floor Jansen
11. Long Live The Misanthrope
12. Tongue More...

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Soilwork Releases DVD Trailer Clip

Sweden's Soilwork released a preview trailer clip for the upcoming new DVD/2CD release "Live in the Heart of Helsinki." The set is scheduled to drop via Nuclear Blast on March 13th.

The full track list is as follows:

Disc 1:

1. This Momentary Bliss (see video clip here)
2. Like The Average Stalker
3. Overload
4. Weapon Of Vanity
5. Spectrum Of Eternity
6. Follow The Hollow
7. Parasite Blues
8. Distortion Sleep
9. Bastard Chain
10. Let This River Flow feat. Floor Jansen
11. Long Live The Misanthrope
12. Tongue More...

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Soilwork Releases Clip From New DVD

Sweden's Soilwork released a live video clip for the track "This Momentary Bliss." The clip is taken from the band's upcoming new DVD/2CD Live release "Live in the Heart of Helsinki," which is set to drop via Nuclear Blast on March 13th.

The track list is as follows:

Disc 1:

1. This Momentary Bliss
2. Like The Average Stalker
3. Overload
4. Weapon Of Vanity
5. Spectrum Of Eternity
6. Follow The Hollow
7. Parasite Blues
8. Distortion Sleep
9. Bastard Chain
10. Let This River Flow feat. Floor Jansen
11. Long Live The Misanthrope
12. Tongue

Disc 2:

1. Nerve
2. The Chainheart Machine
3. The Living Infinite I
4. Rise Above The Sentiment
5. Late For The Kill, Early For The Slaughter
6. Rejection Role
7. Black Star Deceiver feat. Nathan J. Biggs
8. As The Sleeper Awakes
9. Sadistic Lullabye
10. As We Speak
11. Stabbing The Drama More...

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Soilwork Unveils Live DVD Artwork

Soilwork today reveals the cover artwork for the band's first-ever live DVD/BluRay, "Live In The Heart Of Helsinki," due out March 13th, 2015. Check it out below. Commented singer Björn "Speed" Strid:

"We’re very proud to present the artwork for our upcoming live dvd/blu-ray!

"Once again we collaborated with Mircea Gabriel Eftemie to create visuals that would perfectly capture the unique vibe of this very special evening. 'In The Heart Of Helsinki' is somewhat of a testimony of our career and the live action shots are mixed with a blast from the past, including a collage of Soilwork memorabilia. I’ve always loved collages, especially on the inner sleeve of a vinyl.

"As for the cover, we wanted to capture that melancholic wintery feel that the Swedes and Finns have in common- not just emotionally but also culturally. It was appropriately cold during the big night and Mircea did a fantastic job recreating that eerie, magical feeling. Last but not least, don’t forget to read the liner notes!

"They tell the story of where we came from and where we are today. It will help you understand why it’s taken so long for us to finally get a live recording out. But hey, it’s only a matter of weeks now! We hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do!" More...

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Soilwork Releasing Live DVD

Sweden's Soilwork has announced the band's first ever live DVD/BluRay, titled "Live In The Heart Of Helsinki" and due out on March 13th, 2015.

It was recorded during the band's special Helsinki show on March 21st, 2014 at Circus Club in the Finnish capital and will feature guest appearances by Floor Jansen (Nightwish, Revamp) and Nathan J. Biggs (Sonic Syndicate). Commented frontman Björn "Speed" Strid:

"There could've not been a better time than now, with 10 albums out and a very varied back catalogue to choose from. Our line up now is 50% original members and 50% fresh blood, which makes it all more interesting. Especially since the newest members have brought so much to our sound and have continued to inspire us to write new and exciting music and also brought a new found energy on stage. Now is definitely the time to see us. Trust me."

The DVD was produced by Jouni Markkanen and directed by Ville Lipiäinen, who also worked on the most recent Nightwish DVD "Showtime, Storytime." More...

