Soilwork Writing New Album

It looks like Soilwork have been writing for their new album lately. The band confirmed the news in the below Instagram post, which says Bastian Thusgaard is currently working on the drum parts for the effort:

[via The PRP]


Soilwork Recruit Bassist Taylor Nordberg For Upcoming Tour

Soilwork will be heading out on tour with Taylor Nordberg once again. He previously filled in for bassist Markus Wibom earlier in the year as well. The band made the following post:

Tour Dates:

11/10 Malmo, SWE – KB ( with The Unguided and Chronus)
11/11 Gothenburg, SWE – Brewhouse ( with The Unguided and Chronus)
11/12 Oslo, NOR – John Dee ( with The Unguided and Chronus)
11/13 Linkoping, SWE – The Crypt ( with The Unguided and Chronus)
11/14 Uppsala, SWE – Katalin ( with The Unguided and Chronus)
11/16 Joensuu, FIN – Kerubi (with Ikina and Chronus)
11/17 Jyvaskyla, FL – Lutakko (with Ikina and Chronus)
11/18 Helsinki, FIN – Tavastia (with Ikina and Chronus)

Soilwork Officially Welcome Drummer Bastian Thusgaard To The Band

Soilwork have welcomed Bastian Thusgaard to the band as their new drummer. Thusgaard has been performing with the band for 10 months, but his position has now been made official.

Soilwork commented:

“We are super stoked to announce Bastian Thusgaard as our permanent drummer. He’s been touring with us for quite a while and has been nothing short of amazing to work with, both on a musical level and on a personal level. Taking over after Dirk must have been pretty hard, but he has proven, time and time again, through our tours through North America, South America and Europe, that he is the perfect man for the job.

Bastian is only 25 years old and already possesses such great groove and fantastic technique. We can’t wait to see, how his ability will take us to the next level while we write our next album. It will be a beast, there’s no doubt about it. We have so much left to say musically and Bastian will be the perfect drummer, to help the band evolve on our constant musical journey. Give Bastian a warm welcome everyone!”

Thusgaard also added:

“First and foremost, I would like to thank Björn, Sven, David, Sylvain, Markus and everyone else involved in the Soilwork team for their very warm welcome. I want to thank Dirk for his guidance, support and ability to inspire young drummers like myself, to put in the hours needed in order to make it to this level.

He is the reason that I’ve had my life’s best musical experiences during these past ten months. To the fans that I’ve already met around the world and all the wonderful people surrounding me, thank you for your great support and positive feedback. It has truly been overwhelming.

I am truly honoured to be given the opportunity to continuously work with Soilwork, a band that I grew up listening to and one of the key elements of my musical education. I am 100% committed to Soilwork and am looking forward to create music with my childhood heroes and to see what the future will bring. See you all on the road.”

Soilwork Recruit Bassist Taylor Nordberg For Upcoming European/UK Tour

Soilwork have recruited Taylor Nordberg (Infernaeon, etc.) to play bass on their upcoming European/UK tour with Kreator, Sepultura and Aborted. The band have yet to comment on why bassist Markus Wibom is missing the tour. Nordberg said the following:

“Well I’m beyond excited to announce I will be playing bass for Soilwork on their upcoming (and my first ever!) European tour!!! We will be shredding the stage along with Aborted, Sepultura, and Kreator. LET’S DO THIS!!!!
#soilwork #kreator #sepultura #aborted #ernieball #dimarzio #jacksonguitars #klotzcables”


Soilwork Announce 2016 North American Tour With Unearth, Wovenwar, Battlecross, & Darkness Divided

Soilwork have announced a North American headlining tour. The band will also be joined by special guests Unearth, Wovenwar, Battlecross, and Darkness Divided.


