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SOILWORK have issued the following update with regards to their upcoming tour with THROWDOWN, due to kick off in February:
"We are happy to announce that we will be back in the States in February/March together with Throwdown, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD and WAR OF AGES! We are currently on a crazy US arena tour with the boys in KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, LAMB OF GOD and DEVILDRIVER. The tour is going towards the end and we have six more shows to go. It has been absolutely amazing and we've had some really good times! We wanna thank the bands, the crew and last but not the least, you the fans for giving us a very memorable experience. For those of you who've discovered us on this tour, we recommend you to check us out on next spring and see what it's like to be hit in the face by a longer Soilwork set; and for all of those who have seen us before, we'll see you in the front row!
Check out the Tour Dates section for a list of already confirmed shows. More dates will be added shortly, so please check back soon!
Confirmed tour dates, with more to be announced, currently include:
3 - Dallas, TX - The Door
4 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
5 - Houston, TX - Meridian
7 - Tampa, FL - StateTheatre
8 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
9 - Orlando, FL - Firestone
10 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
11 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
12 - Norfolk, VA - Norva
13 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
19 - Montreal, QC - Le Studio
20 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
21 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
27 - Boise, ID - The Big Easy
28 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
29 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
THROWDOWN will headline The Scum Of The Earth Tour, which is set to kick off in February and will cross the United States (and some Canadian cities as well) through early April. It is the band's first headlining tour in support of their new album, "Venom & Tears," which was released in August.
Joining Throwdown on the bill for the Scum Of The Earth Tour, which is presented by Black Rose District Clothing, will be Swedish metal madmen Soilwork, whose own "Sworn to a Great Divide" was recently released to rave reviews from fans and critics. THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD are also onboard, touring in support of a new album of their own, "Malice." War Of Ages rounds out what is sure to be a devastating lineup.
"We haven't headlined our own tour in a long time, which is exciting," commented Throwdown frontman Dave Peters. "The most rewarding thing about playing our songs live is interacting and communicating with the audience. And now that our new album has been out for a few months, the songs have had a chance to really sink in, and we're looking forward to seeing people's reactions to songs both new and old."
"We're also very stoked to be touring with Soilwork who are coming all the way over from Sweden," Peters added. "And with THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD and War Of Ages onboard, it's a very strong and diverse bill."
"Venom & Tears" is Throwdown's fastest-selling album, garnering favorable comparisons to landmark records by legendary metal bands while offering newfound metallic depth and emotional complexity. Peters recently interviewed Sepultura/ Soulfly founder Max Cavalera for Revolver's "Rebel Meets Rebel" feature.
Throwdown have spent the last four years on the road as part of Vans Warped Tour, Ozzfest, Sounds of the Underground and as support for Machine Head, Soulfly, Lamb Of God, In Flames and As I Lay Dying, pausing briefly to write and record "Venom & Tears" and 2005's "Vendetta" album.
Soilwork is currently part of a massive US tour with Killswitch Engage and Lamb Of God. The band's new single is featured as a downloadable track for Guitar Hero III. THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD will soon shoot another video with director Dave Brodsky, having taken part in a sold-out tour with All That Remains and As I Lay Dying. War Of Ages is busy writing the followup to Pride of the Wicked, which will be produced by Tim Lambesis.
The Scum Of The Earth Tour will be preceded by Throwdown dates in smaller cities on the West Coast with My Children My Bride and Arsonists Get All The Girls in support. Look for confirmed dates for that very soon.
"We're going to be stepping up our production on this tour as well, both sonically and visually," Peters added. "And with a bill as energized as this one, it's going to make for a great show all around."
Here are the confirmed dates for the SCUM OF THE EARTH TOUR featuring Throwdown, Soilwork, Through the Eyes of the Dead and War Of Ages: More...
More dates have been released for the tour next year featuring THROWDOWN, SOILWORK, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, and WAR OF AGES:
March 3 - Dallas, TX @ The Door
March 5 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
March 8 - Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
March 20 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
March 25 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes
March 27 - Boise, ID @ Big Easy
Swedish melodic death metallers SOILWORK are the latest act confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air 2008 which is scheduled for August 15th - 17th at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England.
Acts on the bill include: DIMMU BORGIR, AT THE GATES, OPETH, PRIMAL FEAR, MOONSORROW, SOILWORK, SWALLOW THE SUN, COMMUNIC, EVILE and ELUVEITIE.
The first date has been released for the tour next year featuring THROWDOWN, SOILWORK, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, and WAR OF AGES:
March 20 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
MetalSucks recently sat down with guitarist Ola Frenning of Swedish metal kings SOILWORK mere hours before their sold-out show at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, LAMB OF GOD, and DEVILDRIVER. Frenning talked about the tour, the band's new album "Sworn to a Great Divide", self-producing for the first time, the sudden exit of guitarist and songwriter Peter Wichers, future touring plans and more. An excerpt from the chat follows:
MetalSucks: How does it feel to be back on the road again after taking a break for so long to record the new album?
