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Soilwork
Soilwork
is a Swedish heavy metal
Swedish heavy metal
band from Helsingborg. They are signed to Nuclear Blast. Formed in late 1995 by Björn Strid
Björn Strid
and Peter Wichers, originally under the name Inferior Breed, the band changed their name in late 1996 to Soilwork
Soilwork
(meaning "working from the ground up").

Singer Björn Strid
Björn Strid
at Rockharz Open Air 2016

Bassist Markus Wibom at Rockharz Open Air 2016

Guitarist Sylvain Coudret at Rockharz Open Air 2016

Contents

1 Biography

1.1 In Dreams We Fall into the Eternal Lake (1995–1997) 1.2 Steelbath Suicide
Steelbath Suicide
(1998) 1.3 The Chainheart Machine
The Chainheart Machine
(1999) 1.4 A Predator's Portrait
A Predator's Portrait
(2000) 1.5 Natural Born Chaos
Natural Born Chaos
(2001–2002) 1.6 Figure Number Five
Figure Number Five
(late 2002–2004) 1.7 Stabbing the Drama
Stabbing the Drama
(2005–2006) 1.8 Sworn to a Great Divide
Sworn to a Great Divide
(2007–2010) 1.9 The Panic Broadcast
The Panic Broadcast
and The Sledgehammer Files: The Best of Soilwork
Soilwork
1998-2008 (late 2010–2012) 1.10 The Living Infinite
The Living Infinite
(2013-2014) 1.11 Beyond the Infinite (2014) 1.12 The Ride Majestic
The Ride Majestic
(2015) 1.13 Death Resonance (2016)

