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Formed: 1996
From: Helsingborg, Sweden
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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.

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Final Bands Announced for Barge To Hell Cruise

The Barge To Hell is just days away from departure and final band announcements are being made. The cruise sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

Just announced are Novembers Doom, Vital Remains, Brujeria and underground acts Abiotic, Zanthropya Ex, and Dark Sermon. The organizers also report that both the German and Canadian incarnations of Necronomicon will be in attendance.

With the announcement comes some bad news that Six Feet Under has had to cancel their appearance due to a scheduling conflict with their studio and needing to have their new album delivered in time.

You can still book a trip on the Barge To Hell.

The lineup is as follows: More...

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Soilwork Announces Guest Vocalist

Justin Sullivan, lead singer of the English band New Model Army, will be a guest vocalist on the track "The Windswept Mercy," which will appear on the new Soilwork double album, "The Living Infinite."

Formed in 1980 in Bradford, England, New Model Army still has a very loyal following and Soilwork front man Björn "Speed" Strid counts himself among it. Sullivan shares the serendipitous back-story on how he met up with Sweden’s melodic metal maestros Soilwork:

"Some years ago, I met Björn somewhere in the deserts of the southwestern U.S. I expect we both had good reasons for being there - though things like reason get swallowed up in the strangeness of deserts. Anyway, I'm sure we were talking about deserts and the idea of desert music as Europeans always have an unending fascination with these wondrous alien places. ‘Would you sing on a Soilwork record?’ he asked. ‘Yes, of course’ I replied, and so, many years later, I suddenly get an e-mail from Soilwork in a studio in Stockholm at exactly the same moment NMA were in a studio in London. And by a miracle of technology was able to do a quick vocal on this great and strangely beautiful song. Perhaps you beat me to the desert music thing after all, Bjorn. Love the track. All The Best.” More...

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Grave, Bonded By Blood Confirmed For Barge To Hell

Departing in less than a month, two more bands have been announced for the Barge to Hell: Grave and Bonded By Blood. The Barge to Hell sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Lock Up, Nachtmystium Confirmed For Barge To Hell

With a month before boarding the Barge to Hell left, the organizers have announced two more bands: metal supergroup Lock Up, featuring Nicholas Barker on drums (ex-Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir), Shane Embury on bass (Napalm Death), Anton Reisenegger on guitar (Criminal), and Tomas Lindberg on vocals (At The Gates, Disfear) and Nachtmystium.

Also announced was the cancellation of BELPHEGOR. Stated the organizers: "We tried our best to work something out, but regrettably must confirm that they won't be part of BARGE TO HELL. We will make sure that we have a suitable replacement."

The Barge to Hell sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

The lineup is shaping up as follows, with a dozen more bands yet to be announced: More...

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Soilwork Announces North American Tour

On March 12th, 2013, Swedish melodic metal maestros Soilwork will kick-off their world tour in North America – their first time headlining in this territory in almost three years. The 54-show trek through the U.S. and Canada will feature support from Jeff Loomis, Blackguard, The Browning, and Wretched.

“With [the new album] The Living Infinite nearing completion, all of us in Soilwork are excited to announce the first of many killer tours to come!” states drummer Dirk Verbeuren. “We can’t wait to take some of our new songs to the stage and with two CDs worth of material, picking a set list is gonna be interesting to say the least… We look forward to once again bringing you metal the Soilwork way!”

Soilwork has been toiling away and burning the midnight oil in the studio with producer Jens Bogren recording "The Living Infinite," the follow-up to 2010 release "The Panic Broadcast." The Soilworkers are planning not just one CD , but two, as "The Living Infinite" will be a double album and will mark the recording debut of long-time touring guitarist David Andersson.

North American headlining tour dates for Soilwork are: More...

