Soilwork is a Swedish melodic death metal band formed in late 1995, originally under the name Inferior Breed. In 1996, they changed their name to Soilwork to better fit their new sound. Their unique sound is a fusion of the classic Gothenburg metal sound with power-groove riffs of late 1970s, early 1980s British, and European metal, but in their most recent albums they have also introduced elements from American alternative metal and adopted a more melodic attitude. Their most recent work has more singing and lighter melodies than their earlier work, as well as a more polished production that brings out the strength of the drums.SOILWORK GENRES
In 2005, the band began to gain minor commercial success in the United States. Stabbing the Drama reached #12 and #21 on the Billboard Heatseeker and Independent album charts, respectively. They played the 2005 Ozzfest alongside Gothenburg melodic death metal band In Flames.
In late 2005, guitarist Peter Wichers left the band due to tour exhaustion and other personal issues. Wichers now does music production for other bands. Of all the line-up changes with Soilwork, this one comes as the biggest and most disappointing to Soilwork fans, as Wichers was a very important member of the band and has a style of guitar-playing that many believe cannot be duplicated.
As of February 4th, 2007, Soilwork were in search for a new guitarist living in Sweden. On the tours in 2006 they were using Andreas Holma (ex-Hypocrisy) as a short-term replacement. After their 2006 U.S. tour, they planned to choose one of the guitarists they had been touring with. On February 17th, the band announced while performing at the House of Metal Festival in Umeå that Daniel Antonsson was the permanent new guitarist.
Soilworks upcoming album, Sworn to a Great Divide, has been set for October 19 2007 through Nuclear Blast Records.
Melodic Death Metal (early) / Modern Rock (Now)
SOILWORK LYRICAL THEMES
Internal Struggles, Society
Sweden (Helsingborg), formed in 1995
SOILWORK CURRENT RECORD LABEL
Nuclear Blast / Soundholic
SOILWORK CURRENT LINE-UP
Björn "Speed" Strid - Vocals (Terror 2000, Disarmonia Mundi, ex-Darkane, Coldseed, ex-Dog Faced Gods)
Ola Frenning - Guitars
Sven Karlsson - Keyboards (Embraced, ex-Evergrey)
Ola Flink - Bass (ex-Hatelight)
Dirk Verbeuren - Drums (ex-Aborted, ex-Anaon, ex-Sybreed (session), ex-Artsonic, ex-Eostenem, Headline, ex-Lyzanxia, Mortuary (Fra), Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition, Phaze I, ex-Phazm, Scarve, Taliándörögd, ex-Yyrkoon, ex-7th Circle)
Daniel Antonsson - Guitars (Pathos (Swe), Dimension Zero)
SOILWORK PREVIOUS LINE-UP
Carl-Gustav Döös (Left before recording of the demo)
Andreas Holma (Live) (ex-Hypocrisy (Swe))
Mattias Nilsson (Left after demo, now in A Deeds Pride, Kayser)
Ludvig Svartz (Kicked out after 'Steelbath Suicide', now in Violet Elegy)
Peter Wichers (Left after 'Stabbing the Drama')
Jimmy Persson (Left after 'Steelbath Suicide') (Faithfull Darkness)
Henry Ranta (ex-The Defaced, ex-Terror 2000) (Played on 'The Chainheart Machine' through 'Figure Number Five')
Richard Evensand (Tour 2003) (ex-Chimaira, Demonoid, Dog Faced Gods, ex-Ebony Tears, Lion's Share, ex-Sorcerer (Swe), ex-Southpaw, ex-Therion (Swe))
Carlos Del Olmo Holmberg (Left after 'A Predator's Portrait')