2 Band members 3 Discography 4 References 5 External links

Biography[edit] In Dreams We Fall into the Eternal Lake (1995–1997)[edit] Formed in late 1995, originally under the name Inferior Breed. Their sound, as explained by "Speed" was influenced by such bands as Pantera, Meshuggah, and Carcass.[1] Upon changing their band name in late 1996 to Soilwork, they began to make more melodic music.[1] Soilwork
Soilwork
began work on a demo entitled In Dreams We Fall into the Eternal Lake. Before the recording ever took place, bassist Carl-Gustav Döös left the group, leaving guitarist Peter Wichers to handle the bass tracks on the demo. In a chance encounter, Soilwork met Michael Amott
Michael Amott
of Arch Enemy
Arch Enemy
fame, who owned a record store in Helsingborg, and gave him a copy of their demo.[1] This ultimately led to the band signing with Listenable Records. Steelbath Suicide
Steelbath Suicide
(1998)[edit] In 1998, Soilwork
Soilwork
added keyboardist Carlos Holmberg and bassist Ola Flink. The band recorded and released their debut album Steelbath Suicide in May of that year. Soon after, guitarist Ludvig Svartz and drummer Jimmy Persson left, citing "different musical opinions."[2] Persson (now guitar and vocals in Faithful Darkness) was replaced by Henry Ranta, while Svartz was replaced by Peter Wichers' uncle, Ola Frenning.[3] The band toured throughout Europe in support of the album with bands such as Darkane, Naglfar, and Krisiun. The Chainheart Machine
The Chainheart Machine
(1999)[edit] In 1999, Soilwork
Soilwork
recorded their second full-length album, The Chainheart Machine but it was released in 2000. The album received critical acclaim and eventually landed them a recording contract with label Nuclear Blast, allowing the band to tour with acts such as Defleshed, Cannibal Corpse, and even, briefly, with fellow melodic death metallers Dark Tranquillity.[4] A Predator's Portrait
A Predator's Portrait
(2000)[edit] In 2000, after exhausting themselves with touring, Soilwork
Soilwork
returned to the studio to record their third full-length album, A Predator's Portrait. The release was well received and brought Soilwork
Soilwork
to the forefront of the melodic death metal scene, alongside label mates In Flames.[5] The band played at Wacken Open Air
Wacken Open Air
that year, and toured extensively with Annihilator and Nevermore. Natural Born Chaos
Natural Born Chaos
(2001–2002)[edit] Following up on their success, Soilwork
Soilwork
entered the studio again in late 2001 to record the follow-up to A Predator's Portrait
A Predator's Portrait
with Devin Townsend and Fredrik Nordström.[6] Natural Born Chaos
Natural Born Chaos
was released in early 2002, to much acclaim as well.[citation needed] Soilwork
Soilwork
toured throughout Europe to support the album, and, for the first time, throughout the United States, first with bands Hypocrisy, Scar Culture, Chimaira, Unearth
Unearth
and Killswitch Engage
Killswitch Engage
during the summer,[7] then alongside label mates In Flames
In Flames
during the fall.[8] After touring, they started writing and recording their fifth album. Figure Number Five
Figure Number Five
(late 2002–2004)[edit] In December 2002, Soilwork
Soilwork
entered the studio to begin recording their fifth album.[9] After recording, the band began a European tour with Children of Bodom
Children of Bodom
and Shadows Fall
Shadows Fall
throughout April and May.[10] That same month, Figure Number Five
Figure Number Five
was released. In early June, drummer Henry Ranta
Henry Ranta
left the band, to focus more on his personal life, and was replaced a week later by Richard Evensand.[11] The band then embarked on another North American tour with In Flames, Chimaira, and Unearth.[12][13] In September, Soilwork
Soilwork
toured Japan
Japan
with Children of Bodom.[14] Merely days after a short mini-trek tour through Japan, Soilwork
Soilwork
also toured Australia
Australia
briefly.[15] Later that year, they again toured North America with Chimaira, As I Lay Dying and Bleeding Through.[16] After the tour, Richard Evensand left the band to replace drummer Andols Herrick who had recently left Chimaira.[17] Soilwork initially announced his temporary replacement as Dirk Verbeuren
Dirk Verbeuren
of Scarve.[18] Verbeuren would later become the full-time replacement.[19] In early 2004, singer Björn "Speed" Strid
Björn "Speed" Strid
laid down tracks with Italian melodic death metal band Disarmonia Mundi.[20] During April, the band announced that it had extended its contract with record label Nuclear Blast
Nuclear Blast
Records.[21] That same month the band again toured Australia
Australia
alongside Anthrax, Embodiment 12:14, and Killswitch Engage. In mid-2004, Soilwork
Soilwork
toured Japan
Japan
for a second time alongside Dark Tranquillity.[22] In September, Soilwork
Soilwork
entered the studio to record their sixth album, Stabbing the Drama.[23] Stabbing the Drama
Stabbing the Drama
(2005–2006)[edit] Soilwork
Soilwork
entered Dug Out Studios on September 14 to begin recording their sixth full-length album. A week later the band changed venues and recorded at Fascination Street Studios.[24] Stabbing the Drama
Stabbing the Drama
