Band Photo: Soilwork (?)
From: Helsingborg, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active
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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.
Peter Wichers, former guitar player for Soilwork, has chosen Samadhi to be his first solo production/engineering gig. They are scheduled to start work in early May, and hope to be done in four weeks time. Look for the Samadhi full-length soon after. To check out some sound samples, go to www.myspace.com/samadhi.
Soilwork frontman, Bjorn "Speed" Strid, has checked in with the following new years update:
"What's up folks!?
"I hope you had a blasting beginning of the new year!
I had a pretty relaxed new years eve, had to take a break from the booze..
Sweden is drowned in snow and not much to do except sitting inside watching movies.. I made a nice purchase when i found the Deep Purple dvd "California Jam 74", it fucken rocks..holy shit!
"I've also joined a bluesband that i'm jamming with 1 or 2 times a week. I've always wanted to try out something like that, no side project just a jam you can do when you have the time.. It was a kick and a challenge to sing something different and i'm sure i can develop my voice playing around with it, singing the blues.. We're playing songs by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Johnny Lang, Clapton etc. Before someone says it, no i will not turn myself and Soilwork into a bluesband...
Just having fun...
"Other than that, working on a replacement for Peter... I'm sure we'll make a decision soon. As you can see we've updated the tourdates with some festivals around Europe. There's a lot more to come, both festivals and tours, so stay tune!
Frontman Bjorn "Speed" Strid posted this message on the official Soilwork website on the departure of guitarist Peter Wichers and the recording of the second Disarmonia Mundi album:
"I wanna thank everybody for their strong support and their faith in the band. You guys always stay with us through thick and thin, this makes me and the band confident and eager once again to show the world that we will kick ass like never before!
On the behalf of Peter i can say that you guys gave him such a strong support and many kind words of encouragement to be able to proceed with his "new life". He will never forget those words, i can tell you that..THANK YOU!
"Right now i'm down in Italy to record the second Disarmonia Mundi album. I've just finished the vocals and will return home to Sweden tomorrow.
I've got a lot of positive response about the first Mundi album and i can assure you that the second one will not make you disappointed..
"Man, this year has been the busiest year in my life, so many months on the road with Soilwork and then recording 3 albums in between.. I think i need a break to recharge the batteries.. I wanna take the time to thank all the people for coming out to the shows and the people who hung out with us during the tours.. This year will for sure not be forgotten..
"Talk to ya soon..
RockDetector.com is publishing a two-volume book set, "Scandinavian Rock & Metal", in the first quarter of 2006. The books cover all styles of rock and metal from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. In the now-expected Rockdetector style, executive editor Garry Sharpe-Young covers each band's history in meticulous detail, including lineups, URLs and a complete discography, along with track listings, labels, catalogue numbers and chart positions. The two books will each be approximately 500 pages each, listing well over 1,200 bands covering heavy metal, death metal, black metal, melodic rock, progressive rock and beyond. Fjords, Vikings, the midnight sun and a thousand lakes — the perfect breeding ground for the most epic of heavy metal! Scandinavia has exported its rock and metal to all corners of the globe, ranging from the shred exploits of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, the operatic pioneers NIGHTWISH, the pomptastic EUROPE, the heavyweight HAMMERFALL to the extremist forms of black and death metal in EMPEROR, MAYHEM, DIMMU BORGIR, MARDUK, DARKTHRONE and BURZUM. "Scandinavia has really been the hotbed for emerging rock talent for over a decade now," says Garry Sharpe-Young. "Once EUROPE, TNT and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN had made their mark on the international scene, Norway's floodgates opened and poured a black metal plague upon the world with BURZUM, EMPEROR, MAYHEM, DIMMU BORGIR, and DARKTHRONE. Since then, Sweden made a huge impact with acts such as HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, SOILWORK and KATATONIA and subsequently Finland has really raised its head and is now without question the most metal place on planet earth! All these bands, from all genre spectrums are included. Some of the band histories are positively labyrinthine when you get into the detail of who played for who under what pseudonym. This really is a true monster of a book."
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT are the latest confirmed band for the MetalMania 2006 festival, set to take place March 4, 2006 at Spodek in Katowice, Poland. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
Guitarist Peter Wichers has left Sweden's SOILWORK. His official statement on the matter reads as follows:
"I have decided to part ways with SOILWORK.
