Soilwork Shares New Album Trailer, Tour With Amorphis In 2019

Melodic metal veterans Soilwork have shared yet another trailer for their new, as yet untitled album due out in 2019 from Nuclear Blast Records. The band has completed recording and further details about the new release are forthcoming. It will be their first album of new material since 2015’s The Ride Majestic. Watch the trailer now! Continue reading

Video: Soilwork – Death In General

Soilwork, photo credit Hannah Verbeuren

Soilwork, photo credit Hannah Verbeuren

Soilwork have released their new video for their song ‘Death In General’. You can see the video at this link at Toontrack

Soilwork Drummer Dirk Verbueren commented on working with Toontrack for the première:

“Toontrack’s software and sounds are essential not only to Soilwork but to myself for the work do daily at my Die Crawling Studio. It’s really an honor to have a company whose products are a pivotal part of one’s creative process to première our new video.”

 

Front man Bjorn “Speed” Strid commented on the video and about working with its director, Hristo Shindov:

Recording the video for “Death In General” was absolutely spectacular. After finishing up our North American Tour at The Whisky in Hollywood, we got up at 5am the next morning and drove into the desert. Joshua Tree is truly a magical place and was the perfect setting for this song and the mystical feeling it generates. Blind Melon guitarist Christopher Thorn was very kind to let us use his land for the shoot and he also welcomed us into his home. Director Hristo Shindov and his assistants did a fantastic job, capturing the vibe of the song with stunning footage. The dancers, Daisy and Flannery also did an absolute outstanding job, as they danced in the sunset. Truly magical. We are very proud to present this video for one of the most powerful songs that we have ever written. Hope you enjoy it and that you somewhat can imagine the feeling we had while recording it! We highly recommend sipping on a real good tequila or mezcal while watching it…”

 

Soilwork kicks off their year-end tour of Europe tonight, “The Tour Majestic”, in Malmö, Sweden. Support comes from Hatesphere and T.A.N.K.

Soilwork tour dates, with Hatesphere and T.A.N.K.
Nov 27: KB – Malmö (SE)
Nov 28: X-Herford – Herford (DE)
Nov 29: Kufa – Lyss (SI)
Nov 30: Le Port Franc – Sion (SI)
Dec 01: Colony Club – Brescia (IT)
Dec 02: Backstage Halle – Munich (DE)
Dec 03: Schlachthof – Wiesbaden (DE)
Dec 04: Hellraiser – Leipzig (DE)
Dec 05: Winter Basinfire Fest (CZ)
Dec 06: Bi Nuu – Berlin (DE)
Dec 07: Logo – Hamburg (DE)
Dec 08: Luxor – Koln (DE)
Dec 10: 013 – Tillburg (NL)
Dec 11: Biebob – Vooselaar (BE)
Dec 12: Les Trinitaires – Metz (FR)
Dec 13: Les 4 ecluses – Dunkerque (FR)
Dec 14: Trabendo – Paris (FR)
Dec 15: Antipode – Rennes (FR)
Dec 16: Rocher de Palmer – Bordeaux (FR)
Dec 17: Le Chato’do – Blois (FR)
Dec 18: CC John Lennon – Limoges (FR)
Dec 19: CCO – Lyon (FR)

 

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Video: Soilwork –Enemies In Fidelity Clip

 

Soilwork, photo by Hannah Verbeuren

Soilwork, photo by Hannah Verbeuren

Soilwork has released a new video for their song ‘Enemies In Fidelity’ from their latest album The Ride Majestic (Nuclear Blast) . You can watch the video at this link or below:

 

The clip was directed by Hannah Verbeuren, wife of Soilwork drummer Dirk Verbeuren. Vocalist Björn “Speed” Strid commented on the video:

“The video for “Enemies In Fidelity” captures the hardship of maintaining friendships between friends or lovers and how the struggle sometimes gets addictive, very often to a point where you lose yourself and hatred takes over.”​

 

Soilwork is soon to embark on the “We Sold Our Souls For Metal Tour” with Soulfly, Decapitated and Shattered Sun. Soilwork will act as direct support on all dates.