Frenning: It's fun, definitely. We were waiting for this. We had a long, long break while we were writing the songs and recording the album and so on. We just made one European tour, and this is actually the first tour promoting the new album.
MetalSucks: Speaking of the new album "Sworn to a Great Divide", how do you feel about that album as it stacks up against past SOILWORK?
Frenning: I'm very satisfied and happy with the album, definitely. We chose to record it back home, in our hometown so to say. All the previous albums we always went away to a studio some place else, and we had X amount of weeks that we were working. This time we just took it a little bit easy, and we produced a little bit more by ourselves. We also tried to have a little bit more dirty sound on this album, compared to the other ones. "Stabbing" ["Stabbing the Drama", 2005] was a little bit polished, that deep heavy sound and so on, and we just tried to get a little bit closer, down to earth sound. That's a little bit different compared to the others.
MetalSucks: How was it producing yourselves? You also produced with Peter from DARKANE, right?
Frenning: Yeah. It was a tough job. I don't know if I am gonna do it again! I guess a little… at least I will try to do it. But, um… we learned that we need a lot of time, a lot of breaks. You can't record the album, and the day after start to do the mix. So we need to have weeks, or months… a couple of weeks off before we start to mix it, because you're so into it and you hear the wrong things.
MetalSucks: Did you mix it yourselves too?
Frenning: Yeah, we mixed it and produced it.
MetalSucks: Except, of course, for Björn ["Speed" Strid] who did his vocals with Devin Townsend. He prefers to work with Devin, who, of course, did the "Natural Born Chaos" album?
Frenning: Devin is doing a great job with Björn. He really gets the best out of him. We were talking about Devin before we started this album. Everyone could chose what they wanted to do, and how they wanted to do it and so on… at that time we were actually out on tour with FEAR FACTORY, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, and DARKANE, on the US tour. So, they started to discuss and all of a sudden they decided that OK, they'll do the vocals together.
MetalSucks: What was the writing process like for this album? Obviously you guys replaced a guitarist [Peter Wichers] who was also a big writer for the band, so what was it like writing without him in the band? Was it a challenge?
Frenning: Eh, a little bit maybe… but we knew that everybody in the band can write music, and everybody wrote music. If you look at our early albums, the whole band was more involved. I guess it came a little bit naturally that Peter started to write more and more, because Peter, you know, he's a fast songwriter and a good songwriter of course. So it was a little bit of a struggle in the beginning, but after we made the first song and we felt that "Wow, this is kind of cool," and "Exile" was one of the first we made. And then we felt that there was a little more confidence… continuity… and also, this time the whole band was more involved.
Read the full article at metalsucks.
NEVERMORE frontman Warrel Dane has revealed a partial track listing for his upcoming solo debut, tentatively due in early 2008 via Century Media Records. 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. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include:
01. When We Pray
02. Messenger (featuring Jeff Loomis)
04. Let You Down (featuring Chris Broderick)
06. Feel Failure (Hail Yesterday)
08. Patterns (PAUL SIMON cover)
09. Praises To The War Machine (featuring James Murphy)
10. This Old Man More...
The fourth edition of Finnish Metal Expo will take place in Helsinki, February 15th-16th, with a meeting of international metal professionals (journalists, labels, promotions, etc.) being held a day earlier. On the 15th, the organizers will recognize fan-voted awards to Finnish artists/bands. The band schedule is as follows:
Friday, February 15th: TURISAS, MUNICIPAL WASTE, MUSTASCH, SOTAJUMALA, DISCARD, Finnish Metal Awards
Saturday, February 16th: SOILWORK, STAM1NA, KORPIKLAANI, NORTHER, THE SCOURGER, THE SORROW, KIUAS, AMBERIAN DAWN, tba
NEVERMORE frontman Warrel Dane has tapped James Murphy (ex-TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) and Jeff Loomis (NEVERMORE) to play guest solos on his upcoming 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. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "August", "Obey" (described by Dane as "one of my favorite songs that Peter has penned — very heavy and Dirk's [SOILWORK's Dirk Verbeuren] drumming is amazing on this track") and "Messenger". Also included will be a "very metalized cover" of an old SISTERS OF MERCY song.
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." More...
A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips and a four-part history of the label hosted by DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer.