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ProgPower USA Reveals 2013 Festival Lineup

Just following Epica's performance on the first day of ProgPower USA XIII, festival promoter Glenn Harveston revealed the lineup for ProgPower XIV, held annually at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia. For 2013, Saturday's event will be held on Friday, September 6-7, 2013 and will have one less band, but Saturday there will be a triple co-headliner. The roster was revealed as the following:

Friday, Sept. 6, 2012:

Damnation Angels
Myrath
Xandria
Wolverine
Ashes of Ares
Soilwork (co-headliner)
Shadow Gallery (co-headliner)

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2012:

ReinXeed
Heaven's Cry
Wolf
Circus Maximus (co-headliner)
Armored Saint (co-headliner)
Sabaton (co-headliner) More...

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Soilwork To Record New Album

Swedish melodic metal maestros Soilwork will enter the studio on August 23rd to begin recording the follow-up to 2010 release "The Panic Broadcast" (reviewed here). In the producer seat this time will be none other than Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth). The new album, entitled "The Living Infinite," will also mark the recording debut of long-time touring guitarist David Andersson (Night Flight Orchestra).

"It's been a pretty long time coming, but as we speak I'm sitting here smiling my ass off listening to the demos that will forge into The Living Infinite,” commented the group’s towering vocalist Björn “Speed” Strid. “I've been feeling pretty damn restless from this break to be honest with you, therefore it is with great excitement that I've approached this new album. As soon as we started working on songs in March, all my focus and energy went into building this new beast. We're finished writing songs and I'm currently laying down demo vocals and I'm having a blast. I feel very inspired.

"Around the time that we released The Panic Broadcast, I moved into a house by the ocean in a tiny fisherman's village. The ocean has given me so much inspiration and raised a lot of existential questions, which will inspire a lot of the lyrics on The Living Infinite, the words Jacques Cousteau used to describe the ocean. Pretentious? Hell yes, but in the most typical Soilwork manner, with the right intensity, dynamics and melodies to back it up and make it real. I can't wait to team up with the rest of the guys and start putting this album on tape, together with the amazing producer Jens Bogren!" More...

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Soilwork Discusses Departure Of Peter Wichers

Soilwork recently announced the departure of guitarist Peter Wichers, which was then quickly followed by the recruitment of new guitar player David Andersson.

Now Soilwork drummer Dirk Verbeuren has gone more in-depth to explain the lineup change in a recently posted interview with MetalSucks.net. An excerpt from the interview follows.

MetalSucks: So, let’s cut to it: why did Peter leave the band? Did he quit, was he fired, or was it mutual?

It was mutual. Peter couldn’t be a part of our 2011 U.S. run with Symphony X. That was maybe six or seven months after The Panic Broadcast came out. We were on a roll then, but out of solidarity and respect for our bandmate and friend, and because we really felt like we had the ultimate line-up, we cancelled that tour. The whole idea back then was that Peter would tour with us again soon. But then the summer festivals came along, and he progressively said “no” to those too. We couldn’t just keep cancelling stuff, so we hired David Andersson who had filled in for us before.

After that, touring kind of came to a grinding halt. The rest of us didn’t know what to do. It was just kind of rough to be in this position all of a sudden, with a great album and no tours to support it and a shaky line-up. Less than a year earlier, we were all stoked about our future together, you know? We talked and tried to figure things out, and in the end, long story short, Peter couldn’t commit to what the rest of us feel is mandatory for Soilwork. Here’s the thing: whether we like it or not, we have to tour. There’s just no two ways about it. Playing shows, a lot of shows, is vital if we wanna have the slightest chance to survive as a band. That’s why moving on was really our only option.
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Soilwork Announces New Guitarist

Swedish melodic metal act, Soilwork, has officially announced the arrival among its ranks of guitarist and long-time friend, David Andersson (Night Flight Orchestra). David steps in after the departure of Peter Wichers.

“We’re super stoked to have David with us,” said vocalist, Björn “Speed” Strid. “He’s a blast to be around and a kick ass guitarist. Plus, we’ve known him for so many years, from all the touring together, we just know he’s a perfect fit for us.”

