Soilwork’s Björn “Speed” Strid Guests On New Thor Song “Niflhel (Realm Of The Dead)“

Björn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra) is featured on a new Thor song titled “Niflhel (Realm Of The Dead).“ That track is from Thor‘s new album “Alliance,“ which will be released on July 16.

Gizmachi Premiere “Turned To Dust” Video

Gizmachi have premiered a new video for their song “Turned To Dust.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Omega Kaleid.“ Notably, that effort features Björn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork) on vocals. Guitarist Jay Hannon commented:

“‘Turned To Dust‘ was written when Gizmachi‘s future was pretty much up in the air. We’d always written our music with the four of us together in the same room, but Mike and I summoned our inner Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson and wrote this song with a drum machine in my old bedroom studio. I think it has a different vibe from the rest of the record because of that. Every time we wrote a drum part, we would ask each other, ‘What would Jimmie do (W.W.J.D.)?’ And once Jimmie got a hold of the song, it instantly sounded like Gizmachi.”

[via Revolver]

At the Movies (Soilwork, Hammerfall, Etc.) Cover Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven Is A Place On Earth”

At The Movies have shared a quarantine cover of Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven Is A Place On Earth” from the 1997 movie “Romy And Michele’s High School Reunion.” You can check that out below. For those unaware, the band features the following musicians: Björn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra), Chris Laney (Randy Piper’s Animal, Zan Clan), Allan Sørensen (Royal Hunt, Pretty Maids), Morten Sandager (Mercenary, Pretty Maids), Pontus Egberg (King Diamond), Pontus Norgren (Hammerfall), and Linnéa Vikström Egg (QFT, Therion).

Gizmachi Premiere “Look What I’ve Become” Video

Gizmachi have premiered a new video for their song “Look What I’ve Become.” This track features Larry Mitchell (Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier) and it will appear on the band’s new album “Omega Kaleid.“ That effort will be released on March 12 and it will feature Björn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork) on vocals. Drummer Jimmie Hatcher commented:

“My intent with the video was to tell an open-ended story, which allows people to formulate their own opinion. I think it came out pretty cool.”

[via MetalSucks]

Amorphis Guitarist Esa Holopainen Recruits Soilwork, Katatonia, Leprous, Etc. Members For Debut Silver Lake Album

Amorphis guitarist Esa Holopainen has revealed the details for the debut album from his solo project Silver Lake. The self-titled effort will be released on May 28 and it will feature members of Soilwork, Katatonia, Leprous, and more.

“Silver Lake” Track Listing:

01. “Silver Lake” (instrumental)
02. “Sentiment” (feat. Jonas Renkse of Katatonia)
03. “Storm” (feat. Håkan Hemlin of Nordman)
04. “Ray Of Light” (feat. Einar Solberg of Leprous)
05. “Alkusointu” (feat. Vesa-Matti Loiri)
06. “In Her Solitude” (feat. Tomi Joutsen of Amorphis)
07. “Promising Sun” (feat. Björn ‘Speed’ Strid of Soilwork / The Night Flight Orchestra)
08. “Fading Moon” (feat. Anneke Van Giersbergen)
09. “Apprentice” (feat. Jonas Renkse of Katatonia)

Holopainen commented:

“At first, I really didn’t know if the album would turn out to be purely instrumental or would there be vocalists as well. However, one thing was certain, I wouldn’t be the singer of Silver Lake. Many times, when people think about a guitarist’s solo album, they get the impression of technical stuff with a huge amounts of notes played extremely fast. Well, I‘m not a big fan of that kind of music. Whenever I write, I always want to pile up interesting songs, and not just shred for the sake of it.”

Gizmachi Premiere New Song “Look What I’ve Become”

Gizmachi have premiered a new song titled “Look What I’ve Become.” This track features Larry Mitchell (Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier) and it will appear on the band’s new album “Omega Kaleid.“ That effort will be released on March 12 and it will feature Björn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork) on vocals. The group commented:

“‘Look What I’ve Become‘ was the first song Bjorn sent back to us. As soon as the four of us heard his voice with our music, we knew this record was going to be special.”

At the Movies (Soilwork, Hammerfall, Etc.) Cover Boy Meets Girl’s “Waiting For A Star To Fall”

At The Movies have shared a quarantine cover of Boy Meets Girl’s “Waiting For A Star To Fall” from “Three Men And A Little Lady.” You can check that out below. For those unaware, the band features the following musicians: Björn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra), Chris Laney (Randy Piper’s Animal, Zan Clan), Allan Sørensen (Royal Hunt, Pretty Maids), Morten Sandager (Mercenary, Pretty Maids), Pontus Egberg (King Diamond), Pontus Norgren (Hammerfall), and Linnéa Vikström Egg (QFT, Therion).

Gizmachi Recruit Soilwork’s Björn “Speed” Strid For New Album “Omega Kaleid”

Gizmachi have officially announced their new album “Omega Kaleid.” The effort will be released on March 12 and it will feature vocals from Björn “Speed” Strid. The Soilwork frontman said the following about teaming up with the band:

“Being a part of the new Gizmachi record was one of the most challenging adventures I’ve experienced. I can honestly say that I’ve grown as a metal singer since recording these vocals.”

“Omega Kaleid” Track Listing:

01. “Winter”
02. “Paradox”
03. “Broken Ends”
04. “Turned To Dust”
05. “Sky”
06. “Inner Visions”
07. “Shattered Dream”
08. “Look What I’ve Become”
09. “Trick My Soul”
10. “New Day (Everything to Lose)”
11. “Omega Kaleid”

The album’s first single, “Broken Ends,” can be streamed below:

Act Of Denial (Soilwork, Testament, Etc.) Premiere New Song “Puzzle Heart”

Bjorn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork, etc.), Voi Cox (Koziak, Victim), Luger (Benighted, Koziak), Steve DiGiorgio (Testament), Kerim “Krimh” Lechner (Septicflesh), and John Lönnmyr (The Night Flight Orchestra) have joined forces in a new project called Act Of Denial. The band are currently working on a new album, titled “Negative,” and their first single, “Puzzle Heart,” can be found below:

Voi and Luger commented:

“This is now just a continuation of what we have been doing all our lives and only now in our ‘older age’ we have done something serious. Of course when it comes to music, at least for us, we wanted to record an album with some of the best musicians in metal music and the ones that we listened to when we were kids.

We are not saying that this is something special what we are doing, but this means a lot to us and basically we are doing this for ourselves and our closest friends first but also for all the metal fans around the world who we hope are going to like our new music. Anybody can do it nowadays and we will support everyone no matter what.

If there wasn’t this COVID pandemic this would have never happened since all of these guys would have been on tour or busy with their own bands. We were playing our whole lives together and we don’t wanna say that the bands we played in before were not good or were good let music fans decide and let our music speak for itself but now this is a completely different story.

When you are getting older you get a better understanding about everything including music and here we are today playing with people who we listen to basically our whole lives.”

Arch Enemy, Trivium, Etc. Members Contribute Vocals To “Metal: Hellsinger” Video Game

Arch Enemy‘s Alissa White-Gluz, Trivium‘s Matt Heafy, Dark Tranquillity‘s Mikael Stanne, and Soilwork‘s Björn “Speed” Strid have contributed vocals to a new video game called “Metal: Hellsinger.” The rhythm shooter, which is being developed by The Outsiders, is expected to be released next year on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, and PC.