The following clips can be found on the "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set:
01. DIMMU BORGIR - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
02. IMMORTAL - One By One
03. HYPOCRISY - Scrutinized
04. GOREFEST - The Glorious Dead
05. KATAKLYSM - Manipulator Of Souls
06. BENEDICTION - I Bow To None
07. PUNGENT STENCH - Shrunken And Mumified Bitch
08. BELPHEGOR - Sanctus Perversum
09. NILE - The Language Of The Shadows
10. DEATH - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
11. MALEVOLENT CREATION - Assasin Squad
12. DESTRUCTION - The Butcher Strikes Back
13. DEW SCENTED - Cities Of The Dead
14. ANTHRAX - What Doesn’t Die
15. EXODUS - Riot Act
16. DEATH ANGEL - The Devil Incarnate
17. I - Warriors
18. SONIC SYNDICATE - Psychic Suicide
19. CLAWFINGER - The Price We Pay
20. CHIMAIRA - Worthless
21. IN FLAMES - Only For The Weak
22. MESHUGGAH - Future Breed Machine
23. SOILWORK - Exile
24. THE DESTINY PROGRAM - Project Hoax
25. SCAR SYMMETRY - The Illusionist
26. THREAT SIGNAL - Counterbalance
27. MNEMIC - Ghost
28. EKTOMORF - Destroy
29. AGNOSTIC FRONT - Warriors
30. ALL SHALL PERISH - Eradication
31. BLEED THE SKY - God In The Frame
32. DARKANE - Solitary Confinement
33. THE DUSKFALL - Trust Is Overrated
34. ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET - So Grim, So True, So Real
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
40. SONATA ARCTICA - Caleb
41. GOTTHARD - Master Of Illusion
42. RAGE - Full Moon
43. GRAVE DIGGER - Valhalla
44. HELLOWEEN - Immortal
45. STRATOVARIUS - Why Are We Here
46. TAROT - Before The Skies Comes Down
47. THUNDERSTONE - Face In The Mirror
48. COMMUNIC - Conspiracy In Mind
49. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
50. CANDLEMASS - Of Stars And Smoke
51. CATHEDRAL - Corpsecycle
52. NIGHTWISH - Eva
53. AFTER FOREVER - Transitory
54. EPICA - Never Enough
55. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Voices In A Dream
56. SIRENIA - The Other Side
57. DEATHSTARS - Greatest Fight On Earth
58. SAMAEL - Valkyrie’s New Ride
59. THE KOVENANT - In The Name Of The Future
60. AMORPHIS - The White Swan
61. THERION - Der Mitternachtslöwe
62. CREMATORY - Revolution
63. FARMER BOYS - For The World To Sing
64. PYOGENESIS - Addiction Pole
65. LIQUIDO - Ordinary Life
66. CHROME DIVISION - Serial Killer
67. DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER - Riders On The Storm
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...
Nuclear Blast posted the following update on their European page:
For the first time in twenty years, the history of the label, NUCLEAR BLAST has four releases in the German Top 100 at the same time – two of them even in the Top 10!
Here´s the ranking of Week 44:
SUBWAY TO SALLY – Bastard # 7 (1st week)
NIGHTWISH – Dark Passion Play # 9 (4th week in the Top 10! Peak #1)
SOILWORK – Sworn To A Great Divide # 37 (1st week)
HAMMERFALL – Steel Meets Steel # 89 (2nd week, Peak # 53)
In addition, "Amaranth" (NIGHTWISH) is still in the german single charts! This time (Week 8) on # 45!
SOILWORK drummer Dirk Verbeuren has commented on the passing of DECAPITATED drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka, who died in a Russian hospital from injuries sustained in a recent road collision. He was 23 years old.
"I'm truly devastated about this untimely passing," Dirk said in a statement. "Vitek was without a doubt one of the most talented and hard-working extreme metal drummers around. He was a great inspiration to me, a mind-blowing force behind the kit. To die at such a young age and in such dramatic circumstances is just horrible. My deepest condolences to his wife and child, his family and friends, and to the band. Vitek will be sorely missed. R.I.P. Vitek."
The vast, expansive world of underground metal can leave even the most persistent headbanger’s music collection lacking of many of the industry’s finest songs. With the depths of MySpace and the many other music sites which lend themselves to the exploration of one’s musical tastes, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to dig up the finest metal gems. Moreover, some metal fans so deeply embed themselves in one sub-genre that they might be missing some truly great stuff. This brief guide is intended to give you, the metalhead, a reference to some of those songs that “make” an album, that rattle around in your head for hours, and that warrant a deeper exploration of a band’s entire body of work. Furthermore, newer metalheads will find a few older songs from current big-name artists that are worthy of tracking down. More...
Swedish melodic metallers, SOILWORK, recently broke into the Billboard Top 200 chart selling an impressive 5,000 copies of Sworn To A Great Divide their first week and coming in at #148. Lead singer, Björn “Speed” Strid, took a moment from his hectic touring schedule in Europe with DARK TRANQUILITY, CALIBAN and SONIC SYNDICATE to express his joy over the news: “I’m really psyched about getting into the Billboard charts at 148, which I’m told is our highest position ever in America! I’m very happy to see this and that people out there have stuck by us all this way. We'll see you all on tour in November/December with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, LAMB OF GOD and DEVILDRIVER. Peace out!”
