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

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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 Contribute Song To Nuclear Blast Game

Swedish metallers SOILWORK have contributed a new song called "Overclocked" to the soundtrack of the European point-and-click adventure game of the same name, due in Europe on October 12 via Anaconda. The track will also be available for purchase via the Nuclear Blast Musicshop.

Overclocked is being developed by House of Tales, the Germany-based studio that worked on other point-and-clickers The Moment of Silence and Mystery of the Druids. The psychological thriller focuses on army psychiatrist David McNamara, who is called to Staten Island Forensic Hospital to evaluate the condition of five young patients who have lost their memories to try to get to the root of their psychological trauma. In the game, the player switches between the six different characters as they explore their memories.

SOILWORK recently announced plans to film a video for the song "Exile" in Gothenburg, Sweden. According to the group's vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid, the clip "has a pretty trippy script. I'm sure it's gonna turn out awesome!"

"Exile" comes off SOILWORK's new album, "Sworn to a Great Divide", due on October 19 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The vocals for the new CD were recorded in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with the help of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mastermind Devin Townsend. The track listing for the effort is as follows:

01. Sworn To A Great Divide
02. Exile
03. Breeding Thorns
04. Your Beloved Scapegoat
05. The Pittsburgh Syndrome
06. I, Vermin
07. Light Discovering Darkness
08. As The Sleeper Awakes
09. Silent Bullet
10. Sick Heart River
11. 20 More Miles

SOILWORK recently announced the addition of guitarist Daniel Antonsson (DIMENSION ZERO, PATHOS) to the group's ranks.

SOILWORK's last CD, "Stabbing the Drama", is available on Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Figure Number Five" was recorded at Fascination Street studios in Örebro and Dug-Out Productions in Uppsala, Sweden with producer Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES, STUCK MOJO).

Guitarist Peter Wichers left SOILWORK in December 2005 to pursue a career in producing.

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Demonoid Working On New Material

DEMONOID, the Swedish old-school death/thrash metal project featuring THERION members Kristian Niemann (guitar) and Johan Niemann (bass) along with former SOILWORK/CHIMAIRA drummer Richard Evensand, is working on material for its second full-length CD, tentatively due next year. "The writing for the new album is going quite well....it will crush," says Kristian. "Of course. Imagine a 100-ton block of concrete falling on your nutsack (or head, if you're a girl)....that's how much it will crush!!!!! Now if you don't have: a) a nutsack, nor b) a head, well then.....you just have to take my word for it!"

In other news, DEMONOID has secured the services of a new vocalist following the departure of THERION's Christofer Johnsson, who sang on the group's debut, 2004's "Riders of the Apocalypse". Although the band has yet to reveal the new frontman's identity, "I think you will all agree it's a pretty good choice," says Kristian. "We're very fortunate to have him. In fact, I wet myself every night just thinking about it. The man, the myth, the legend..."

According to the band's official bio, "the musical concept of DEMONOID is not symphonic metal like THERION; in fact, the band strived to go back in time and create a fresh and challenging combination of basically old school death and violent thrash metal elements, also mingled with a touch of modern black metal. Both Kristian and Johan have gotten into the more brutal forms of metal quite lately and some of their references are CRADLE OF FILTH and DIMMU BORGIR, while Christofer, having been the growler of THERION in earlier days, has extended knowledge of the thrash and death scene from late '80s and early '90s. Thus bands like SLAYER and BATHORY as well as all the old-school death metal bands from those the early times rank among his main references. Those facts create a very interesting combination, featuring Kristian's more than awesomely awesome guitar work, Christofer's by far best vocal performances up to now, Richard's insanely powerful and technical kick-ass drumming and Johan's crushing, inventive, heavy-as-a-brick-on-your-scrotum bass lines."

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Dark Tranquillity To Play Greece With Samael

Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY will play two shows in Greece in November. Support on the dates will come from Switzerland's SAMAEL. The edtails are as follows:

Nov. 03 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Hydrogios
Nov. 04 - Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205

Commented DARK TRANQUILLITY: "This will be the first time in five years that we're visiting these cities, so rest assured that it'll be an experience out of the ordinary."

DARK TRANQUILLITY has confirmed its participation in the Eastpak Antidote European tour alongside SOILWORK, CALIBAN and SONIC SYNDICATE.

