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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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  • rusverm

    Приглашаю в критику и аналитику рок-песен https://vk.com/kritikarokpesen В группе много полезного.

    6 May 7:58pm Reply
  • Unknowndarkgirl

    I love Bjorn's vocals, this band is awesome [2]

    17 Apr 7:36am Reply
  • Karaouq16

    I love Bjorn's vocals, this band is awesome

    14 Apr 2:02am Reply
  • sandrarichm

    Cool Music

    10 Apr 11:06pm Reply
  • FilipeMurta

    A Swedish gift

    8 Apr 2:11am Reply
  • Damianek666XD

    metalcore? which album?

    5 Apr 8:56am Reply
  • razor_sharp7

    Light the Torch is a weird song

    28 Mar 8:31pm Reply
  • Zach216

    FN5's best cuts are "Rejection Role", "Overload", "Departure Plan", 'Cranking the Sirens" and "Downfall 24" to me. Songs like "Light the Torch" and "Brickwalker" are good but by no-means essential Soilwork.

    17 Mar 9:06am Reply
  • Zach216

    "Stabbing the Drama" is the first album to feature Dirk Verbeuren on drums (Henry Ranta was good but there's no comparing the two.) Stabbing is a heavier record than Figure Number Five with stronger, bigger, bolder melodies, imo. More violent, aggressive riffing that's magnificently executed. To me they're "locked-in" on that record. The leads are short but all of them are awesome. Stabbing has "Blind Eye Halo" which is a really good thrash song... Stabbing has songs that are perfect for live shows. (The title-track, "Weapon of Vanity", "Nerve", etc...) Love "Distance', Love "Observation Slave"... the b-side "Wherever Thorns May Grow" is kick-ass, too.

    17 Mar 9:01am Reply
  • versionfiv

    because figure number five sucks

    15 Mar 8:31pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Figure Number Five got me into them, but honestly, I don't see why that gets flack and Stabbing the Drama doesn't. Both have highlights despite the repetition, but the similarities are huge...just more screams on Stabbing the Drama. The Living Infinite and The panic Broadcast are amazing albums, and Bjorn seemed to expand on their old sound in Disarmonia Mundi.

    8 Mar 5:02pm Reply
  • Syndicaidramon

    Dreamshade just released their new single and it is amazing! Must-listen for every fan of Modern Melodic Metal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jO_qHXzejI

    5 Mar 12:33am Reply
  • rusverm

    В критике рок-песен группу очень любит админ https://vk.com/kritikarokpesen

    24 Feb 7:03pm Reply
  • flori_hedig

    German review for the new album online at metal4.de. "Live In The Heart Of Helsinki" gets 8 out of 10! http://www.metal4.de/review/soilwork-live-in-the-heart-of-helsinki/

    24 Feb 6:54pm Reply
  • i4mt3hwin

    yes really.

    20 Feb 10:21pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    not really.

    20 Feb 1:48am Reply
  • Worm-Infested

    wooooow the tracklisting for the live in finland album is AMAZING

    18 Feb 1:58am Reply
  • HappyIsabel

    Glad I found this band.

    14 Feb 6:36pm Reply
  • mattimek

    new ep is very good

    9 Feb 7:57pm Reply
  • Zach216

    I think "Figure Number Five" is one of their least impressive albums. I think ONE song over 4 minutes in length... a handful of keepers but that's (to me) one of Soilwork's most "one dimensional" and repetitious albums, to date. Still good, just probably my 3rd least favorite one

    9 Feb 1:28pm Reply
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