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Soilwork is a Swedish melodic death metal band formed in late 1995, originally under the name of Inferior Breed. In 1996, they changed their name to Soilwork, to better fit their new sound. Their unique sound is a fusion of the classic Gothenburg metal sound with power-groove riffs of late 1970s, early 1980s British and European metal. Their more 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 fellow Gothenburg melodic death metal band, In Flames.
In late 2005, guitarist Peter Wichers left the band due to tour exhaustion and other personal issues. Peter will now do 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 Peter Wichers was a very important member of the band and has a style of guitar-playing that many believe cannot b...
|years active||1996 - present|
|music genre||Melodic death metal|
|current members|| Björn "Speed" Strid|