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Dark Tranquillity To Tour Europe With Soilwork

Dark Tranquillity have confirmed on the band's web site that they will be embarking on the Eastpak Antidote Tour European tour with Soilwork, Caliban and Sonic Syndicate.

Here is the list of tour dates:

Sep. 30 Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
Oct. 01 Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfun Hall
Oct. 02 Leeds, UK - Cockpit
Oct. 03 London, UK - Islington Academy
Oct. 04 Nottingham, UK - Rockcity
Oct. 05 Newcastle, UK - Academy
Oct. 06 Glasgow, UK - Garage
Oct. 07 Norwich, UK - Waterfront
Oct. 09 Den Bosch, Holland - W2
Oct. 10 Utrecht, Holland - Tivoli
Oct. 11 Hasselt, Belgium - Musik O Droom
Oct. 12 Paris, France - La Tabendo
Oct. 13 Marseille, France - venue tba
Oct. 14 Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz
Oct. 16 Milan, Italy - Alcatrazz
Oct. 17 Zurich, Switzerland - Abart
Oct. 18 Munich, Germany - Backstage
Oct. 19 Vienna, Austria - Arena
Oct. 20 Prague, Czech Republic - Akropolis
Oct. 21 Budapest, Hungary - A 38
Oct. 23 Karlsruhe, Germany - Substage
Oct. 24 Berlin, Germany - SO 36
Oct. 25 Köln, Germany - Live Music Hall
Oct. 26 Hamburg, Germany - Grunspan

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Soilwork Endorsed By NASCAR Racer, Speed Checks In

Soilwork vocalist Speed checks in with a less than speedy (I couldn't resist) report on the last few months recording in Vancouver with Devin Townsend:

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"It's Speed.. I'm reporting to you from the lovely town of Vancouver where I'm currently being held prisoner in Mr.Devin Townsend's dungeon. The vocal recording is going great! It feels really good teaming up once again with Devin, 5 years have passed since we worked together on the Natural Born Chaos album, can't believe it..

Well, he sure knows how to get the best out of my voice. He really knows what buttons to push to bring my personality to the forefront, even though he smells like ass and haven't showered since i arrived.
We're more than halfway through the album after 8 days of work and I truly feel it's my best performance ever.

He definately knows how singers feel, being stucked in a vocal booth for 2 weeks screaming their lungs out, so he has provided me with an amp and a couple of guitars that i can jam with during breaks, awesome..i thank him for that.. We'll keep you updated the coming days.."

5/5
"I´m back in Sweden now after finishing the vocals. I had a blast recording the vox with Devin, even though i pulled three muscles on the side of my torso from all the singing..crazy! Well, I tell you, i'm very pleased with the result! Thanx a bunch Dev for a good time in Vancouver!

In order to get some rest, i went to Phoenix before heading back home.
I also had the chance to go to Tucson and watch Nascar. My dear friend and Soilwork fan Stormin' Ron Norman was racing and won that night, what a blast! He has one big Soilwork sticker on both sides of his car, so i can proudly announce the official Soilwork Mobile! Check out the pics...

We'll be back shortly...

Peace, Speed"

The pics he talks about are posted here. He has followed up with some promising news on the upcoming video which will be for the song "Exile". The video recording will take place in Gothenburg. More to come...

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Nevermore Frontman Issue Solo Album Update

NEVERMORE frontman Warrel Dane is currently recording his debut solo album, which is tentatively due in early 2008. Dane has written about eight tracks with former SOILWORK guitarist-turned-producer Peter Wichers and has also collaborated with ex-HIMSA guitarist Matt Wicklund on a few songs.

Wichers has issued the following update on the project: "I just came back from Baltimore (Wrightway studios) after recording drums together with Dirk Verbeuren [SOILWORK, SCARVE] for Warrel's solo record.

"Now, this record will be friggin' sweet, and I just started laying down some guitars for it a couple of says ago. More...

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Soilwork To Film Video For "Exile"

Swedish metallers SOILWORK will film a video for the song "Exile" in Gothenburg, Sweden. According to the group's vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid, the clip "has a pretty trippy script. I'm sure it's gonna turn out awesome!"