Tour Dates:

10/14 Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall
10/15 Stanhope, NJ – Stanhope House
10/16 Virginia Beach, VA – Shakas
10/17 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
10/18 Atlanta, GA – The Loft
10/20 Fort Worth, TX – The Rail Club
10/21 San Leon, TX – 18th Street Pier Bar and Grill
10/22 Austin, TX – Empire Control Room
10/24 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
10/26 Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
10/27 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
10/29 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
10/30 Spokane, WA – The Pin
11/01 Jerome, ID – Diamondz Event Center
11/02 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Bar
11/03 Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
11/05 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
11/06Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub & Billiards
11/7 Kent, OH – The Outpost
11/9 Ringle, WI – Q and Z Expo Center
11/10 Arlington Heights, IL – Home Bar
11/11 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
11/12 Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
11/13 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
11/15 Ottawa, ON – The Brass Monkey
11/16 Toronto, ON – Rockpile West

Soilwork Comment On Dirk Verbeuren’s Departure From The Band

Soilwork have issued an official statement regarding Dirk Verbeuren‘s departure from the group. Verbeuren exited the band so he can join Megadeth as their permanent drummer.


Bjorn “Speed” Strid said the following:

“In regards to the statement Megadeth released yesterday, confirming that Dirk will join them as their full time drummer, I just want to take the time to wish Dirk good luck on this new venture and thank him for 12 great years together. Together we have created a beast of a band and have pushed the limits musically further than we ever could have imagined.”

“In the recent years Soilwork have found new ways of expressing ourselves and as much as of a cliché it is, I strongly believe that this is very much of a new era for us and that we still have so much left to say, whether it being with or without Dirk. This band has grown to be quite a metal collective and an institution that paves the way creatively and we hope that you, the fans, can feel the presence and the heart in our music still to this day.

Believe me, it’s there. I can assure that you will forever get 100% Soilwork, as long as we release albums. We aim to surprise ourselves and the listeners by constantly developing our sound and songwriting, something I believe we have succeeded in doing and yet remained true to our roots. That is something to be proud of and we are. We appreciate all our loyal fans and are excited that so many of you share our musical vision.

Meanwhile, I’m sure many of you have seen us at a festival in Europe this summer with our friend, Bastian Thusgaard filling in on drums and I’m sure we can all agree on what a monster he is. Thank you Bastian, you are absolutely killing it. Check out the remaining festival dates and come see us. We’ll be there. Thank you.”

Verbeuren himself also commented:

“They say the biggest decisions in life are the hardest to make. This decision falls under that category. As a drummer I’ve always enjoyed the evolution of my path. The past twelve years with Soilwork have been incredible, a portion of my life I honor with pride. When I was approached to join Megadeth– a childhood dream come true and something I never anticipated- I was beyond excited to even consider the realm of possibility. But truth be told, I couldn’t have rightfully made this step without the support and blessing of my Soilwork family.

For that I owe a huge thank you to Bjorn, Sven, David, Sylvain and Markus. You have allowed me to see what lies ahead, and you’re my brothers in metal. Chris Adler, thank you for introducing me to Megadeth and for your encouragement and support. Dave, David and Kiko, I’m thankful for your warm welcome and thrilled to perform and create badass music with you guys. To the fans, this is a new chapter for us; I hope we can enjoy this ride together!”

Soilwork Stream Rarity Track “These Absent Eyes”

Soilwork are streaming a rarity track titled “These Absent Eyes.” This song was originally only available in Japan, and it will appear on the band’s new rarities collection, “Death Resonance,” which will be released on August 19.

Bjorn “Speed” Strid said the following:

“The song was originally released on the Japan-only EP Beyond The Infinite which featured more songs from the recordings sessions for the band’s globally praised double album The Living Infinite.

“‘Beyond The Infinite consists of some special, quite experimental songs. They might have been cut out from the original album but have a unique charm to them. It wasn’t easy to pick the final track list for ‘The Living Infinite‘. It was never obvious which songs wouldn’t make it.

The writing and recording was highly experimental and playful in general, and it was through this album that we rediscovered ourselves as songwriters, with a new and improved line-up which brought – and will bring – so many interesting things to the table. Originally only released in Japan, it is with great pleasure that we finally share those special songs with you all. Enjoy!”