Andersson has toured on and off with Soilwork since 2006, and most recently during the 2011 festival season in support of the band’s acclaimed eighth album, The Panic Broadcast.

Regarding the recently announced split with founding guitarist Peter Wichers, who first left the band in 2005 only to return four years later, Speed commented, “We just had to do this. It’s in the best interest of both him and us. Soilwork was born to be out there, tearing up the stage. Peter’s been unable to commit to the kind of touring we need to do and it’s time for us to move on. David’s played with us for so long, he’s really grown into the band. It feels natural, like a seamless transition. We’re thankful for everything Peter has contributed to Soilwork over the years and we sincerely wish him the best.”

Soilwork is currently in the process of writing new music for its ninth album, "The Living Infinite." “We’re working our asses off to put this record together,” said Speed. “It’s gonna be fantastic, the songs and ideas are flowing like crazy! As far as the musical direction goes, there’s tons of crushing, high energy, in-your-face metal. Trust me, we’re not about to go mellow anytime soon!”

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Soilwork Guitarist Leaves The Band

Soilwork has announced that guitarist Peter Wichers has decided to leave the group for the second time, citing creative differences. A statement from Wichers reads as follows:

"I want to thank everyone who has supported Soilwork over the years. It has been a wild and fun ride, but it’s time for me to explore different options in my career. I will cherish all the amazing moments I have gathered from my time with Soilwork, and I would not be where I am today without the help from you fans, my family and Soilwork. Thank you!"

Wichers is one of the founding members of the band but left the group in 2005 owing to tour exhaustion and personal issues, before rejoining the group in 2008 and taking part in the recording of their 2010 album, "The Panic Broadcast."

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Municipal Waste Confirmed For Barge To Hell

Municipal Waste is the latest band to be confirmed for the inaugural Barge To Hell heavy metal cruise, following the announcement of Holy Moses earlier this week.

Barge To Hell is a five-day cruise from the organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. It departs from Miami, Florida on Monday, December 3rd and stops at Nassau, Bahamas before returning to Miami on Friday, December 7th. Booking for the cruise has opened to the general public, so book yours today.

The full Barge To Hell lineup so far is as follows, with many more bands to be announced: More...

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More Bands Announced For Barge To Hell

With time running out for booking with promo codes for those who pre-registered, the organizers of Barge To Hell have announced more bands for the extreme metal cruise lineup, ahead of general public ticket sales opening this Friday, April 27, 2012 at 12PM EST.

At The Gates, Belphegor, Kampfar, Soilwork and Solstafir have been added to the lineup, which takes the list of known bands to 21 out of the final 40.

Barge To Hell, from the organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, will set sail on December 3, 2012 from Miami, cruise to Nassau in the Bahamas, and return to Miami on December 7.

Metal Underground.com contributor Goatlady was on board 70,000 Tons of Metal in January 2012, and reported on the action here:

70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 1 Report | Day 1 Photos
70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 2 Report | Day 2 Photos
70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 3 Report | Day 3 Photos
70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 4 Report | Day 4 Photos

The full lineup so far is as follows: More...

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Soilwork Writing New Album

After a highly successful run of European festivals and select club shows, Sweden's Soilwork has started writing music for the follow-up to "The Panic Broadcast," which debuted the U.S. Billboard charts at #88 upon its release in July 2010.

Commented vocalist Björn “Speed” Strid: “It's been an intense summer and at this point, me and the boys are hibernating in pretty much every corner of the world and putting our next album together. Many songs are yet to be written but the inspiration is flowing! People can expect a continuation of the intensity and presence of The Panic Broadcast, only taken to a higher level. That's the mindset. We will do some touring next year as well, before hopefully entering the studio sometime in the early fall.

"The album title is already set: 'The Living Infinite.' Chew on that for a bit and don't spit it out until the music is invading your ears, folks! Until then, make sure you follow the songwriting process and other news on Soilwork's official Facebook page and website. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and thank you all for your continuous support!"

