Guitarist, songwriter & producer Peter Wichers of the Godfathers of Swedish modern metal SOILWORK, answered a series of questions from fans regarding the band’s upcoming album The Panic Broadcast and all things SOILWORK!
Guitarist, songwriter & producer Peter Wichers of the Godfathers of Swedish modern metal SOILWORK, has recorded a track by track breakdown for the band’s upcoming album The Panic Broadcast! Check it out below:
SOILWORK, are currently working on a music video for the song “Deliverance Is Mine” to be directed by Ivan Colic (EX DEO, TYPE O NEGATIVE, UNLEASHED) and produced by Stanimir Lucik.
The Panic Broadcast is the first album to feature original guitarist, songwriter & producer Peter Wichers since his return to the band in 2008 and is set to be released on July 2 (EUROPE) and July 13 (N. America) via Nuclear Blast! Produced by Wichers and mixed by Jen Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA, SYMPHONY X), this is the record long time SOILWORK fans have been waiting for! Pre-order the regular or deluxe edition with or without an exclusive shirt design at the following location http://bit.ly/c6FJeo. First 500 orders will receive an autographed poster while supplies last.
The Godfathers of Swedish modern metal, SOILWORK,arecurrently working on a music video for the song “Deliverance Is Mine” to be directed by Ivan Colic (EX DEO, TYPE O NEGATIVE, UNLEASHED) and produced by Stanimir Lucik. The track comes off their latest upcoming release The Panic Broadcast. A few still photos from the story board stage of the project are attached. The band recently talked a little bit about the concept behind the new clip:
“Our new video ‘Deliverance Is Mine’ will be the follow-up to 2003’s CGI animated masterpiece ‘Light The Torch’. We’ve always loved that clip and it’s really exciting to be able to give it a sequel! The song is about people living through others like parasites, a perfect setting for the evil scientist and his humanoid servant to continue their cruel experiments. So far the first drafts look jaw-dropping and we have no doubt that the team over at Rock The Nation will do an amazing job on ‘Deliverance Is Mine’!” The Panic Broadcast is the first album to feature original guitarist, songwriter & producer Peter Wichers since his return to the band in 2008 and is set to be released on July 2 (EUROPE) and July 13 (N. America) via Nuclear Blast! Produced by Wichers and mixed by Jen Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA, SYMPHONY X), this is the record long time SOILWORK fans have been waiting for! Pre-order the regular or deluxe edition with or without an exclusive shirt design at the following location http://bit.ly/c6FJeo. First 500 orders will receive an autographed poster while supplies last.
The Panic Broadcast Deluxe Edition Tracklist:
1. Late for the Kill, Early for the Slaughter
2. Two Lives Worth of Reckoning
3. The Thrill
4. Deliverance is Mine
5. Night Comes Clean
6. King of the Threshold
7. Let This River Flow
9. The Akuma Afterglow
10. Enter Dog Of Pavlov
11. Sweet Demise (Bonus Track)
• Extended Studio Footage
• High-Definition Drum Video
• Photo Gallery
Approx. 30 min. running time
Catch SOILWORK on theirNorth American headlining tour this Summer with San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends DEATH ANGEL! Joining them will be Quebec’s tech-death masters AUGURY, Roadrunner Records recording artists MUTINY WITHIN, and pirate themed thrashers SWASHBUCKLE.
SOILWORK and DEATH ANGEL have now added a special event VIP ticket for a pre-show meet-and-greet to take place one hour before doors. Each night, fans will get to meet and greet SOILWORK and DEATH ANGEL for a special event that is being offered. Fans will also receive a customized poster to get signed by both bands. These special VIP tickets are on sale now at EnterTheVault.com .
SOILWORK, DEATH ANGEL, AUGURY, MUTINY WITHIN, SWASHBUCKLE
07/14/10 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
07/15/10 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
07/16/10 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
07/17/10 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
07/18/10 FouFounes Electriques – Montreal, QC – CANADA
07/19/10 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
07/20/10 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
07/21/10 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
07/22/10 Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL
07/23/10 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI ç + THE CRINN
07/24/10 The Rock – Maplewood, MN ç + THE CRINN
07/27/10 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
07/28/10 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
07/29/10 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
07/30/10 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
07/31/10 The Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
08/01/10 Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
08/02/10 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
08/03/10 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
08/05/10 Emo’s – Austin, TX
08/06/10 Ridglea Theater – Ft. Worth, TX
08/07/10 The Warsaw – Houston, TX
08/08/10 The Parish – New Orleans, LA ç NO SOILWORK
08/09/10 The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL
08/10/10 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
08/11/10 Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY
08/12/10 Gil’s Bar and Grill – Virginia Beach, VA
08/13/10 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
08/14/10 Diesel Nightclub – Pittsburgh, PA
08/15/10 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
08/16/10 The Dagobert – Quebec City, QC – CANADA SOILWORK ONLY
08/17/10 Music Hall – London, ON – CANADA SOILWORK ONLY
08/18/10 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN SOILWORK ONLY
REVAMP, former After Forever singer Floor Jansen’s new band
Björn “Speed” Strid of Swedish modern metallers SOILWORK makes a guest appearance on the debut album by REVAMP, former After Forever singer Floor Jansen’s new band. REVAMP’s self-titled new album will be released in North America on July 27th.
Strid shares: “Actually, I have never met Floor in real life, but I do remember being impressed when I heard her voice the first time, though. She’s got balls. She had a certain song in mind [‘In Sickness ‘Till Death Do Us Part: Disdain’], sent me the music and a lyric sheet while I was in the studio with SOILWORK, and gave me a bit of guidance but also wanted me to improvise a bit. I spent a day working out my lines in a tower of the house we were renting in Mooresville, North Carolina also known as ‘The Genie Room.” Perfect. I recorded the vocals sometime in February while drinking some wine. With the intense verse and the open atmospheric chorus, it felt perfect as a duet! To me it’s about betrayal and being let down.”
States Jansen: “I am always inspired to write new music, but I must say that the end of After Forever and some personal changes in my life did give extra ingredients. Every song I heard could become a source of inspiration. Stories of others, movies or books, my personal relationships, everything mixed and melted into one and became an album. ‘Speed’ from SOILWORK brings another form of power to the album’s diversity with his screams/growl and clean voice. He masters so many different vocal sounds, just like me. Again, a lot of power together in one song. He gave ‘Disdain’ the energy and aggression it needed!”
Also performing guest vocals on Revamp is Russell Allen from SYMPHONY X and George Oosthoek from ORPHANAGE & PLEURISY.
The track listing for Revamp is:
01. Here’s My Hell – featuring George Oosthoek from ORPHANAGE & PLEURISY
02. Head Up High
03. Sweet Curse - featuring Russell Allen from SYMPHONY X
05. In Sickness ‘Till Death Do Us Part: All Goodbyes Are Said
07. In Sickness ‘Till Death Do Us Part: Disdain - featuring Björn “Speed” Strid from SOILWORK
08. In Sickness ‘Till Death Do Us Part: Disgraced
09. Fast Forward
10. Kill Me With Silence
11. The Trial Of Monsters
12. Under My Skin
13. I Lost Myself Bonus Track: No Honey For The Damned
The track “Head Up High” – the song from this record Floor Jansen would choose to put into an astronaut’s iPod at the International Space Station to represent all of humanity – is available for free download here (e-mail sign-up required). “It’s diverse, heavy, new, short and catchy, but still heavy and very metal.”
View Part 1 of an interview with Floor Jansen where she discusses her new band, REVAMP, here. Part 2 is available here.
The REVAMP team includes:
Floor Jansen: songwriter/singer
Joost van den Broek: songwriter/producer/arranger & studio keyboardist
Waldemar Sorychta: songwriter/producer/ studio guitarist and bass player
Koen Herfst: studio drummer
Jaap Melman: Live bass player
Ruben Wijga: Live keyboard player
Jord Otto: Live guitar player
Arjan Rijnen: Live guitar player
Matthias Landes: Live drummer
The Godfathers of Swedish modern metal, SOILWORK, will release a “Best Of” album entitled TheSledgehammer Files on June 30th via Marquee/Avalon Records in Japan. The band commented on the compilation to be released shortly before their latest full length record of new material, The Panic Broadcast:
“We’re proud and stoked to unleash the first ever official collection of classic SOILWORK tunes! The only way we could imagine our ‘Best Of’ album was as a complete chronological retrospective, and that’s exactly what The Sledgehammer Files is, from the raw ’n relentless Steelbath Suicide days to the modern majesty of Sworn To A Great Divide. We made sure to include the lyrics and cover art for each album, rare promo and live shots from each era, and a bonus DVD with most our official videos. Topped off with re-mastered songs from the first two albums and a new mix of ‘Exile’, this package is 100% SOILWORK!”
