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

Latest Soilwork News

Below is our complete Soilwork news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Soilwork's Speed Announces Another Side Project

Soilwork vocalist, Bjorn "Speed" Strid, has posted the following update on the band's official website:

"Hi there! Songwriting is going great!
Just wanted to take the time to present a new band that im jamming with: Highball Shooters... I guess some of you guys are thinking, what is he doing? Is he addicted to joining new bands? Well, the truth is that i will start cutting down on my other sideprojects. Highball Shooters is a band from my hometown that im singing for when there´s time, it's basically about jamming and having fun. It's VERY different than Soilwork, it sounds something like 70´s Whitesnake, Deep Purple, Kiss, Rainbow and a dose of 70´s Mother's Finest. You can check out the demo on: myspace.com/highballshooters
Let's see if you'll recognize my voice.."

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Killswitch Engage Recruit Ex-Soilwork Guitarist

Pete Wichers formerly of Soilwork, will fill in as KSE's second guitarist for the remainder of their Euro tour.

Guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz has been forced to miss a series of shows after sustaining a serious back injury. The band has since issued the following update:

"OK, here's the deal. Adam and Howard [Jones, vocals] were sick and wanted to do the Brixton show [in London]. Once they got to the club, both got to see the local physician. After both seeing the doc the prognosis was Howard had a chest infection. Adam, however, was doing much much worse. No way he could do the show, and he was immediately ushered to a nearby hospital. After a series of test, it was decided that Adam would need back surgery again ? no more shows, no flying home first, no exceptions.

"We are pleased to report that he has just left surgery, is doing fine and resting comfortably. Adam and the band appreciate all the messages and concern that everyone has shown.

"Concerning the rest of the tour, it will continue with Pete Wichers (ex-SOILWORK) filling in for Adam on guitar. Adam will be missed, but he wants the tour to go on more than the rest of the band so we will try to miss as few shows as possible, and make up as many as we can."

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Megadeth Guitarist To Guest On Lion's Share Album

MEGADETH/EIDOLON guitarist Glen Drover has recorded a guest solo on the new album from Swedish melodic metal band LION'S SHARE. Also scheduled to appear on the CD are drummer Richard Evensand (CHIMAIRA, SOILWORK), guitarist Bruce Kulick (KISS), and singer Mats Levén (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION, AT VANCE, KRUX), who is responsible for the backing vocals on the entire CD.

LION'S SHARE has uploaded some photos from the current mixing sessions with Ronny Lahti (ROXETTE, SAIGON KICK, EUROPE, GLENN HUGHES, ELECTRIC BOYS) at their MySpace page. Lahti previously worked with the group on their third album, "Fall from Grace".

The as-yet-untitled CD, which is expected to be released in April/May, will feature the following tracks (not in final order): More...

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Soilwork Plans On Entering Studio Soon

Soilwork are planning to enter the studio in early March to begin recording their new album, more on that can be found at www.soilwork.org.

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Darkest Hour Drops Off Soilwork Tour

Darkest Hour has cancelled the remainder of their shows on the Soilwork, etc. tour due to health issues. Here's a statement from the band:

"We are sorry to announce that we must cancel our upcoming shows in Pittsburgh, Rochester NY, and Detroit on our current tour with Soilwork, Mnemic, and Threat Signal. One of the us has a serious health issue that must be addressed immediately. We apologize to all the fans and the other bands, but when you're on tour forever health has to come first. We will see everyone in the UK next month and everyone in the US with a new record next year."

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Satyricon, Soilwork Confirmed For House Of Metal

Satyricon and Soilwork are the latest inclusions to the list of bands to perform at next year's House Of Metal festival. The festival will take place in Umeå, Sweden on the 16th, 17th February, 2007.

A total of 22 bands will be performing at the festival. The bands announced so far are: Satyricon, Soilwork, Hardcore Superstar, Savage Circus, Heed, Hellfueled, 6th Awakening, Lesra and Assailant. More acts are said to be announced soon.

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ex-Chimaira Drummer To Record w/ Lion's Share

Former CHIMAIRA/SOILWORK drummer Richard Evensand is currently in the studio recording drums for the eagerly awaited comeback album by Swedish melodic metal masters LION'S SHARE. You can view photos from the recording session at the band's MySpace page. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Toxication Rave", "Cult Of Denial", "Bloodstained Soil", "Trafficking", and "Emotional Coma".

As previously reported, former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick has already recorded a guest solo for the song "The Edge of the Razor". The new album will be the group's fifth, with the first four having been released by Century Media and Massacre Records between 1995 and 2001. During this period, the band toured heavily with such acts as DIO, MANOWAR, MOTÖRHEAD, SAXON, NEVERMORE, ICED EARTH, U.D.O. etc.

LION'S SHARE's upcoming CD will mark the band's debut with new singer Patrik Johansson (also in ASTRAL DOORS), who replaced Tony Niva in 2005.