Additionally, Soilwork has uploaded new footage from the band's performance at last summer’s Roskilde festal in Denmark. Check out an exclusive on-stage video for “Two Lives Worth Of Reckoning” below. More...

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Soilwork Writing New Songs

Björn "Speed" Strid of Soilwork has checked in with the following update about writing new material for an upcoming album:

"Hey, hey! Speed reporting to you from Toronto. As you can see I'm alive and well and wearing somewhat of a canadian tuxedo and the inevitable presence of two polar bears behind me to back it up.

"We are currently doing some songwriting for the next album, however that doesn't mean that we're done touring for our latest album, some very cool tours and shows will be announced soon...

"I will keep you in the loop from now on with weekly reports about the Soilwork camp and aboot my canadian la dolce vita! Talk soon!"

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New Metal Songs Added To The Rock Band Network

With Friday finally here, the Rock Band Network has new tracks for metal fans to jam over the weekend. This week's lineup of Xbox 360 tracks features a range of bands including such names as Rotting Christ, Halcyon Way, and Bring Me The Horizon. The newly added Xbox 360 metal tracks are as follows:

All Shall Perish - "Never... Again" (160 MSP)
Bring Me the Horizon - "Pray for Plagues (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Chaotrope - "Scarred" (80 MSP)
Devin Townsend - "Solar Winds (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Mouth Without a Head (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
I Am Abomination - "Examination" (160 MSP)
I Am Abomination - "Examination (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Rotting Christ - "Fire Death and Fear (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)

The following song hits the PS3 edition on Tuesday, 10/4/2011 (North America) and Wednesday, 10/5/2011 (Europe):

The Dillinger Escape Plan - "Farewell, Mona Lisa" ($1.99)

These two songs will also be released on the PS3 on Tuesday, 10/4/2011 in North America:

After the Burial - "Pendulum" ($1.99)
Soilwork - "Stabbing the Drama" ($1.99)

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New Metal Tracks Added To The Rock Band Network

For this week's lineup of newly added tracks on the Rock Band Network, metal and rock fans can look forward to new tracks from Halcyon Way, Rotting Christ, and Devin Towsend, with PS3 players getting more After the Burial and Soilwork in early October. The Rock Band Network website was updated with the following statement about the delay in PS3 songs and the lower number of PS3 tracks versus Xbox 360 songs:

"There will be no North America PS3 RBN release on Tuesday, 9/27/2011. Instead, we will release the songs listed above on 10/4/2011 along with the 5 songs regularly scheduled for that day (so 10 songs total will be released to North America PS3 RBN on 10/4/2011).

"We've got something extra-special planned on PS3 RBN for the release on Tuesday, October 11. Look for our upcoming announcement in the 'New to RBN' on Thursday, October 6!

"The Rock Band Network was developed upon Microsoft's XNA technology, and all RBN songs have 30-day exclusivity on the Xbox 360. However, select RBN 2.0 songs are submitted to the PS3 by Sony and Harmonix at the rate of 5 songs a week, as determined by factors such as popularity and community interest. To request future songs for the PS3, go to the forum thread here. We're always interested in hearing what songs our PS3 customers would enjoy!"

The following songs are now available on the Xbox 360:

Black Veil Brides - "Children Surrender" (160 MSP)
Black Veil Brides - "Heaven's Calling" (160 MSP)
Black Veil Brides - "Perfect Weapon" (160 MSP)
Devin Townsend - "Solar Winds" (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Mouth Without a Head" (80 MSP)
Rotting Christ - "Fire Death and Fear" (160 MSP)
Verah Falls - "A Family Affair" (160 MSP)

The following songs are coming to the PS3 edition on Tuesday, 10/4/2011 (North America) and Wednesday, 9/28/2011 (Europe):

After the Burial - "Pendulum" ($1.99)
Soilwork - "Stabbing the Drama" ($1.99)

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Jeff Loomis Posts Video Reports On Second Solo LP

Ex-Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis posted new video reports from Fastback Studios, where he is currently recording his second solo album. Soilwork's Dirk Verbeuren is seen laying down drum tracks. You can check out the videos here:

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Devin Townsend And More Added To Rock Band

If you're ready to rock out in celebration of the weekend, the Rock Band Network has got new metal tracks to keep your fingers flying. This week's roundup on the Xbox 360 includes songs from Devin Townsend, Ethereal Collapse, Soilwork, and more. The PS3 edition will also be getting a new Texas in July song on July 27th.