"This has been one of my hardest decisions to make, and SOILWORK has not only been my band but my second family and very good friends for almost 10 years.
"I'm just worn out from all the touring and I have reached a point in my life where touring is just not possible for me anymore. I need a break from the touring so that I can actually begin to build a more solid ground to stand on for the future. More...
DARKANE guitarist Christofer Malmström has posted the following tour reports on the band's official web site:
"Yes, tonight ( 12/04) we played the 32nd show of the U.S. tour here in Seattle, WA and tomorrow we'll end the tour in Vancouver where I will finally meet the drummer of my solo project NON-HUMAN LEVEL, Ryan van Poederooyen.
"OK, so we crashed into Seattle... sorry, ...no, we actually crashed in Seattle this morning. Everybody was sleeping when we suddenly woke up by the bus shaking and braking heavily. I thought it would flip over, but in the last second everything was still. All curtains of the bunks opened and a lot of surprised metalheads stuck out their heads. It turned out we had crashed into another car on the freeway right outside Seattle. It was kind of scary, but no one was seriously hurt, I think. After an hour or so, we could leave and head for downtown Seattle, which I think is a very nice city!More...
Soilwork frontman, Bjorn "Speed" Strid, checked in with the following report:
"We have 3 shows to go on this tour, the bus is getting close to stink worse than you ever can imagine, still we've had an amazing tour...We got stopped by the police on the border to California and they searched through the whole bus for drugs, i tell you: poor dogs!! I don't even think the dogs would have found a bag filled with 20 pound cocain in there.. We couldn't possibly found a better band to share the bus with Darkane though, since we come from the same little town we had a lot to talk about during the tour...
"You also might know that we got an award on the Danish Metal Awards as the best international act which of course was really cool since we were competing with acts like System of a Down and The Haunted.. So, a big hail to the people voting for Soilwork!
"Bill Ward from Black Sabbath came to watch our show in Anaheim and got his own reserved seat on the balcony. He came to the dressing room after the show and said he loved the set and praised Dirk's drumming... Thanx for coming out Bill!!
"In Anaheim we also celebrated the 100th show for the 'Stabbing the drama' album since march when the album was released.. More to come..
"Also a big hail to Meshuggah drummer Thomas Haake for joining the "Bus-diving-party" in Anaheim.. i'm surprised we didn't break the bus in half....
"Other than that, keep the Soilwork tattoo pics coming, i know there's a helluva lot more pics to be sent to our site...
Soilwork frontman, Bjorn "Speed" Strid, has checked in from Houston, TX with the following tour report:
"What's up people!?
"Sitting in a very dark and cold dressing room in Houston at the Meridian. I got very surprised when i got up this morning and felt how cold it was outside... Is it usually as cold as this in Texas?! I know it's going towards the end of november but still... Anyways, still having a lot of fucking fun on this tour, had a day off in New Orleans yesterday.. We saw all the devastation when we drove into the city, boats lying in the middle of the road, fragments of what used to be a peaceful community.. it was scary to see the terrible outcome after Katrina passed by, just 2 months earlier (as you might remember, we were in Memphis that day).. What i could also see was that the city is after all getting back on it's feet again (which of course made us very happy) so we decided to go downtown to support the nightlife and spend some money on barhopping (at least something, right!?) Had a good time down there drinking the all time classic Handgrenade and went to see some awesome livebands.. I hope they will start up the House of Blues soon again so that we can come down again and play some of that swedish metal once again..
Also a big hail to Damien Storm for hanging out with us, had a blast!!
"Other than that not much to say.. A really great tour so far, shitloads of people and great circlepits every night.. Thanks for rocking out people and keep em coming..
Continuing the highly successful Metal For The Masses series, the Century Family unseals Metal For The Masses Volume Four, once again exclusive to Hot Topic locations nationwide. The 2-disc compilation contains 40 tracks totaling over 2 hours of music. The artwork for Volume Four incorporates the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to stunning effect and also depicts the album art for each featured artist within as well as additional artist and album information. Volume Four comes housed in a deluxe double Digipak and is available now at all Hot Topic locations nationwide.
Started in 2003, Metal For The Masses has become The Century Family's largest-selling compilation series, replacing the budget priced Identity series. The Metal For The Masses series is also one of Hot Topic's longest-running exclusive compilations. Selling well over 60,000 copies each, Metal For The Masses continues to disseminate the word of metal.
Disc One Includes Century Media Artists:
God Forbid, Manntis, Diecast, Brand New Sin, Agents Of Man, Shadows Fall, Arch Enemy, The Haunted, Behemoth, Old Man's Child, Naglfar, Strapping Young Lad, Nevermore, Eyes Of Fire, Into Eternity, Cryptopsy, Watch Them Die, Napalm Death, Despised Icon and Immolation
Disc Two Includes:
Nuclear Blast Artists: Dimmu Borgir, Soilwork, In Flames, Meshuggah, Bleed The Sky, Darkane, Mnemic, Hypocrisy, Exodus and Cathedral
Liquor And Poker Music Artists: Fireball Ministry, Nebula, The Hellacopters, The Illuminati, The Black Halos, Crash Kelly, The Thieves, Scott Reeder, American Heartbreak and Backyard Babies
Coldseed, a project featuring Soilwork vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid and Savage Circus drummer Thomen Stauch (also formerly of Blind Guardian), have officially signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The group's debut album will be available in spring 2006. In the meantime, you can check out some of their material here.
DARKANE are currently treading on U.S. soil for the first time, joined by FEAR FACTORY, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and SOILWORK. Guitarist Christofer Malmström posted the following update from the band's North American tour:
"Today we´re in Milwaukee, WI. Been doing four shows so far, so only 29 to go! The audience has been really great so far! I´m surprised that so many people have shown up for the opening act... something that is not taken for granted when you open up in Europe.
Two days ago we were in Chicago. The first thing we did was to take a walk in that beautiful city to the Sears Tower, the tallest building in the US. The view was fantastic! We also took a group photo with this green screen where they put the tower in the background if you buy the pic. We´ll see if we can scan it and put it up here. When returning to the House of Blues we suddenly found ourself in one of the VIP opera boxes in the balcony at a gospel concert! For five Swedes that was a really cool experience!More...
Soilwork's latest video for "Nerve" from "Stabbing the Drama" can now be viewed on MTV.com.
Having just recently wrapped up a European tour with Hatesphere and Construcdead, Soilwork are a couple of dates into their North American tour with Darkane, Fear Factory, and Strapping Young Lad. Those tour dates remaining are as follows: More...
Soilwork frontman, Bjorn "Speed" Strid, has checked in with the following update:
"What's up folks!?
"We came home from the european tour 3 days ago.. I tell you, we had such a blast on the road with our friends in Hatesphere and Construcdead. All the shows had a really great vibe and almost every venue was packed.. I wanna thank both Hatesphere and Construcdead guys for making it a very memorable trip. Last but not least, all the people coming to the shows, you guys are the best!!!
"I also want to send some special cred to the Construcdead guys since they've been my friends for like ten years, you guys rock! It was also a great experience to have my very best friend Jens Broman (singer in Construcdead) with me on the road for the first time. We grew up and discovered metal together, i will never forget this moment for as long as i live (we did it bro!!)
"I'm leaving for Japan tomorrow with my family..First "real" vacation in 5 years, it'll be great since my parents has never really travelled and haven't been flying for about 25 years... It's time to get my dad into the "evil" japanese Yamazaki whisky hehe..
"As you know, the Northamerican tour is around the corner as well. I actually met the Darkane guys today down at the station on their way to the airport. I tell you, those guys are up for the ride and are psyched to blast Americas ears.. It'll be a good tour... some kind of a monster drummer festival, right?
"See you on tour soon...
Fear Factory are to have the previously unreleased song 'Lockdown' included on the soundtrack for the game 'Rainbow Six: Lockdown'. This is to be issued by Calvin in mid-November. Other bands to have tracks featured are 36 Crazy Fists, Chimaira, Soilwork and Strapping Young Lad.
Touring in support of their critically acclaimed 2005 release, Layers Of Lies, DARKANE - who formed in the late '90s and hail from Helsingborg, Sweden - have performed only once before on North American soil and were received with raving applause at 2001's Milwaukee Metalfest XV. With their first full-fledged tour of North America set to launch on October 28th at Granada in Lawrence, Kansas, guitarist and founding member of the band, Christofer Malmström, has this to share:
"Finally! We have been waiting for so many years for this opportunity, and now it's finally come... What a great package! It´s unbelievable! We´ve been fans of Fear Factory and Strapping Young Lad since many years back, and we´ve practically grown up with Soilwork here in Helsingborg, so this is really a dream coming true for us! Ever since we released our debut album Rusted Angel back in 1999, we've received requests from American fans to come over and tour, and believe me, we've always wanted to, but circumstances have made it impossible until now."
With a high-profile maiden tour, a well-received album, and eager fans awaiting their arrival, what will be the most difficult thing DARKANE will face while out on the road?
"It will be quite hard to decide what songs we are going to play," muses Malmström. "We haven't toured that side of the world before, and fans have many different favorite songs. With only a 30 minute set each night, it will be difficult to choose music from all our albums, but because we don't want people to leave disappointed, we'll alternate our setlist from evening to evening, so if you see us more than one time, chances are big that you´ll hear the song you've been waiting to hear!"
Christmas is coming early for fans of extreme drumming, as the upcoming Transgression Tour will place DARKANE's own Peter Wildoer on the same stage as Fear Factory's Raymond Herrera, Strapping Young Lad's Gene Hoglan, and Soilwork's Dirk Verbeuren. Is there anything the band is looking forward to?
"I've always been interested in geography, so for me personally, I'm looking forward to experiencing new places I've never been to like Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Toronto, and Vancouver. I'm sure very city will be a fucking blast... I will finally get to meet the drummer in my solo project in Vancouver, Ryan van Poederooyen, who I´ve never met in person!"
Darkane's North American tour dates with Fear Factory, Soilwork, and Strapping Young Lad are as follows:
More stops have been announced for Fear Factory's tour with Soilwork, Strapping Young Lad and Darkane, here's the latest:
December 02nd Sacramento, CA - The Boardwalk
December 03rd Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
December 04th Seattle, WA - El Corazon
December 05th Vancouver, BC - Croatian Cultural Center
Soilwork frontman, Bjorn "Speed" Strid, has revealed the final dates of Soilwork's upcoming European tour:
Oct. 05 Tampere, FIN - Pukkahone
Oct. 06 Yvekylg, FIN - Lutakko
Oct. 07 Oulu, FIN - Theatria
Oct. 08 Helsinki, FIN - Nosturi
Oct. 11 Stockholm, SWE - Klubben
Oct. 12 Malm? - KB
Oct. 13 Hamburg, D - Markthalle
Oct. 14 Essen, D - Zeche Carl
Oct. 15 Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg
Oct. 16 Vosselaar, B - Biebob
Oct. 18 Manchester, UK - Academy III
Oct. 19 London, UK - Scala
Oct. 20 Paris, FR - La Locomotive
Oct. 22 Vienna, A - Planet Music
Oct. 23 Salzburg, A - Rockhaus
Soilwork singer, Bjorn "Speed" Strid, has posted the following tour update on the band's official website:
"Just wanna update and confirm what's going on with the upcoming tours:
"Today we have confirmed Hatesphere and Construcdead as supporting acts for the european headlinertour starting on the 5th of october in Helsinki. Both bands are very promising and both have great albums coming out very soon. Both bands has also a reputation of being great live bands, this bill won't make you disappointed!! Check out the tourschedule and don't you miss the show...
"We have also confirmed the novembertour with Fear Factory in Northamerica. We will be direct support to Fear Factory and there will be two more killer bands on the bill: Strapping Young Lad and Darkane! How about it folks!? Unfortunately we'll jump on the tour a week later from where the tour starts, i'll keep you posted on exactly what date..
"Stay tune folks and have a good one..
Soilwork frontman, Bjorn "Speed" Strid, checked in with the following update a few days ago (on August 29):
"We're sitting in a hotelroom in Memphis while the hurricane Katrina is raving mad outside..
We had to "drive around" the storm last night and arrived in Memphis this morning.
I hope that tomorrows show here won?t be affected by the storm. I know that a lot of families have been evacuated from their homes which must be a quite horrible experience..
"I also want to take the time to thank Chuck Billy for singing Follow the Hollow with me on stage in San Francisco, you're the best! (i've tried to call you Chuck, unfortunately no luck..) Anyways i'll try later and we give our best regards to you and your family, we'll see ya soon!
"For you people who haven't seen us yet on Ozzfest where looking forward to see you on stage in Nashville, Charlotte and West Palm Beach!