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

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Soilwork Confirm Finnish Tour Dates

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:

February
15 - Turku - Klubi
16 - Helsinki - Cable Factory
17 - Tampere - 2250
18 - Jyväskylä - Lutakko
19 - Mikkeli - Night Vakuna

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Soilwork To Release DVD Next Year

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."

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Stream Soilwork's Entire New Album Online

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...

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Dark Tranquillity Update From The Road


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.

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Lamb Of God Post Audio Commercial For Winter Tour


Lamb of God recently posted an audio clip advertising their upcoming winter tour with Killswitch Engage, DevilDriver, and Soilwork on their official website. Check it out here.

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Soilwork Post New Song Online

A brand new SOILWORK track, entitled "The Pittsburgh Syndrome", has been posted on the group's MySpace page. The song comes off the Swedish metallers' new album, "Sworn to a Great Divide", which will be released in North America on October 23 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. More...

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Soilwork Comment On KSE, Lamb Of God Tour

Swedish metallers SOILWORK have commented on being part of the upcoming LAMB OF GOD, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE co-headlining US Tour that commences in late November.

Says singer Björn Strid: "We are thrilled to be on this tour which we think is the best tour package to hit the states for a very long time. We've toured with the boys in Killswitch Engage a couple of times before and we both sure do know how to share a bottle(s) of Jack. We always had a blast! We haven't toured with Lamb Of God or DEVILDRIVER before but we've occasionally run into each other and all we can say is that we definitely dig their music and are really looking forward to get to know those guys better. Prepare to soil your pants people!”

Soilwork recently stopped by Sirius Radio studio in New York to talk about their new record Sworn To A Great Divide. Tune into Hard Attack on Sirius Radio this Thursday at 7pm EST to hear the interview and tracks off the new record. Rebroadcasts are Friday at noon EST, Saturday 3pm EST and Sunday 6pm EST.

Sworn To A Great Divide is slated for release in North America through Nuclear Blast Records on October 23rd 2007.

The band’s latest video for the track 'Exile' can be viewed below.

Lamb Of God, Killswitch Engage and Soilwork tour dates include:

November
28 - Lowell, MA - Tsongas Arena
29 - Reading, PA - Reading Eagle Theatre
30 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom

December
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

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Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage Co-Headline Tour

LAMB OF GOD and Killswitch Engage have announced that they will be teaming up for a late fall co-headlining tour. Almost four years after their first run together on MTV2’s Headbangers Ball Tour, the two powerhouses have reunited to bring holiday mayhem throughout the US. The tour will begin on November 28th in Lowell, Massachusetts and end on December 17th in Albuquerque, New Mexico with LAMB OF GOD and Killswitch Engage alternating headlining slots each night. Directly supporting these metal juggernauts will be DevilDriver, with Swedish metallers Soilwork kicking off the show each evening.

LAMB OF GOD will be wrapping up the Sacrament album cycle with this tour. After 18 months of touring with Slayer, Megadeth, Ozzfest, Heaven and Hell, and headlining runs in the US, Japan, Australia, UK and Europe, LAMB OF GOD will take 2008 off to prepare for a new CD. Fans will get a new dose of LAMB OF GOD in 2008 with a full length DVD, set for release in the spring. The DVD will document the entire Sacrament experience, beginning with rehearsals for the albums recording straight through this headline run.

“Yes the rumors are true, Killswitch and LAMB OF GOD are back together again” Killswitch vocalist Howard Jones affirms. “We had our honeymoon four years ago and now it’s time to renew our metal vows. This is your official invitation - the only one you will ever need.”

Chris Adler from LAMB OF GOD adds "Touring the Sacrament album has been some of the most exciting times we have ever experienced. It has taken us around the world several times over, playing the biggest shows of our career with some of the best bands in the business and in front of the greatest fans in the world. We are tighter, stronger and smarter than we have ever been and before we put the machine that is LAMB OF GOD to bed for a little while and call an end to the touring cycle, we want to bring it to the next level. So together with our true friends in Killswitch, DevilDriver and Soilwork we plan to bring you something that won't be forgotten. Thanks to everyone who has supported us and we are looking forward to one more brutal evening with all of you!!!"

Presale tickets will go on sale on October 3 through www.lamb-of-god.com. Tickets go on sale to the public on October 12 and 13 – check your local listings for details.

Here are the latest Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage co-headlining tour dates with DevilDriver and Soilwork: More...

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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:

4/22
"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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