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Lyzanxia To Tour With Soilwork

French metallers LYZANXIA will support SOILWORK on a U.K. tour in September. The dates are as follows:

Sep. 17 - Norwich, UK - Waterfront
Sep. 18 - Portsmouth, UK - Wedgewood
Sep. 19 - Oxford, UK - Zodiac
Sep. 20 - London, UK - Mean Fiddler
Sep. 21 - Nottingham, UK - Rockcity
Sep. 22 - Glasgow, UK - Cathouse
Sep. 23 - Leeds, UK - Cockpit
Sep. 24 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3
Sep. 25 - Leicester, UK - Charlotte
Sep. 26 - Birmingham, UK - AC 2
Sep. 27 - Cardiff, UK - Barfly
Sep. 28 - Exeter, UK - Lemongrove

As previously reporte, a brand new LYZANXIA track, entitled "Path Blade", has been made available for download at this location. The song comes off the band's third full-length album, "Unsu", due on September 23 via Listenable Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Mindcrimes" was recorded and mixed at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden by Fredrik Nordström and Patrick J. Sten. The mastering was done by Peter In De Betou at Tailor Maid Studio. The album has 12 tracks and the cover artwork was designed by Alain Tréhard.

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Soilwork Frontman Honored To Sing With Testament

SOILWORK's vocalist Bjorn "Speed" Strid got the chance of a lifetime last weekend as he performed a song with legendary Bay Area Thrash icons Testament at the Earthshaker Festival. "We had an awesome time at Earthshaker (Fest In Germany) and Metalcamp (festival in Slovenia) this weekend. Thanx for awesome support...I personally wanna take the time to thank Chuck Billy and Testament for asking me and giving me the honor to perform "Into The Pit" together with them on stage at the Earthshaker Festival--it was truly a dream come (true), wow! Thank you so much, I'll carry it with me 'till the end."
SOILWORK's next North American appearance will take place this fall when they return for a five-week tour that will take them coast to coast starting October 5th. Also appearing on the bill will be Darkest Hour, Mnemic and Threat Signal.

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Soilwork Continues Guitarist Search

Sweden's Soilwork has resumed their search for a new guitarist, holding auditions in recent weeks. The band has announced that they're looking for a Swede:

"We wanted a Swedish guitarist who lives close by... This has nothing to do with that we look down on guitarists or musicians outside Sweden (I bet there's a lot of guitarplayers that could manage the Soilwork stuff!). As we said, we're looking for a Swede, wanna be a rehearsing band again, hope you understand!"

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Soilwork Announce U.K., Turkish Dates

Swedish metallers SOILWORK have announced dates in the U.K. and Turkey in September. The details are as follows:

Sep. 17 - Norwich, UK @ Waterfront
Sep. 18 - Portsmouth, UK @ Wedgewood
Sep. 19 - Oxford, UK @ Zodiac
Sep. 20 - London, UK @ Mean Fiddler
Sep. 21 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Sep. 22 - Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse
Sep. 23 - Leeds, UK @ Cockpit
Sep. 24 - Manchester, UK @ Academy 3
Sep. 25 - Leicester, UK @ Charlotte
Sep. 26 - Birmingham, UK @ Ac 2
Sep. 27 - Cardiff, UK @ Barfly
Sep. 28 - Exeter, UK @ Lemongrove
Sep. 30 - Ankara, TUR @ Saklikent
Oct. 01 - Istanbul, TUR @ Studyio Live

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Darkane Drummer To Fill In For Soilwork In Europe

Soilwork are to planning to use Darkane drummer Peter Wildo er for a handful of European festivals. Current drummer Dirk Verbeuren, who lives in Los Angeles, couldn't get him reasonably priced flights to play the shows, which were confirmed at the last minute.

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New Soilwork Guitarist Has Not Been Confirmed

In a posting on the official Soilwork website, frontman Bjorn "Speed" Strid, has refuted rumours claiming that the band has added Dimension Zero/Pathos guitarist Daniel Antonsson to the lineup as replacement for Peter Wichers, who left the band in December.

"Let me also clarify some things about the guitarist situation: I know that some of you people have seen on some website (take a guess where...) that we have confirmed Daniel Antonsson as the new guitarist of Soilwork. It´s true that he´s been touring with us and we like him very much both as a human and as a player but we have NOT confirmed his spot in Soilwork. We have decided to go slow with this and really take our time before we make any decisions.. We´ll keep you updated on that story, nobody else..