The full list of newly added Xbox 360 songs, including the non-metal tracks, is as follows:

Metal

Bob Katsionis - "Nightrager (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Chaotrope - "The Fall of Psilanthropy" (80 MSP)
Chaotrope - "The Thief in the Night - Part I" (80 MSP)
Devin Townsend - "By Your Command" (160 MSP)
Devin Townsend - "By Your Command (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Ethereal Collapse - "Category I: Slave to the Empirical" (80 MSP)
Fallen Angel - "The Grinding Wheels of War" (160 MSP)
Serianna - "Fragments" (160 MSP)
Serianna - "Fragments (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Soilwork - "Stabbing the Drama" (160 MSP)

Pop-Rock

Dan Rothery - "Regret" (160 MSP)
Rose of Jericho - "These City Lights" (80 MSP) More...

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Soilwork Guitarist To Miss Festival Dates

Soilwork guitarist Peter Wichers has posted the following statement online, announcing his decision to miss out on the band's forthcoming festival appearances;

"Thanks for all the great feedback and kind words of encouragement regarding my back injury! I’m feeling much better after several months of resting, but I’m not 100% yet, so I’ve decided to sit out some of the summer festivals in order to make a full recovery sooner. Filling in for me will be an old friend of the band and an amazing player: David Andersson. David has helped Soilwork out in the past, and we’re grateful that he’s offered to step in once again and make these shows possible!"

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Musicians Comment On New Morbid Angel Album

Morbid Angel's new album "Illud Divinum Insanus" will be out in less than a week, and Season of Mist has now asked a series of famous names in the metal what they thought of the influential extreme metal act's new opus. The commentary from the various musicians can be viewed below, or you can check out Metalunderground.com's review here.

"The new Morbid Angel album will cause 3rd World War. After June 7th, the extreme metal scene is never gonna be the same again... And I already can't wait the moment I'll be sitting on my sofa listening to 'Illus Divinum Insanus' while the world burns! Ha!" - Nergal, Behemoth.

"No other band in the entire Extreme Metal genre but Morbid Angel would have ever dared to make 'Illud Divinum Insanus'. There are going to be quite a few unimaginative underground purists who think they know better what kind of album Morbid Angel should or should not be putting out, but with 'Illud Divinum Insanus' Trey and David prove that they answer to no one but themselves. It is an incredibly well written, performed, recorded and produced record." - Karl Sanders, Nile.

"One of the best death metal releases since their last album with Vincent. I'm not too much into the techno bits but I am a dude who will appreciate and respect bands doing new things, progressing... So it's all good. Vincent's vocals of course are still as good as they come. And the riffs are definitely there, Trey always delivers. New drummer is killer too!" - Mikael Akerfeldt, Opeth.

"The ultimate voice of death metal is back, as hellish as ever!" - Mikael Stanne, Dark Tranquillity.

"Glad to see Morbid Angel are back! We had our share of criticism when we first incorporated electronic elements in our sound and we know it takes courage and passion to follow one's own stream of inspiration. This time the guitar work is more impressive than ever and those 11 songs are a real 'tour de force'. With this new album they're not afraid to take the hit from the more conservative audience but that's what it means to be extreme!" - Vorph, Samael

"Innovation, wits and a feral 'no compromise' attitude is what brands the greatest of bands. 'Illud Divinum Insanus' is all that and a leap further! Hail Morbid Angel!" - Rune "Blasphemer" Eriksen, Ava Inferi, ex Mayhem. More...

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