"Exile" comes off SOILWORK's new album, "Sworn to a Great Divide", due on October 19 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The vocals for the new CD were recorded in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with the help of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mastermind Devin Townsend. The track listing for the effort is as follows:

01. Sworn To A Great Divide
02. Exile
03. Breeding Thorns
04. Your Beloved Scapegoat
05. The Pittsburgh Syndrome
06. I, Vermin
07. Light Discovering Darkness
08. As The Sleeper Awakes
09. Silent Bullet
10. Sick Heart River
11. 20 More Miles

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Soilwork Guitarist Offers New Album Update

Soilwork has issued the following update on the progress of their new album:

"Peter and I just finished the mix of the last song. Which means, the new Soilwork album is done. All I can say, it sound´s excellent... great sound, great playing and a good mix of songs.
Im very happy to have an album in my CD-collection, that no one else has... yet!

So, the case "Soilwork recording 2007" is closed. And, hopefully, the album will be out before the snow starts to fall.

See ya
/Ola Frenning"

Soilwork are proud to announce that the release for their upcoming album, Sworn to a Great Divide, has been set for October 19 2007 through Nuclear Blast Records.

The tracklist:

1. Sworn To A Great Divide
2. Exile
3. Breeding Thorns
4. Your Beloved Scapegoat
5. The Pittsburgh Syndrome
6. I, Vermin
7. Light Discovering Darkness
8. As The Sleeper Awakes
9. Silent Bullet
10. Sick Heart River
11. 20 More Miles

You can watch Ola Frenning being interviewed, in Finland, on the subject below:

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Soilwork Complete New Album

SOILWORK guitarist Ola Frenning has posted this message on the band's official website:

"Peter (Wildoer - DARKANE drummer) and I just finished the mix of the last song, which means, the new SOILWORK album is done. All I can say, it sounds excellent... great sound, great playing and a good mix of songs. I'm very happy to have an album in my CD collection. that no one else has... yet!

So, the case 'SOILWORK recording 2007' is closed. And, hopefully, the album will be out before the snow starts to fall.

See ya,

/Ola Frenning"

Here are the band's upcoming live dates::

June 29 - Linz, Austria - Soul Of Metal
June 30 - Varia-vigala, Estonia - Hard Rock Laager Fest
July 15 - Joensuu, Finland - Ilosaari Rock
Oct. 5 - Notodden, Norway - Motstoy Festival
Nov. 17 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Danish Metal Awards

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Nevermore Frontman To Begin Recording in August

Nevermore frontman Warrel Dane is scheduled to enter the studio in early August to begin recording his solo debut, tentatively due in early 2008.

In a September 2006 interview with Metal-Rules.com, Dane stated about the upcoming solo CD, "I've been working on it for like the last year off and on, just writing songs with Peter Wichers, and at some point we'll finish them then go in the studio . . . It doesn't sound like Nevermore, and I think, you know, if it did, there wouldn't be much point in doing a side project. If it sounded like Nevermore I think it would be a little redundant . . . Of course it's metal! Kind of like metal-infused hard rock, I think. It's different and it's a chance for me to explore myself — explore myself in other ways! [laughs] Well, for me, and for Peter from Soilwork as well, it was kind of a chance for us both to 'step outside the box,' because people expect a certain thing from both those bands and with this we don't have to fulfill any expectations. We can do whatever we want."

Dane stated a year ago that his solo debut would include an appearance by Warrel's former Sanctuary (pre-Nevermore) bandmate Dave Budbill (Zerocreep) on drums.

Ex-Soilwork guitarist-turned-producer Peter Wichers has issued the following update:

"Well I must admit that it is nice to be back East after being in LA for a while. Nashville feels a lot like Sweden in many ways and me and the family love it already.

I am taking some time off for the summer to spend with my family and once we come back I plan on finding a place to set up a small studio to track the future projects that I'm working on.

The Warrel Dane solo record is planned to start in the first week of August and as of now I have written about eight together, and Warrel is also collaborating with Matt Wicklund (Himsa) for a few songs.

Keep checking in from time to time on my MySpace because I plan on putting up a sample of the new Nuclear Blast album that I just finished.

Have a great summer!"

Peter

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Soilwork Complete Vocal Tracks For New Album

Singer Björn "Speed" Strid of the Swedish metallers SOILWORK recently finished laying down vocal tracks for the group's new album in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with the help of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mastermind Devin Townsend. He has since issued the following update:

"I'm back in Sweden now after finishing the vocals. I had a blast recording the vocals with Devin, even though I pulled three muscles on the side of my torso from all the singing… crazy! Well, I tell you, I'm very pleased with the result! Thanks a bunch, Dev, for a good time in Vancouver!

