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

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Soilwork, SYL To Tour With Fear Factory

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..


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Soilwork Caught In The Hurricane

Soilwork frontman, Bjorn "Speed" Strid, checked in with the following update a few days ago (on August 29):

"Hi there!

"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!

"Cheers, Speed"

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Soilwork Frontman Updates On European Tour

Soilwork singer, Bjorn "Speed" Strid, has posted this update on the official band website:

Hi there!

Just want to update what's going on with the european tour..
We have two dates for the U.K fans: Manchester, Academy III, 18th of october and London, Scala, 19th of october. For those people that feel let down not getting any dates in their country this time around, i want to say i'm sorry but there are plans to make a longer european tour in the beginning of next year. Thanx for your patience!
Ozzfest is running towards the end and we had so much fun everyday, thank you guys for your awesome support!!! Also a big hail to one of our biggest fans out there, Bryan Myrick and his great friends for hooking us up with a satanic barbecue in Phoenix! You guys rule!

We'll see you the day after tomorrow in Dallas!

All my best, Speed

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Nevermore Win Last Week's Dig It Or Dis It

Last weeks' theme on Yahoo! Music's Dig It or Dis It was Metal Madness. You got the chance to vote for some metal videos. The winner with 40% of the votes was Nevermore's "Final Product."

Here are the results for the other videos:

Arch Enemy, "Nemesis" - 10%
Trivium, "Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr" - 36%
Soilwork, "Light the Torch" - 4%
Unearth, "Zombie Autopilot" - 12%

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Ozzfest Report from July 24 in Bristow, VA

I attended Ozzfest 2005 on Sunday, July 24 in Bristow, Virginia’s Nissan Pavilion (my report is running late, as I’ve found myself overcommitted lately). This fest was the tenth annual Ozzfest, and not to be outdone by last year’s excellent lineup, this year they sported an equally as good lineup spanning more genres of metal than before. This year’s lineup also contained numerous headliner-quality bands on both stages including, Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, Rob Zombie, Mudvayne, and of course Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath.

Had I known that both people I was supposed to go with would bail out, I would have lined up a photo pass for the whole show to give me something more to do. As it turned out, I pretty much just enjoyed the show and met up with As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis for an interview that we missed in Philadelphia, PA.

While this year’s lineup sported mostly bands I knew and had heard, most I was only vaguely familiar with, so pardon the lack of specific details such as song names, etc. in many cases. More...

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Testament Frontman Joins Soilwork On Stage

Testament frontman Chuck Billy joined Soilwork on stage at the at the August 13 Ozzfest stop in Mountain View, CA for a "memorable" rendition of the track "Follow the Hollow" from Soilwork's fourth album, "Natural Born Chaos." Pictures are found on the Nuclear Blast MySpace page under the blog entry titled "Behind/On the scenes on OZZfest with SOILWORK!!!!!!!!!".

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Vote For Metal Videos On Yahoo Music

This week's theme on Yahoo music's Dig It or Dis It:

METAL MADNESS: Rock 'n' roll history is filled with hallowed headbangers, from Zeppelin to Sabbath, Maiden to Priest, Motley to Metallica, UFO to GNR. Which new-school metal band will take its rightful place alongside these hard-rockin' greats? Pick the next loud legend-in-the-making now.

You can vote for the following videos:
- Arch Enemy, "Nemesis"
- Trivium, "Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr"
- Nevermore, "Final Product"
- Soilwork, "Light the Torch"
- Unearth, "Zombie Autopilot"

Visit Yahoo music to vote.

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COB, Soilwork Confirmed For Wacken 2006

Wacken Open Air Festival organizers have just confirmed acts for next year's W:O:A, set to take place August 3rd to 5th in Wacken Germany. Bands confirmed so far are Children of Bodom, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, In Extremo, Soilwork and Subway to Sally.

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Soilwork Frontman Updates From Louisville

Soilwork frontman, Björn "Speed" Strid, has posted this update on the band's official website:

Hi! What's up people!