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Soilwork Cancels Rockharz Open Air Appearance

Swedish outfit Soilwork is forced to cancel a gig at this year's Rockharz Open Air Festival (July 10 - 12 in Ballenstedt, Germany) due to singer Björn "Speed" Strid suffering a serious back injury.

The band states: "This decision was a hard one to make, especially since it is the second time in a row after last year's forced cancellation."

Commented Strid: "It is with great regret that I have to inform you that I'm not gonna be able to perform at the Rock Harz festival on Friday. It almost feels like a curse, I'm sure most of you know that we had to cancel last years Rock Harz festival as well. We were so excited to make it up to you this year but I guess we have to wait yet another year.

"I basically screwed up my back 10 days ago, while working out. I felt a shooting pain and stopped immediately. That same night my back started swelling. Next day, I felt better and in the coming days it healed up pretty fast. Then last Friday, I made a small movement to reach for the remote, while watching World Cup Football and I felt an intense shooting pain once again. I thought to myself: 'This is gonna be bad.' I was right. I'm currently not able to sit and can barely walk. More...

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Soilwork Drum Cam Footage Posted Online

Sick Drummer Magazine has released drum cam footage of Soilwork's Dirk Verbeuren performing "Spectrum Of Eternity." Check it out below.

The song is taken from Soilwork's album "The Living Infinite" (reviewed here), out now on Nuclear Blast Records.

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The Neologist Taps Bjorn Strid For New Album

The Neologist's upcoming album "Coming Full Circle" will feature a guest appearance by Chris Clancy (Mutiny Within), and now the band has issued this update about another guest spot:

"THE Bjorn Strid from Soilwork will be doing a guest vocal spot on our new song 'Chasing The Sun.' We could act all cool and casual, but this is kind of a big deal for us. Fuck yeah!"

A previously posted teaser trailer for the upcoming new release can also be found below.

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Finalizes Lineup

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced the final band just as the floating festival sets sail today. It was no surprise as Germany's Atrocity was named. The band makes up the majority of Leaves' Eyes, who are also on the cruise, and both acts will set out on a North American Tour with Moonspell this weekend right after the cruise returns to Miami on Friday morning (see tour dates here).

The sold out event will set sail at 4:00pm today from Miami with a stop at Costa Maya, Mexico on Wednesday before heading back to Miami on Friday morning. Metal Underground.com will also be onboard to provide daily reports on all of the festival activities.

The final lineup is as follows:

Atrocity
Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Freedom Call
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Hatesphere
Izegrim
Keep of Kalessin
Leaves' Eyes
Massacre (playing selections from the upcoming new album "Back From Beyond") More...

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70,000 Tons Announces 2 More Acts; Reports Sellout

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced two of the final three acts as the final weekend before the floating festival sets sail in three days (Monday, January 27th) has arrived. California's Nekrogoblikon and Tampa death metal act Massacre were welcomed onboard in the last 24 hours.

Massacre will be performing some songs from their forthcoming album "Back From Beyond" during the band's two sets.

In addition, UMC reported that the event has sold out, however there are still single tickets in shared cabins still available. For more information, head on over to www.70000tons.com. The cruise dates are from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. Metal Underground.com will also be onboard to provide reports on all of the activities.

There is at least 1 more band to be announced (it is unknown whether any add on acts will be announced as have been in past years) and the current lineup including the latest is as follows:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Freedom Call
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Hatesphere
Izegrim
Keep of Kalessin
Leaves' Eyes
Massacre (playing selections from the upcoming new album "Back From Beyond") More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Names Three New Acts

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, launched another volley of acts for the upcoming floating festival, which sets sail in 11 days: New Jersey's Swashbuckle, Norway's Keep Of Kalessin and International act Twilight Of The Gods.

For Swashbuckle, it will be the band's second appearance on the cruise and Twilight of the Gods appeared on the first cruise as a Bathory tribute band and will pay homage to Quorthon in one of the band's two sets this year.

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Swashbuckle, Keep Of Kalessin and Twilight Of The Gods join the previously announced acts, with 3 more bands still to be announced:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Freedom Call
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Hatesphere
Izegrim
Leaves' Eyes More...

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