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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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  • razor_sharp7

    oh versionfiv you're everywhere wherever I go with your attitude and your opinions.

    27 Dec 8:10pm Reply
  • Sqvoll91

    Родной брат In Flames, но в отличие от последних, сохранили свое лицо.

    27 Dec 12:18pm Reply
  • D_W_D_M

    I'm in love. I was so not expecting new Soilwork music this year, what an amazing surprise! This EP is great. [3]

    27 Nov 9:13pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    daziks because they havent made anything remotely good in almost a decade. in addition, the singer sounds terrible live these days. shockingly bad in fact, wtf happened.

    25 Nov 7:56pm Reply
  • Jackjss

    These guys aged much better than In Flames, but not as well as Darkane.. :-)

    14 Nov 9:42pm Reply
  • Kaiser_19

    @dAziks don't waste your time with versionfiv's wannabe fail attempts at trolling ;)

    7 Nov 9:12pm Reply
  • dAziks

    vv lol, why not? Soilwork is basically the only one in the scene that still makes relevant albums. Everyone else either turned to garbage (see In Flames) or make same album for five times in a row (see Dark Tranquillity). I can't stop listening to (My Nerves, Your Everyday Tool) from their new EP. And (Living Infinite) is arguably the best metal album of 2013, like.. honestly.

    1 Nov 2:19am Reply
  • spineshank155

    I find the new stuff to be average, not impressed by the EP. First 4 albums are the best.

    26 Oct 4:04pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    very surprised anyone still listens to this stuff.

    25 Oct 4:54pm Reply
  • allen7

    I'm in love. I was so not expecting new Soilwork music this year, what an amazing surprise! This EP is great. (2)

    17 Oct 9:45am Reply
  • dAziks

    First two songs off the new EP could've easily been on the actual album, great tracks. No matter how bad day you're having, a new Soilwork material always changes it upside down. I enormously enjoy their direction they took on "The Living Infinite", modern melodeath at it's best. I hope next album will sound close to it.

    10 Oct 6:46am Reply
  • vonGrav

    I'm in love. I was so not expecting new Soilwork music this year, what an amazing surprise! This EP is great.

    7 Oct 8:42pm Reply
  • Worm-Infested

    new EP is fantastic, as usual for these boys. love it.

    7 Oct 1:56am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Metal as a whole lacks dynamics...Soilwork doesn't clip excessively, so they're already doing better than the vast majority.

    7 Oct 12:13am Reply
  • mibustas

    Well,if you put things this way,i have to agree with you,but the new EP is kinda different - every song has its own vibe and are more dynamic than the album ones.

    6 Oct 1:29pm Reply
  • i4mt3hwin

    Lol wtf -- I'm not saying the album is bad, it's great. It's just very formulaic. Every song aside from maybe Owls is predictable. Listening to it the first time I could tell when the chorus was coming, could tell when the solo was coming, the break, etc. And it's definitely ok to have those songs, but when you release a double album full of them, they kind of lose their identity. It doesn't mean the album is bad. It felt bloated to me, but it was definitely good. I also kind wish it had more dynamics. It felt a little too crushed in production.

    5 Oct 5:21pm Reply
  • mibustas

    Let the haters hate,mate,they dont even back up their opinions,why bother even responding to them - Soilwork is one of the bands who manage to keep up with the production with increasingly more interesting releases with every album,especially in the last years. How many of the old bands manage to do so? - they either change style entirely or their potential is depleted ( refering to In Flames ).

    5 Oct 8:42am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Move outside of their safe zone? They added classic rock influences (a la Night Flight Orchestra,) Gojira and blues influences and greatly expanded on their keyboard tones. They might be formualci, but they experiment a hell of a lot more than most bands do within that formula, and then there's Entering Aeons and Owls Predict, Oracles Stand Guard. I highly recommend listening to the album closer, it's a melodic death metal masterpiece.

    3 Oct 6:17pm Reply
  • mibustas

    Rly enjoyed the EP,every single track is good!

    3 Oct 1:06pm Reply
  • Batlorn

    Soilwork's new EP is much better than Scar Symmetry's new releaase in everyway!

    1 Oct 8:06pm Reply
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