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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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  • Sanity_Theorist

    Their last two albums are real good, it's the three before that which are the problem. [2] Was an awkward transition period, but the payoff was MASSIVE.

    10 Jul 12:06am Reply
  • 40belowsummer

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    27 Jun 9:13pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    fans of the first couple Soilwork albums ought to check out Arise - Kings of the Cloned Generation (2003)

    17 Jun 6:22pm Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Soilwork

    17 Jun 12:44pm Reply
  • DJ_Carnifex подписывайтесь)

    11 Jun 5:06pm Reply
  • Xfing

    Ryuujitei, you've definitely got a point. I like TLI though, it's good. Still, my favorite song by them seems to be Enter Dog of Pavlov. It's just so well written and full of energy

    9 Jun 12:13pm Reply
  • Xfing

    Their last two albums are real good, it's the three before that which are the problem.

    9 Jun 12:12pm Reply
  • Pdebaunilha


    31 May 3:35pm Reply
  • spineshank155

    Their old stuff is amazing for sure, i've listened to some of the newer stuff a few times but the older stuff is more memorable. Probably nothing wrong with the new material, but i have been terrible at keeping up with this band's material, that will hopefully change though xD.

    28 Apr 1:13am Reply
  • CeciMaggot

    Eu simplesmente adorei..

    27 Apr 9:43pm Reply
  • ryujijitei

    @Zach216 and Infinite_Impact: I'm a huge fan of their older stuff and I've listened to them for many years. I'm just not a fan of their stuff after Natural Born Chaos, except for The Panic Broadcast. I feel that the album brought back a little of the old style, but moreso injected much-needed life with the heavy blues influences. I don't like The Living Infinite much at all and think it's an overly pretentious, half-baked idea with ideas spread far too thin, little memorable musicianship, and few instrumental sections. I won't fault people for liking it though, because it's infinitely better than F#5 through Sworn.

    26 Apr 4:00am Reply
  • 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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