was released in early March 2005. The album entered the Finnish charts at number 19, and in Sweden at number 14.[25] The band also began to gain minor commercial success in the United States. Stabbing the Drama reached No. 12 and No. 21 on the Billboard Heatseeker and Independent album charts, respectively.[26] The band partook in the 2005 Ozzfest, performing on the second stage.[27] In November the band toured stateside with Fear Factory.[28] In late 2005, guitarist Peter Wichers left the band due to tour exhaustion and other personal issues.[19] The same month, Strid announced he was working on a second album with Disarmomia Mundi.[29] In May 2006, Daniel Antonsson was announced as the replacement for Peter Wichers.[30] Soilwork
Soilwork
spent the summer appearing at festivals throughout Europe. In September they toured throughout the UK and Turkey.[31] The band later pulled out of the Turkish dates, due to terrorist attacks and bombings that had recently occurred to tourists there.[32] In October the band trekked North America, this time with Darkest Hour, Mnemic
Mnemic
and Threat Signal.[33][34] Sworn to a Great Divide
Sworn to a Great Divide
(2007–2010)[edit] In early March 2007, Soilwork
Soilwork
began laying down the tracks for their seventh album, Sworn to a Great Divide[35] Late in June, Ola Frenning announced that the album was finished.[36] Soilwork
Soilwork
toured in the fall alongside Caliban, Sonic Syndicate, and Dark Tranquillity
Dark Tranquillity
in a tour dubbed, ' Eastpak
Eastpak
Antidote' tour.[37] The album was released on October 19, 2007 through Nuclear Blast. The album sports a sound closer to thrash than their previous albums, though still backed by their trademark synth elements. The band took part on an American tour with co-headliners Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage, as well as DevilDriver. The tour began on November 28, 2007 at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Massachusetts, and ended at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico on December 17, 2007. The tour, dubbed The Clash of the Titans Tour 2007, appeared in Grand Prairie, TX at the Nokia Live Theatre on December 8, 2007 to play for the entire Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. On February 12, 2008, an official statement was posted on Soilwork's official website that Ola Frenning and Soilwork
Soilwork
had decided to part ways, his replacement came in the form of Sylvain Coudret. In another statement on September 18, 2008, it was revealed that guitarist Daniel Antonsson would be replaced with the return of former guitarist and founding member Peter Wichers and also that Sylvain Coudret from the band Scarve who has been doing session work as second guitarist during 2008 Summer festivals became permanent guitar player for the band.[38] The Panic Broadcast
The Panic Broadcast
and The Sledgehammer Files: The Best of Soilwork 1998-2008 (late 2010–2012)[edit] The band returned to the studio in early 2010 to write and record their eighth album, later on with Strid announcing on January 22, 2010 in a MySpace bulletin that the new album would be entitled The Panic Broadcast.[39] On June 30, 2010, The Sledgehammer Files: The Best of Soilwork
Soilwork
1998-2008 was released followed The Panic Broadcast
The Panic Broadcast
on July 2 in Europe, and on July 13 in North America.[40] The Living Infinite
The Living Infinite
(2013-2014)[edit] Soilwork
Soilwork
announced on June 26, 2012 that Peter Wichers has left Soilwork
Soilwork
for the second time. Following the departure, Peter was replaced by David Andersson. Strid began to think of the band's next album as a double album during a 2011 tour. He wanted to challenge himself, instead of releasing a single album after Wicher's departure. He also wanted to show that the band could release a great album with one of their main composers gone. He wrote two songs by the end of the year, and began writing with the band in March 2012. Soilwork
Soilwork
announced they would begin recording August 23, 2012.[41] The album was released February 27, 2013 in Asia, March 1 in Europe, March 4 in the UK and March 5 in North America. Beyond the Infinite (2014)[edit] Soilwork
Soilwork
released a five track EP on September 24, 2014 only in Asia. The Ride Majestic
The Ride Majestic
(2015)[edit] On December 5, 2014, Soilwork
Soilwork
frontman Strid confirmed that work had begun on a new album when he posted a picture on Facebook of him listening to new demos.[42] Strid also stated that Soilwork
Soilwork
are sounding "better than ever."[42] It was also confirmed that Soilwork has teamed up with Testament frontman Chuck Billy's Breaking Bands LLC management company for the album.[42] In June 2015, Soilwork
Soilwork
announced that longtime bassist Ola Flink and the band had parted ways and that he would be replaced by new bassist Markus Wibom.[43] Soilwork
Soilwork
supports Soulfly
Soulfly
on their 2015 We Sold Our Souls To Metal Tour. Decapitated and Shattered Sun
Shattered Sun
also joins the tour, scheduled for a 27 concert trek starting on September 30 and ending in Albuquerque, NM on October 30.[44][45][46][47] Then, Soilwork
Soilwork
goes on a European tour as headliner with HateSphere and French band T.A.N.K. On July 15th, 2016 it was announced that long time drummer Dirk Verbeuren has left the band and subsequently joining Megadeth.[48] Death Resonance (2016)[edit] On August 19, 2016, Soilwork
Soilwork
released a compilation album, Death Resonance, which featured a number of B-sides and rarities on five of their previous albums in addition to two new songs.[49] Band members[edit] For a more comprehensive list, see List of Soilwork
Soilwork
band members.