"In order to get some rest, I went to Phoenix before heading back home. I also had the chance to go to Tucson and watch NASCAR. My dear friend and SOILWORK fan Stormin' Ron Norman was racing and won that night; what a blast! He has one big SOILWORK sticker on both sides of his car, so I can proudly announce the official SOILWORK mobile!" More...

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Lion's Share To Film "The Edge Of The Razor" Video

Swedish heavy metal masters LION'S SHARE will film a video for the song "The Edge of the Razor" on April 15 in Stockholm. The track features a guest solo from Bruce Kulick (KISS), and comes off the group's comeback album, "Emotional Coma," which is scheduled for release on June 15 through AFM Records. You can check out the cover artwork at lionsshare.org.

According to a press release, "Emotional Coma" is "the heaviest and most powerful LION'S SHARE record to date" and it features guest appearances by Kulick, Glen Drover (MEGADETH) and Mats Levén (THERION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN). The band features guitar player and founding member Lars Chriss, along with vocalist Patrik Johansson (ASTRAL DOORS, WUTHERING HEIGHTS), bass player Sampo Axelsson (GLENN HUGHES) and well-known session drummer Richard Evensand (CHIMAIRA, SOILWORK, THERION).

As previously reported, here is the "Emotional Coma" track listing: More...

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Lion's Share Signs With AFM Records

After four successful albums and several tours with bands like MANOWAR, DIO, MOTÖRHEAD, SAXON, U.D.O., ICED EARTH and NEVERMORE, Swedish heavy metal masters LION'S SHARE are back with their long-awaited comeback masterpiece, "Emotional Coma", due out on June 15 in Europe through AFM Records. The band features guitar player and founding member Lars Chriss, along with vocalist Patrik Johansson (ASTRAL DOORS, WUTHERING HEIGHTS), bass player Sampo Axelsson (GLENN HUGHES) and well-known session drummer Richard Evensand (CHIMAIRA, SOILWORK, THERION).

Commented Chriss: "We are extremely proud and honored to be a part of such a great label as AFM Records. AFM is home to many great bands and we couldn't be more excited to be a part of that roster. It feels great to work with a label staff that understands our music and goals. We are looking forward to a long and successful cooperation."

According to a press release, "Emotional Coma" is "the heaviest and most powerful LION'S SHARE record to date" and it features guest appearances by Bruce Kulick (KISS), Glen Drover (MEGADETH) and Mats Levén (THERION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN).

Commented Markus Wosgien, A&R of AFM Records: "The new record is heavy metal at its finest. It shows the band from another side, less progressive, more straight and metal. If you are into the old gods like SAXON, JUDAS PRIEST or ACCEPT — you will love this unique and high-class record, which is a new beginning in the history of this amazing band."

Here is the "Emotional Coma" track listing:

01. Cult of Denial
02. The Arsonist
03. Emotional Coma (feat. Glen Drover)
04. Clones of Fate
05. The Edge of the Razor (feat. Bruce Kulick)
06. Toxication Rave
07. Trafficking
08. Bloodstained Soil
09. Soultaker
10. Hatred's My Fuel
11. Sorcerers (ANGEL WITCH cover)
12. Ring of Stupidity (bonus track for Japan and digipak)

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Soilwork Frontman Checks In With Studio Update

Soilwork vocalist, Bjorn "Speed" Strid, has checked in with the following update on the band's web site:

"What up people?

"As you can see on the photos [photo 1, photo 2, photo 3, photo 4, photo 5, photo 6], we're riffing like we're obsessed in the studio..
The guitarsound kicks ass...

"I have started my 2 weeks of decadence, getting drunk and write lyrics..that's usually how i do it and it usually works just fine. I have some finished songtitles, thought i might as well share them with ya.. We have 'Your Beloved Scapegoat,' 'Light Discovering Darkness,' 'The Snare Broken' and 'The Pittsburgh Syndrome' so far...
Hmm, curious to see the reactions on that last songtitle....
Stay tune for more info..."

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Soilwork Add Second Guitarist

Soilwork has announced the addition of a second guitarist with Daniel Antonsson formerly of the band Dimension Zero. Soilwork is currently in the studio working on a new album.

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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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