"Peace, Speed"

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Soilwork Introduce New Guitarist

Sweden's SOILWORK have acquired guitarist Daniel Antonsson (DIMENSION ZERO, PATHOS) as the replacement for Peter Wichers, who left the band in December to pursue a career in producing. A video clip of the new SOILWORK lineup performing the track "One with the Flies" on April 11, 2006 at Voxhall in Aarhus, Denmark can be found at YouTube.com. A photo of Antonsson and fellow SOILWORK guitarist Ola Frenning playing live on March 2, 2006 in Budapest, Hungary can be viewed here

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Final Lineup For Metal Camp Festival Announced

This year's Metal Camp Festival is set to take place on July 21- 23 in Tolmin, Slovenia. The organizers have announced the addition of SOILWORK and very promissing Swedish newcomers SCAR SYMMETRY. Also appearing on the main stage are German Power metallers MYSTIC PROPHECY.

The Talent Forum Stage is being introduced for the first time this year. Bands set to play there include Blind Petition (AUT), Asterius (GER), Subhuman (ITA), Bleak Origin (CHE) and many others. For more information, visit the Metal Camp official page.

Below is the complete list of confirmed bands: More...

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Dark Tranquillity Confirmed For Peace & Love Fest

Dark Tranquillity have announced that they will be making an appearance at the Peace & Love Festival in Borlänge, Sweden, which will take place July 4-8. Other bands confirmed for the festival include the Haunted, Soilwork, Burst and Deathstars. For more information, visit visit www.peaceandlove.nu.

Dark Tranquillity recently finished touring North America with Opeth and are currently writing songs for follow-up to 2005's "Character."

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Soilwork to Tour with Darkest Hour and Others

Soilwork will be touring with Darkest Hour, Mnemic, and Threat Signal. Tour dates are as follows:

October 5 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx (no Darkest Hour)
October 7 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
October 9 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
October 12 - Cohoes, NY @ Saratoga Winners
October 15 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
October 17 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
October 20 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
October 21 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
November 5 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

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Phaze I Sign With Scarlet Records

Phaze I, a new project from brothers-in-crime David & Frank Potvin (Lyzanxia) and long time friend Dirk Verbeuren (Scarve, Soilwork) signed a deal with Scarlet Records. The band just finished working on their debut album, mastered by Peter In De Betou (Rammstein, Marduk, etc.) at Tailor Made Studios and already described as the perfect mix of extremely powerful bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Emperor, At The Gates, Strapping Young Lad and, of course, Lyzanxia and Scarve. "Apocalyptic Metal" is the right definition for Phaze I's sonic holocaust. The album is expected to hit the streets on May 22nd. You can listen to the track "Stench of Their Flesh" on the band's MySpace page.

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Soilwork Summer Festivals, Disarmonia Mundi Update

Soilwork have announced the following summer festivals:

May 06 Haugesund, NO - Karmøygeddon Festival
Jun. 03 Gelsenkirchen, D - Rock Hard Festival
Jun. 09-11Donnington, UK - Download Festival
Jun. 15-17 Hultsfred, SE - Hultsfred Festival
Jul. 07 Gothenburg, SE - Metal Town
Jul. 07-09 Ruissalon Kansanpuistossa, FI - Ruisrock
Jul. 07-08 Borlänge, SE - Peace & Love
Aug. 03-05 Wacken, D - Wacken Open Air

Frontman, Bjorn "Speed" Strid, checks in with the following Disarmonia Mundi and Soilwork updates:

"Hi there!

"I'm in Studio Fredman right now, mixing the new Disarmonia Mundi album. Things are going good but hectic as usual..
Hopefully everything goes well and the album can be released sometime in april/may..

"Soilwork is getting ready to hit the road again after a pretty long break (probably needed). To tell you the truth, the inspiration is flowing right now and we've already pretty much completed 2 new Soilwork songs that just sounds killer. I gotta say it was unexpected to get this kind of inspiration after all that happened, or maybe that was just the reason why..? I have more faith in this band than ever..

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Scarve Prepare To Record New Album

French metallers SCARVE have posted the following message on their official web site:

"We're currently adding the last bones to the rough skeleton of what will eventually become SCARVE album #4! About eight brutally groovy and savagely fast tracks are nearly complete now, and we have another three of four on the way, so it all looks quite ravishing here in our snowed-in rehearsal space in the Northeast of beautiful France. Dirk [Verbeuren, drums; also in SOILWORK] and Guillaume [Bideau, vocals] will head to Sweden's Dug-Out Studio next week to start tracking the drums with good ole' Daniel Bergstrand [MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES, STUCK MOJO] at the helm. In the meantime, sassy dude Mattias Nilsson will help Sylvain [Coudret, lead guitar], Patrick [Martin, rhythm guitar] and Loïc [Colin, bass] to fine-tune the guitar and bass sounds which we're tracking at home this time. Vocals and mixing duties will be handled by Daniel sometime in June. Until then, we'll do our best to keep you posted right here with diaries, studio pictures, videos of us naked and other fun stuff!"

SCARVE's follow-up to 2004's "Irradiant" is tentatively later this fall via Listenable Records.

SCARVE's Dirk Verbeuren recently joined SOILWORK as a full-fledged member after having laid down the drum tracks for the group's latest album, "Stabbing the Drama", and touring with the group for the past couple of years.

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