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“We Sold Our Souls To Metal” 2015 Tour With Soulfly, Decapitated, Shattered Sun
Sep 30: Fonda Theater – Los Angeles, CA
Oct 01: Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
Oct 02: Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
Oct 03: Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
Oct 04: Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
Oct 06: Level Nightclub – Kelowna, BC
Oct 07: Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
Oct 08: O’Brian’s Event Centre – Saskatoon, SK
Oct 09: Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
Oct 10: Amsterdam – Minneapolis, MN
Oct 11: Mojoes – Joliet, IL
Oct 12: Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA
Oct 13: Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH
Oct 14: Opera House – Toronto, ON
Oct 15: Corona Theater – Montreal, QC
Oct 18: Northland Performing Arts Center – Columbus, OH
Oct 19: Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
Oct 20: Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
Oct 21: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
Oct 22: The International – Knoxville, TN
Oct 23: Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Oct 24: Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL
Oct 25: State Theater – St Petersburg, FL
Oct 27: Scout Bar – Houston, TX
Oct 28: Empire Control Room – Austin, TX
Oct 29: Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
Oct 30: Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM

 

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Soilwork – The Ride Majestic

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Full disclosure: I’m a huge lover of the Melodic Death Metal genre, and I regard Soilwork as one of the scene’s finest exponents. Despite an ever-changing line-up (Bjorn “Speed” Strid is the only original member left) over a career spanning 20 years, every album has carefully developed and built on the strengths of its predecessors whilst remaining utterly true to the essential elements that characterise Soilwork’s body of work. Consistency is the hallmark of this band.

Astonishingly, they have managed this without ever sounding stale or falling into the common trap of self-plagiarism, and their 10th studio album, The Ride Majestic (Nuclear Blast), continues the slow and subtle evolution of the Soilwork sound that has been defining the progression of this band since The Chainheart Machine (Listenable).

Produced by Jens Bogren, who also helmed their last LP The Living Infinite (Nuclear Blast), it sounds fuller, richer and shinier than all that have gone before. The excellent first track, ‘The Ride Majestic’, is a familiar opener, leading in with a gentle intro before delivering an excellent melodic soup of thrash growls, staccato riffs, sweeping scales, massive chords, expansive clean chorus lines and a noodly guitar solo.

Signature Soilwork songs leave the listener feeling like they’ve just run a Tough Mudder in record time: ‘Alight in the Aftermath’ is absolutely one of those songs – classic. But wait what’s this? The passage at the end is a monstrous shout-fest reminiscent of the sorely-missed Strapping Young Lad. I can’t wait to hear this played live.

‘Death in General’ gives us an almost Clapton-like intro lick that serves as the main hook. Another song of the classic Soilwork cannon, it would not sound out of place on Natural Born Chaos (Nuclear Blast) while ‘Enemies in Fidelity’, features the apt lyric “You can count on my distinctive presence” – Speed ain’t lyin’ brother – sounds like a bonus track from Stabbing the Drama (Nuclear Blast).

The bemusingly-titled ‘Petrichor by Sulphur’ starts to distinguish the sound of the new album in earnest, showcasing new influences that are pushing the band into fresh sonic territory. There’s new guitar tones, new chord progressions and uncharacteristic vocal hooks. In particular, the mixing of the keyboards is different here – it’s been tucked behind the guitars in such a way as to add drive and depth to an already rich sound. Delicious.

I’d swear that Devin Townsend contributes guest vocals to ‘The Phantom’ in the Lad-As-Fuck chorus, but apparently it’s a fella called Pascal Poulsen, apparently from one of the bands called Odium (I’ve found 3 so far – the Canadian guys are awesome).

Along with the racing tunes, Soilwork have another trademark of having one or two joyful bridges or middle eights that just make you glad to be alive. ‘The Ride Majestic (Aspire Angelic)’ is that song. It also features another endearing Soilwork trope – there’s at least one song on each album with a clumsy timing change. It’s subtle, but definitely there.

Soilwork, photo by Hannah Verbeuren

Soilwork, photo by Hannah Verbeuren

‘Whirl of Pain’ is a clean nearly-ballad that lets us know we’re on the home straight. ‘All Along Echoing Paths’ (a swinging stomper) and ‘Shining Lights’ (another race with more delightfully fresh elements) lead us to the closing track of what has been a breathless and triumphant addition to the Soilwork legacy.

Featuring Nathan James Biggs of Sonic Syndicate on guest vocals, ‘Father and Son Watching the World Go Down’ sees us out with a sublime cacophony of proggy goodness which borrows heavily from the likes of Rush and Dream Theater.

In a career of great albums, the aptly named The Ride Majestic is truly outstanding.