We're playing an off show in Louisville with Killswitch and As i lay dying today. We've only done 2 off shows so far but both of them was really awesome! There seem to be a lot of people who hasn't seen us yet and really dig the shows, cool!!
Apparently there's been some fuck up with the video for "Nerve," some people may have seen the "Rejection Role" video presented as "Nerve" which of course is wrong! It's all taken care of now you'll get the right one anytime soon..
Hey Matt, I really wanna appologize to you for that misunderstanding in Columbus, i would never do such a thing as ignoring the fans, you can ask just anyone and they would tell you the same. It was all a misunderstanding, i didn't hear what you said (i'm pretty bad understanding fast american language sometimes actually) and got confused and there was another guy waiting in line who wanted stuff to be signed. So sorry once again and i would be more than glad to grab a beer with you some other time and i'll show you that i'm not a fucking guy with a rockstar attitude!
I big hail goes out to the crazy people coming out to the recent shows, we're having a blast everyday!! See you in Lousville tonight!

All my best, Speed

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Ozzfest Show Report From July 19th Camden, NJ

I attended Ozzfest 2005 this year on one of the most disgustingly hot and humid days of the year. It was July 19th, at the Tweeter Center in Camden, NJ. The day was amazing and full of great bands and other then the ferocious heat it was a great day. More...

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Soilwork Frontman Issues Ozzfest Update

Soilwork frontman, Björn "Speed" Strid, has posted an Ozzfest update on the band's official website:

Hi there!

I will excuse myself once again for not updating very frequently at the moment, the reason is that it's very hard to get a wireless connection here at Ozzfest. Finally today at Chicago Tweeter center i've got a connection in the corridors by the main stage. Actually as we speak, Mr.Bruce Dickinson is taping up "Happy Birthday" tape on the walls, above me and my wife's head as we're sitting down and checking our e-mails on the floor in the corridor... Talked to him for a while, he is a really cool guy!!

I really wanna thank all the people for coming out to the shows, we've had a blast so far and we eally don't mind getting up that early in the mornings. Every morning you're there rocking out, you guys are the best!!!
We'll see ya soon!!

Cheers, Speed

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Texas Is On Fire Ready New Album

Crash Music, Inc. today announces that post hardcore act, TEXAS IS ON FIRE has completed tracking of their upcoming album "Shine.Set.Repeat." with producer Jason Anderson (FEAR BEFORE THE MARCH OF FLAMES, VAUX).

TEXAS IS ON FIRE is a young hard working band from Denver, with the average age of the members being just 19 years old, drawing from a diverse range of influences that include bands such as BOTCH and SOILWORK. The debut album will be released on October 18th, followed by non-stop touring of the United States.

Tracklist for "Shine.Set.Repeat." is as follows:

1. Tomahawk!
2. This man's gotta get a new suit
3. Looks like a natural disaster
4. Face it girl, Prince Charming isn't coming
5. You're so going to Hell for that one
6. Hartford, The Whale
7. Greetings from the sunshine state
8. This is not a boating accident
9. Put it on black
10. No guys, THIS is epic

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Soilwork To Embark On European Headlining Tour

Sweden's Soilwork will be embarking on a European headlining tour in October. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Oct. 05 Tampere, FIN @ Pukkahone
Oct. 06 Jyväskylä, FIN @ Lutakko
Oct. 07 Oulu, FIN @ TBA
Oct. 08 Helsinki, FIN @ Nosturi
Oct. 11 Stockholm, SWE @ Klubben
Oct. 12 Malmö, SWE @ KB
Oct. 13 Hamburg, GER @ Markthalle
Oct. 14 Essen, GER @ Zeche Carl
Oct. 15 Amsterdam, NETH @ Melkweg
Oct. 16 Vosselaar, BEL @ Biebob
Oct. 22 Salzburg, AUT @ Rockhaus
Oct. 23 Vienna, AUT @ Planet Music

Soilwork are continuing to tour in support of their latest CD, "Stabbing the Drama", available now 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).

In other news, a photo of the band with Will Smith on Ozzfest has been posted at this location.