TheSledgehammer Files Tracklisting:
1. Sadistic Lullabye (remastered version)
2. Steelbath Suicide (remastered version)
3. The Chainheart Machine (remastered version)
4. Bulletbeast (remastered version)
5. Generation Speedkill (remastered version)
6. Bastard Chain
8. Grand Failure Anthem
9. Follow The Hollow
10. As We Speak
11. Black Star Deceiver
12. Rejection Role
13. Figure Number Five
14. Light The Torch
15. Stabbing The Drama
16. One With The Flies
18. Sworn To A Great Divide
19. Exile (Orchestral Mix) – previously unreleased version
The Godfathers of Swedish modern metal, SOILWORK have posted a trailer for the bonus DVD of their upcoming album “The Panic Broadcast”. The clip also contains a snippet of the bonus track “Sweet Demise” which be included on the limited digipack version of the album. View the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzVqtkP4DaM
For an introduction to what Bloodstock Open Air is all about, check out my preview of it here. Suffice it to say that BOA is the only proper UK outdoor metal festival that is devoted to true metal of all genres. This would be the first time I was making the trip up to the Midlands to cover this amazing festival.
Reaching there late Thursday night, we set up camp and went off to explore. BOA has one of the most random things I’d expect at a metal festival: a shisha tent! Armed with a 1.5 litre bottle of JD and two bongs of shisha, we spent the night there meeting weird and crazy people (Frida from Sweden, if you’re reading this, get in touch!). After a disgusting fry-up at the All-Day Breakfast bar, I went off to bed to catch some shut-eye before Friday’s bands. Good start to BOA!
Once again tens of thousands of lunatic metal freaks travelled from all over the world to the small German village located in the middle of the beautiful northern German countryside. The small peaceful Wacken literally goes upside down when nearly 80.000 conquer the village during one weekend in a year. Wacken Open Air celebrated its 19th birthday from the 31st of July to the 2nd of August, whose biggest headliner ever in the history of Wacken was Iron Maiden. Despite Iron Maiden being the biggest name on the bill, however there were tons of other interesting and fascinating names.
Brat: The mass convergence of catholic youth in Sydney for World Youth Day the week Ray and I left brought a smile to my face and a feeling of warmth as I realised it wouldn’t be long until I was part of a similar pilgrimage but to Hamburg Germany and with two major differences—where Sydney was awash with colourful youth, Hamburg would be invaded by a swarm of black; and the trolley suitcases carrying clothing would instead be trolleys full of beer; songs of the gospel would be replaced by metal anthems. They came to worship at the cross—we to worship at the flaming longhorn but we all would display our nations’ flags proudly.
Tickets for W:O:A 2008 sold phenomenally fast. The special edition X-mas pack with extra goodie bag sold out before I could take a long breath after my 2007 trip. By February the official festival ticket seller was “SOLD OUT”. Suddenly the ebay market was flooded with tickets with one ticket reaching a record price of 800 British Pounds—obscene. Even in July with less than 1 month before the festival, there was an average of 5 new listings a day for tickets, which nullified all “SOLD OUT” credibility. (Brat)
After leading the way in one of the most successful acts in the metal scene today from nothing to success, Peter decided to step away from the limelight to make a career as a producer. In addition, he wrote all the songs for the recently released OUT OF THE DARK album which featured singers from the Nuclear Blast family. Fortunately, Peter had some time to provide some insight into his new life and what he has been doing.
Interview & All Live Photos By Lord of The Wasteland; Promo Pics Courtesy of Roadrunner Records
Transcription By Claudia
Many readers’ first exposure to Dez Fafara may have been in the late nineties when he was fronting nu-metal band Coal Chamber but after that group disbanded in 2002, Fafara ventured out on his own with his new group, DevilDriver. On their just-released third album, THE LAST KIND WORDS, DevilDriver combine heavy grooves with dark lyrics and some impressive guitar melodies that have sprung up here and, to a lesser extent, on 2004’s THE FURY OF OUR MAKER’S HAND.
A few hours before the band was scheduled to hit the stage for the Hartford, Connecticut stop of Ozzfest 2007, I spoke to Fafara about THE LAST KIND WORDS, the merits of the Hammond B3 organ, turning forty, spirituality and kicking the ass of Venom singer, Cronos.
**Live Pics By Lord of The Wasteland; all others courtesy Soilwork.org
Helsingborg, Sweden?s Soilwork are among the most prolific and popular bands of the last few years. In their relatively short seven year existence, the band has released six albums under critical praise and made a name for themselves on North American shores with 2002?s NATURAL BORN CHAOS. Extensive touring and label support has exposed the band to many different audiences and the push is on for the latest Soilwork platter, STABBING THE DRAMA, to infiltrate the metal masses when it is released on March 8th.
A recent U.S. transplant, Soilwork guitarist/founder, Peter Wichers, called me to discuss the new CD, the band?s drummer problems and his thoughts on headlining their first American tour.