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Helsingborg, Sweden (1995 – present)

Soilwork is a band formed in late 1995, originally under the name Inferior Breed in Helsingborg, Sweden. In 1996, they changed their name to Soilwork to better fit their new sound. Their unique sound is a fusion of the classic 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 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.

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 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.


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  • InsanityTheory

    Still the first one xP

    17 Apr 11:43am Reply
  • Rabelo155

    One of the best swedish death metal bands!

    11 Apr 6:07am Reply
  • KevMeister95

    This band is the epitome of epic swedish music!

    4 Apr 12:40pm Reply
  • tfaaon

    fuck guys, I interviewed two guys from Scarve, but the video's in French... xD would you like an English translation ?

    2 Apr 8:38pm Reply
  • Infinite_Impact

    I guess this means not everyone hears the same things the same way. You seem to be a very dedicated fan of the band's music and discover certain nuances in their music not everyone else would identify immediately, if ever at all for a heap of different reasons. Probably because their music is right up your alley. And that's cool. But that doesn't mean people's "ears are not super developed", if they don't hear the same things the same way you do. Different strokes for different folks. Music is experience and everyone experiences things differently.

    25 Mar 7:15am Reply
  • Zach216

    Oh "The Living Infinite II" possibly one of their greatest songs to date... I mean that chorus as well as the transition in the bridge that eventually builds to the lead and then the driving (slightly altered) chorus... that always blows my mind. Everything in that track does... drumming.

    22 Mar 4:34pm Reply
  • Zach216

    ryujiitei: What do you listen to your music through? When people make those types of comments about nothing standing out, I'm assuming it's just their ear isn't super-developed and/or they don't listen to music through particularly good equipment. Maybe I'm just dedicated but I can name any track of Soilwork's (esp. from A Predator's Portrait or later, all the way up until now on The Living Infinite) almost INSTANTLY. I feel each song is that distinct as well as each album having it's own uniqueness about it. The Living Infinite is obviously a double-album but the vibe to me is just a lot DARKER (plus there's 2 instrumentals on the 2nd disc) so for nothing to stand out... that's a head-scratcher. I love "Long Live the Misanthrope" and "Drowning With Silence", and "Tongue", and "Vesta", and "The Windswept Mercy", and "Parasite Blues"... SO many standouts on that masterpiece, in my opinion

    22 Mar 3:52pm Reply
  • Entripy777

    Metalcore from Australia:

    18 Mar 3:38am Reply
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  • ryujijitei

    The Living Infinite is pleasant to listen to, but very few of the tracks stand out. I don't know how to feel about it. At least Chainheart Machine and Predator's Portrait will always be near-flawless albums.

    12 Mar 12:57am Reply
  • crazysharky666

    A band that took way to long to grow on me, but now it did I'm not afraid to say that thye have a lot of kick-ass songs.

    10 Mar 6:11pm Reply
  • althefknamsrtkn

    just discovered these guys through justin bieber [2]

    9 Mar 3:45pm Reply
  • Sander1991

    Omg The Living Infinite is the shit!

    8 Mar 11:41pm Reply
  • raw_melody_man

    just discovered these guys through justin sullivan\new model army... love them already!!

    6 Mar 5:44pm Reply
  • dane_chaos1

    Figure Number Five, always.

    19 Feb 9:35am Reply
  • Industri4lBitch

    23 Jan 8:43am Reply
  • aernoudts

    To me the ones most pleasant to listen to would definitely be The Chainheart Machine and the last two ones. [3]

    16 Jan 2:12am Reply
  • oFFoy

    If you like soilwork try listening my band: we worked really hard to put this out, please check it out, thanks! :)

    11 Jan 10:19pm Reply
  • Kaiser_19

    To me the ones most pleasant to listen to would definitely be The Chainheart Machine and the last two ones. [2] But i would add Steelbath Suicide and A Predator's Portrait. I like all Soilwork though.

    7 Jan 11:39am Reply
  • Xfing

    XxLastPathxX it is tagged as metalcore, oh well. While primarily melodeath, you have to admit that there are hardcore punk drumbeats here and there, like in This momentary Bliss for example. Yeah, you heard me right, that's a hardcore beat. And that kinda makes the song metalcore. Don't think metalcore is just Atreyu and BMTH, there are plenty of good, talented bands in the genre and it isn't all garbage.

    4 Jan 5:31pm Reply
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