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Soilwork Explain Aggressive Fest Cancellation

SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid has posted the following message on the group's official web site:

"Maybe some of you guys have seen on Blabbermouth that we've cancelled the show on 'Aggressive Music Festival' in Glen Falls, NY. It came to our knowledge yesterday that our drummer Dirk Verbeuren can't make it to the show since he's playing a festival in Finland (Tuska Open Air) with his other band SCARVE and somehow his flight got cancelled and there was no other flights available that day … This really sucks and we really want to appologize for this, especially for such short notice..

"Mr. David Witte (ex-BURNT BY THE SUN etc.) will fill in for Dirk on the first show on Ozzfest. We're rehearsing right now and he's really doing an awesome job…

"We'll see you in Boston on Friday!!"

As previously reported, New Jersey's GOD FORBID will be taking the place of SOILWORK at the second annual Aggressive Music Festival, set to take place on Saturday, July 16 at the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glen Falls, NY.

SOILWORK are currently promoting their latest CD, "Stabbing the Drama", available now 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).

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Set Times For First 2 Ozzfest 2005 Dates Revealed

The set times for the first two Ozzfest dates have been officially released. They are as follows:

July 15 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts:

Second Stage:

WICKED WISDOM - 9:10-9:30am
GIZMACHI - 9:35-9:55am
SOILWORK - 10:00-10:20am
IT DIES TODAY - 10:25-10:45am
ARCH ENEMY - 10:50-11:10am
TRIVIUM - 11:15-11:35am
THE BLACK DALIA MURDER - 11:40am-12:00pm
A DOZEN FURIES - 12:05-12:35pm
MASTODON - 12:40-1:10pm
THE HAUNTED - 1:15-1:35pm
BURY YOUR DEAD - 1:40-2:00pm
AS I LAY DYING - 2:05-2:35pm
ROB ZOMBIE - 3:35-4:35pm

Main Stage:

IN FLAMES - 4:35-4:55pm
SHADOWS FALL - 5:55-6:35pm
MUDVAYNE - 6:45-7:35pm
IRON MAIDEN - 8:00-9:10pm
BLACK SABBATH - 9:30-11:00pm

July 17 - Hartford, CT @ New England Dodge Music Center:

Second Stage:

GIZMACHI - 10:10am
SOILWORK - 10:35am
IT DIES TODAY - 11:00am
ARCH ENEMY - 11:25am
TRIVIUM - 11:50am
THE HAUNTED - 12:40pm
MASTODON - 1:40pm
AS I LAY DYING - 2:15pm
ROB ZOMBIE - 3:45pm

Main Stage:

IN FLAMES - 4:35pm
MUDVAYNE - 6:45pm
IRON MAIDEN - 8:05pm

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Soilwork Explains Festival Cancellation

Björn "Speed" Strid has posted the following message on the official Soilwork website:


Maybe some of you guys have seen on Blabbermouth that we've cancelled the show on "Aggressive music festival" in Glen Falls NY. It came to our knowledge yesterday that our drummer Dirk Verbeuren can't make it to the show since he's playing a festival in Finland (Tuska open air) with his other band Scarve and somehow his flight got cancelled and there was no other flights available that day .. This really sucks and we really want to appologize for this, especially for such short notice..
Mr. David Witte (ex.Burnt by the sun etc.) will fill in for Dirk on the first show on Ozzfest. We're rehearsing right now and he's really doing an awesome job..
We'll see you in Boston on friday!!

Cheers, Speed

God Forbid will be replacing Soilwork on the Aggressive Music Festival in Glens Falls, NY on July 16.

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Soilwork Explains "Stabbing The Drama" Video

The following message was posted on the official Soilwork website:


Just want to post some more small updates before we leave for Ozzfest on monday...

Just came home from a party with our dear bassplayer Mr. Flink, had a blast watching Iron Maiden live on swedish national tv (prime time) from the biggest stadium in Sweden, that was fucking great!!

Anyways, if you didn't know aleady, the video of the song "Nerve" will soon reach your tv:s. We recorded the video in Hollyood at a filmsite rental during our headline tour in april. And the big question: Is the whole band in the video this time? Hell yess! Don't worry, my ugly face is not alone this time... Unfortunately some people got the Stabbing the drama video totally wrong and thought that i'd been converted to some pathetic Fred Durst guy and there's been a lot of talk on the forums if it was my decision and will to be alone in the video.. i tell you, you don't know me.. All we did was to make everything as flexible as possible since Peter moved to the states when we where recording the video, so it was the directors idea to build a story around one person, sure it didn't work out very good since the director didn't kept what he promised with my movements with my arms in the video that was supposed to be turned into "matrix effects".. bummer.. i still believe i did what i could in that video (i tell you, it's goddamn hard being totally alone in a video when you're used to be with a six piece band, you should try it sometime!) . I still like the colours in the video but just as you guys i wish the whole band was in that video but this was impossible at that time... So to you guys who believe i'm trying go solo with this band and adapting some kind of rapper attitude , fuck off and watch the next video of Nerve instead , it's great!! I'll see you very soon my friends!

Best regards, Speed

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Soilwork To Tour Europe In October

Soilwork frontman Speed has posted the following message on the band's official website:

Hi again!

I know that there´s been a lot of people asking when we´ll do the next european tour.. Well, all i can say that the tour is shaping up right now and will start sometime in the very beginning of October and last until the end of October. I can assure you that we´ll bring some other cool bands with us as well, the bill´s gonna be great!! As for australian/southamerican/japanese tours we´re still waiting for confirmations.. We usually do Japan and Australia as a "combo" and it looks like it will happen in the end of this year.. and Southamerica, don´t worry we´ll make sure we cover up your beautiful continent for this album as well!! Stay Tune!

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Soilwork Frontman Checks In With Tour Report

Soilwork frontman Speed has checked in with the following update:

Hi there!!

I´ve just come home from Germany. Been very busy lately, first the recording of Terror 2000 and then the recording with Thomen from Blind Guardian and as you probably know we have done festivals in between with Soilwork at Graspop and Furyfest. Both of the festivals were fucking amazing, a lot of people and great respone! A big thanx to all the people who made it a memorable experience! Had the chance to check out some good bands as well, i saw Slayer from stage (man, Mr.Lombardo is in amazing shape, fucking great!!), I saw a few songs with System of a down which was also very cool.. I also had the chance to talk to the guys from Mastodon, really nice guys! Later that evening i got pretty shitfaced and hooked up with the drummer from Mastodon and we sung some falsetto King Diamond hits from the Abigail album, i tell you the drummer has a pretty descent falsetto he he.. Anyways, Ozzfest is around the corner, just ten days until we´re heading off to the states... Can´t wait to start doing the rock n roll circus.. I can assure you that we´ll blow your minds away, we have selected the perfect 20 min set for you guys (it was really hard though..) To me it seems like a perfect mix...I´ll talk to ya soon..take care!!

All my best, Speed

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Ozzfest 2005 Summer Sampler Track Listing Revealed

The track listing has been finalized for the Ozzfest 2005 summer sampler. The CD will be available at the Ozzfest Summer Sampler tent for free, and as a consolation prize in the Village of the Damned at any of the game booths.

Ozzfest 2005 summer sampler track listing:

OZZY OSBOURNE – "21st Century Schizoid Man"
TONY IOMMI – "Dopamine"
GZR - "Pardon My Depression"
A DOZEN FURIES – "The Everlasting Grudge"
THE HAUNTED – "No Compromise"
IT DIES TODAY – "Freak Gasoline Fight Accident"
SOILWORK – "Stabbing The Drama"
ARCH ENEMY – "Nemesis" (Rough Mix)
BRUCE DICKINSON – "Tyranny of Souls"
GIZMACHI – "The Answer"
BURY YOUR DEAD - 'The Color of Money'
IN FLAMES – "My Sweet Shadow"
TRIVIUM – "A Gunshot To The Head of Trepidation"
WICKED WISDOM – "Something Inside of Me"

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