Lamb Of God, Killswitch Engage and Soilwork tour dates include:
28 - Lowell, MA - Tsongas Arena
29 - Reading, PA - Reading Eagle Theatre
30 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
1 - Lewiston, ME - The Colisee
2 - Albany, NY - Washington Ave Armory
4 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit
5 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theatre
7 - Kansas City, KS - Memorial Hall
8 - Dallas, TX - Nokia Theatre
9 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete St. Amphitheatre
10 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
12 - Denver, CO - Fillmore
13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Salt Air
14 - Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Theatre
15 - Long Beach, CA - Long Beach Arena
16 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theater
17 - Rio Rancho, NM - Santa Ana Star Center
Richmond, Virginia thrashers MUNICIPAL WASTE are the final confirmed act for the Close-Up Båten metal cruise, which is scheduled to depart Stockholm, Sweden on February 14, 2008 and return the following day. The festival lineup is as follows:
For more information on Close-Up Båten, click here.
SOILWORK drummer Dirk Verbeuren has checked in with the following update:
"We're very happy to announce that Soilwork will be coming back to Finland, quite possibly THE European metal country, for five shows in February 2008! Check the tour dates page for more details."
"Also, the limited edition mailorder version in 7" sleeve of Sworn To A Great Divide is now sold out. Thanks to all of you who went out and bought the album upon its release! And remember, it's not too late to grab a copy of the limited edition CD+DVD!"
"Meanwhile, we'll see you all on the road very soon. Keep on checking back for more confirmed tours and shows."
Confirmed Finnish dates are as follows:
15 - Turku - Klubi
16 - Helsinki - Cable Factory
17 - Tampere - 2250
18 - Jyväskylä - Lutakko
19 - Mikkeli - Night Vakuna
SOILWORK frontman Björn "Speed" Strid recently spoke to MTV.com about the group's new album, "Sworn to a Great Divide", which he believes is the band's most diverse offering to date.
"We can't make the same album twice," he explained. "Our music, it comes out in a natural way. We want to top ourselves every time, and we learn from the previous recording and try to take it to the next level. I definitely think we have developed our own sound, which is kind of hard nowadays. We were one of the originators of this balance between melodies and intensity, and we've developed that through the years. In the beginning, it was mostly the guitars that took care of the melodies. Now, it's in a different shade — it's more like the vocals take care of some of that stuff."
SOILWORK shot a video back in July for the album's lead single, "Exile", which Strid said has an unusual plotline.
"This director [Daniel Larsson] contacted us, and he had a tricky concept for the video," the singer explained. "His idea was that the whole band would be locked inside these speakers and amps, and this girl's walking her dog and she finds the speakers and amps in the bushes. She gets addicted to the music that comes out, and she wants to present it to the world — but we're working against her, tumbling around in the speakers. It's actually quite cool."
SOILWORK's music will be featured in the upcoming video game "Overclocked", a thriller about an Army psychiatrist who's called to evaluate five young patients who've lost their memories. The band wrote an exclusive song, also called "Overclocked", for the game. Strid said they also hope to issue a DVD next year, as it will mark the 10th anniversary of "Steelbath Suicide"'s release.
"It will be a live DVD," he said. "We wanted to do something special for our fans, and we've got lots of material already. We want to film some more shows soon — maybe even tape one show from each continent we hit on our tour."
SOILWORK's entire new album, "Sworn to a Great Divide", is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.
Due in North America on October 23 via Nuclear Blast Records, an exclusive Nuclear Blast Online Shop mailorder edition of "Sworn to a Great Divide" is limited to only 500 copies and comes in a 7' gatefold-style package. The package contains the entire new album plus a bonus DVD with a live show, plus footage from the studio and more. Also included in this package is a 3' mini-CD with two bonus tracks not found on the standard version of the album.
The official release date for the package is October 19.
The vocals for the new CD were recorded in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with the help of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mastermind Devin Townsend. More...
Dark Tranquillity are currently out on the road with Soilwork, Caliban and Sonic Syndicate. They posted an update on their website:
Things are so far going fine on the Eastpak Antidote tour. With The UK freshly conquered, we're now sharpening our blades to strike through the heart of the European mainland. Tonight's show in Den Bosch, Holland is entirely sold out, so it'll be a blast for sure. Some fan-filmed video snippets are up on YouTube, so do a quick search if so inclined. Tranquillity with one "L", please. British spelling.
All bands are delivering their metal goods with great intensity and dedication night after night, and it really feels like the whole tour is going down really well. Check out some blog posts from the various bands at www.antidotetour.com to get some perspectives on life on the road.