Current members

Björn "Speed" Strid
Björn "Speed" Strid
– vocals (1995–present) Sven Karlsson – keyboards (2001–present) Sylvain Coudret – guitars (2008–present) David Andersson – guitars (2012–present; hiatus 2016-present) Markus Wibom – bass (2015–present)[50] Bastian Thusgaard – drums (2016–present)

Touring members

Ronny Gutierrez – guitars (2016–present)

Discography[edit] For a more comprehensive list, see Soilwork
Soilwork
discography.

Studio albums

Steelbath Suicide
Steelbath Suicide
(1998) The Chainheart Machine
The Chainheart Machine
(2000) A Predator's Portrait
A Predator's Portrait
(2001) Natural Born Chaos
Natural Born Chaos
(2002) Figure Number Five
Figure Number Five
(2003) Stabbing the Drama
Stabbing the Drama
(2005) Sworn to a Great Divide
Sworn to a Great Divide
(2007) The Panic Broadcast
The Panic Broadcast
(2010) The Living Infinite
The Living Infinite
(2013) The Ride Majestic
The Ride Majestic
(2015)

References[edit]

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Soilwork
Interview - Metalkings.com". Metalkings.com. Retrieved 2007-08-14.  ^ "Svartz and Persson quit". Tartarean Desire. 2005-12-12. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ "Wicher's Uncle Frenning Joins". 2005-04-06. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ " Soilwork
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Interview - Rockdetector.com". Rockdetector.com. Archived from the original on 2007-08-28. Retrieved 2007-08-14.  ^ Soilwork. "Predator's Portrait brings much acclaim". Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ " Soilwork
Soilwork
Complete Work on "Best Album We Ever Did"!". Blabbermouth.net. 2001-12-27. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ " Soilwork
Soilwork
to tour US with Hypocrisy". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ "In Flames, Soilwork
Soilwork
join forces for European/US tour". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ " Soilwork
Soilwork
To Commence Recording New CD". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ " Shadows Fall
Shadows Fall
to Support Children of Bodom, Soilwork
Soilwork
in Europe". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ " Soilwork
Soilwork
Announce New Drummer". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ "In Flames, Soilwork, Chimaira, Unearth
Unearth
to Team up For North American Tour". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ "In Flames, Soilwork, Chimaira: More North American Dates Announced". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ "Children of Bodom, Soilwork
Soilwork
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Soilwork
to Tour Australia". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ " Chimaira
Chimaira
And Soilwork
Soilwork
to Team up For 'Pure Hatred' Tour". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ "Former Soilwork
Soilwork
Drummer Explains Decision to Join Chimaira". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ " Soilwork
Soilwork
Announce Temporary Replacement For Departed Drummer". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ a b "SOILWORK: Guitarist WICHERS Quits, Drummer VERBEUREN Named Full-Time Member". Blabbermouth.net. 2005-12-11. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ "DISARMONIA MUNDI: Sophomore Album To Include Appearance By SOILWORK Singer". Blabbermouth.net. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ " Soilwork
Soilwork
Extend Contract With Nuclear Blast". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ "Dark Tranquillity, Soilwork
Soilwork
to Team up for Japanese Tour". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ " Soilwork
Soilwork
to Enter Studio in September". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ " Soilwork
Soilwork
Begin Recording New Album". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ "Soilwork's 'Stabbing The Drama' Enters Finnish Chart At No. 19". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ "Billboard albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ "It's Official: Mudvayne To Fill 'Mystery Band' Slot on Ozzfest's Main Stage". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ " Soilwork
Soilwork
to Miss First Nine Shows of Fear Factory
Fear Factory
Tour". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ " Soilwork
Soilwork
Frontman Working on New Diarmonia Mundi Album". Blabbermouth.net. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ "Soilwork: North American Debut with New Guitarist Scheduled for the Fall". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ "SOILWORK: U.K., Turkish Dates Announced". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ "SOILWORK Postpones Turkish Dates". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ "Soilwork, Darkest Hour, Mnemic: More U.S. Tour Dates Announced". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ "Threat Signal: Video Footage From Soilwork
Soilwork
Tour Posted Online". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ "Soilwork: Drums for New CD Completed; Photos, Video Available". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ "SOILWORK Completes Work On New Album". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ "Chimaira, Soilwork, Caliban, Sonic Syndicate: More 'Eastpak Antidote' Dates Announced". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  ^ "The Official Soilwork
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op Myspace". Blogs.myspace.com. 2010-01-22. Archived from the original on 2010-01-27. Retrieved 2011-10-30.  ^ "SOILWORK - Unveil THE PANIC BROADCAST Artwork! van Soilwork
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op Myspace". Blogs.myspace.com. 2010-04-20. Archived from the original on 2009-02-07. Retrieved 2011-10-30.  ^ " Soilwork
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To Enter Studio This Week". Blabbermouth.net. 2012-08-21. Retrieved 2015-03-18.  ^ a b c " Soilwork
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are better than ever - Metal Hammer". Metalhammer.teamrock.com. 2014-12-05. Retrieved 2015-03-18.  ^ "SOILWORK - welcome new bassist Markus Wibom! - Nuclear Blast". www.nuclearblast.de. Retrieved 2015-12-16.  ^ " Soulfly
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2015 We Sold Our Souls To Metal Tour Schedule With Decapitated, Soilwork
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Announces North American Tour Dates With Soilwork". May 8, 2015. Retrieved May 10, 2015.  ^ "http://www.soulfly.com/". Retrieved May 10, 2015.  External link in title= (help) ^ Template:Http://newnoisemagazine.com/dirk-verbeuren-soilwork-joins-megadeth/ ^ http://www.metalinjection.net/reviews/soilwork-death-resonance ^ https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10152960898722263&substory_index=0&id=8516817262

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Soilwork.

Official website Soilwork's Myspace profile Nuclear Blast
Nuclear Blast
- official website HardRadio.com interview with Bjorn Strid on Soilwork, Ozzfest, and Scandinavian Metal

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Soilwork

Björn Strid Sven Karlsson Sylvain Coudret David Andersson Markus Wibom Bastian Thusgaard

Mattias Nilsson Carl-Gustav Döös Ludvig Svartz Jimmy Persson Carlos Holmberg Henry Ranta Ola Frenning Daniel Antonsson Peter Wichers Ola Flink Dirk Verbeuren

Studio albums

Steelbath Suicide
Steelbath Suicide
(1998) The Chainheart Machine
The Chainheart Machine
(2000) A Predator's Portrait
A Predator's Portrait
(2001) Natural Born Chaos
Natural Born Chaos
(2002) Figure Number Five
Figure Number Five
(2003) Stabbing the Drama
Stabbing the Drama
(2005) Sworn to a Great Divide
Sworn to a Great Divide
(2007) The Panic Broadcast
The Panic Broadcast
(2010) The Living Infinite
The Living Infinite
(2013) The Ride Majestic
The Ride Majestic
(2015)

EPs

The Early Chapters
The Early Chapters
(2004) Beyond the Infinite (2014)

Compilation albums

The Sledgehammer Files: The Best of Soilwork
Soilwork
1998 - 2008 (2010) Death Resonance (2016)

Live albums

Live in the Heart of Helsinki
Live in the Heart of Helsinki
(2015)

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