 

9.0/10

 

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Soilwork Release First Single, Lyric Video From The Ride Majestic

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Melodic Death Metal legends Soilwork released the first single from their new album, The Ride Majestic, due out from Nuclear Blast on August 28th. You can hear the title track in the form a lyric video, seen on Nuclear Blast’s YouTube channel at this link or below:

Pre-Orders for the album in all of its various formats (CD, vinyl, t-shit/CD Bundle)- are live now and can be purchased at http://nblast.de/SOILWORKMajesticNB

Soilwork, photo by Hannah Verbeuren

Soilwork, photo by Hannah Verbeuren

Soilwork will spend the summer on a brief tour of Europe music festivals, supported by Hatesphere:

Soilwork tour dates:

Soilwork with Hatesphere:

Jul 25: Nord Open Air – Essen, Germany

Jul 30: Fezen Festival – Szekesfehervar, Hungary

Aug 1: Karlslundsfestivalen – Bollnäs, Sweden

Aug 7: Jurassic Rock Festival- Mikkeli, Finland

Aug 21: Octopode Festival – Geneva, Switzerland

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Soilwork will celebrate their new album on tour in the US this fall, performing with Soulfly, Decapitated and Shattered Sun on the “We Sold Our Souls To Metal” tour:

We Sold Our Souls to Metal” 2015 Tour – Soulfly, Soilwork, Decapitated, Shattered Sun
Sep 30: Fonda Theater – Los Angeles, CA
Oct 01: Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
Oct 02: Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
Oct 03: Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
Oct 04: Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
Oct 06: Level Nightclub – Kelowna, BC
Oct 07: Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
Oct 08: O’Brian’s Event Centre – Saskatoon, SK
Oct 09: Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
Oct 10: Amsterdam – Minneapolis, MN
Oct 11: Mojoes – Joliet, IL
Oct 12: Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA
Oct 13: Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH
Oct 14: Opera House – Toronto, ON
Oct 15: Corona Theater – Montreal, QC
Oct 18: Northland Performing Arts Center – Columbus, OH
Oct 19: Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
Oct 20: Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
Oct 21: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
Oct 22: The International – Knoxville, TN
Oct 23: Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Oct 24: Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL
Oct 25: State Theater – St Petersburg, FL
Oct 27: Scout Bar – Houston, TX
Oct 28: Empire Control Room – Austin, TX
Oct 29: Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
Oct 30: Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM

Soilwork Releases New Music From The Ride Majestic Album

Soilwork, photo by Hannah Verbeuren

Soilwork, photo by Hannah Verbeuren

Soilwork today unveiled a song snippet of the title track for their forthcoming album The Ride Majestic (Nuclear Blast) due out on August 28th. The album will be available in various formats (CD, vinyl, t-shirt/CD bundle). You can watch the snippet on Myspace at this link: https://myspace.com/article:/7/2/soilwork-ride-majestic-verbeuren-interview

Soilwork will spend the summer on a brief tour of Europe music festivals, supported by Hatesphere:

Soilwork tour dates:

Soilwork with Hatesphere:

Jul 25: Nord Open Air – Essen, Germany

Jul 30: Fezen Festival – Szekesfehervar, Hungary

Aug 1: Karlslundsfestivalen – Bollnäs, Sweden

Aug 7: Jurassic Rock Festival- Mikkeli, Finland

Aug 21: Octopode Festival – Geneva, Switzerland

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Soilwork will celebrate their new album on tour in the US this fall, performing with Soulfly, Decapitated and Shattered Sun on the “We Sold Our Souls To Metal” tour:

We Sold Our Souls to Metal” 2015 Tour – Soulfly, Soilwork, Decapitated, Shattered Sun
Sep 30: Fonda Theater – Los Angeles, CA
Oct 01: Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
Oct 02: Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
Oct 03: Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
Oct 04: Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
Oct 06: Level Nightclub – Kelowna, BC
Oct 07: Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
Oct 08: O’Brian’s Event Centre – Saskatoon, SK
Oct 09: Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
Oct 10: Amsterdam – Minneapolis, MN
Oct 11: Mojoes – Joliet, IL
Oct 12: Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA
Oct 13: Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH
Oct 14: Opera House – Toronto, ON
Oct 15: Corona Theater – Montreal, QC
Oct 18: Northland Performing Arts Center – Columbus, OH
Oct 19: Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
Oct 20: Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
Oct 21: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
Oct 22: The International – Knoxville, TN
Oct 23: Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Oct 24: Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL
Oct 25: State Theater – St Petersburg, FL
Oct 27: Scout Bar – Houston, TX
Oct 28: Empire Control Room – Austin, TX
Oct 29: Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
Oct 30: Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM