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Soilwork Interview Featured On SuicideGirls.com
March 10, 2009
SuicideGirls.com recently conducted an interview with Soilwork guitarist Peter Wichers, while on their current North American headlining tour with Darkane, Warbringer and Swallow The Sun. Among the topics discussed are Wichers’ return to the band he founded, Soilwork's new direction, his current musical tastes, and just where exactly he has a tattoo.

The following are excerpts from the interview:

SG: "You didn't play on Soilwork's last album, 'Sworn to a Great Divide'. I know you get this question a lot so, I'm not going to ask you what you thought of the album, but does Soilwork want to continue to go in that same direction musically with the next album?"

PW: "We talked about maybe taking a little bit of a different approach for the next record. Having me and Sylvain (lead/rhythm guitar) back in the band, I think that we're probably going to try to do stuff that might be a little more technical. We want to keep the element of the catchy chorus but at the same time maybe have bit more guitar solos than on 'Sworn to a Great Divide' and also let Dirk (drums) get more space on the record for drumming. That was one of the things I think that 'Sworn to a Great Divide' was lacking a little bit. It's a good record but I think that with such talented musicians the next album definitely needs to have more performance."

SG: "What influenced you to pick up guitar and what got you into metal specifically?"

PW: "I was forced at a very early age to take classical guitar on nylon and that was the end of me because I hated it and my parents had to chase me around town to force me to go to lessons. So, I lost interest in guitar for a while and then I wanted to play electric guitar. I picked that up when I was about 15. At that time it was Metallica and Guns 'n' Roses. I think the thing that really made me interested in metal was when I first heard Pantera's 'Cowboys from Hell'. That was it. I was completely sold. That is the very reason why I chose to go on the path of writing metal."

SG: "That's a great album!"

PW: "Yeah! It is great!"

SG: "What are some of your favorite metal bands now? And also some of your favorite non-metal bands?"

PW: "My favorite metal band right now would be Opeth. I think there last album 'Watershed' is a masterpiece. I don't possibly see how they can top that record for the next time. But it doesn't matter because that album is absolutely fantastic. I think it has so many different elements of music. It sounds crazy to say, but it's kind of "intelligent death metal" in my opinion because it's such a dynamic sound that I have never heard anyone else do."

SG: "I definitely agree."

PW: "So, non-metal albums huh? I don't know. I listen to a lot of different stuff. I actually like a lot of guitar music like Tony Rice, and Gary Douglas, a great dobro player. There is an insanely good dobro player from Nashville called Andy Hall I really like. I actually recently got into Stevie Ray Vaughan. I know that's kind of embarrassing to say that I just got into him, but I never really gave him a chance before. I really think that he is amazing. I recently bought some records of his and I'm really getting into them. It's not the most complicated stuff to play on guitar, but he just plays it with such convincing feeling and power. He was incredible and it was a big loss for the guitar world. He was a great singer too."

SG: "So, since this interview's for SuicideGirls, tell me about your first -- and I believe only -- tattoo."

PW: "Yeah. Well, Soilwork in the past a lot of tattoo artists come out on the tour and everyone had always bugged me, 'Why don't I get a tattoo?' So, I kind of got sick of it because I didn't really want one. I was kind of that guy who always found something I thought was really cool, so I would put it on my refrigerator door and if I didn't like it in a month than I probably wouldn't get it. So, finally I said, "Alright! I'll get a tattoo." So I told the tattoo guy, 'I want a mole on my ass!' So that's exactly what he did. It only took about two seconds. So now, whenever anybody asks, "Do you have a tattoo?" I say, 'Yeah I have a tattoo, but I probably won't show it to you."

SG: "That's still my favorite tattoo story of all time!"

PW: "There you go. Well, I'm glad I can do that.”

Read the full interview at the following location http://suicidegirls.com/interviews/Peter+Wichers%3A+Soilwork.
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Darkane Checks In From The Road
March 9, 2009
Darkane Guitarist Christofer Malmstrom has issued the following update:


Here’s Christofer with an update from the road! We are cruising towards San Francisco as I write this. Such beautiful sights outside the bus windows!!! The tour is still going very well for Darkane, although we’ve had some serious problems with illness and everybody except for [vocalist] Jens [Broman] is in a pretty bad shape right now. After [2nd guitarist] Klas [Ideberg] left us in Mokena we were joined by great guitar shredder Toby Knapp, but unfortunately he also got ill and had to leave the tour after nine shows. Thanks Toby, you did a great job!!! We have now decided to do this tour as a four piece unit, and it’s working out pretty well I must say.

We did 9 shows in snowy Canada, and the audience has been great all the way. We have played pretty weird places such as a campus and a roller skating rink, but wherever we’ve been, we’ve felt very welcome! Now we are looking forward to do the West Coast and get some warm air in our sore throats.

That’s it for now! Take care and if we haven’t met yet, go check the shows out! We have about three weeks left on this tour!"

Darkane are currently touring in support of their latest release, 'Demonic Art', which was released on February 10 via Nuclear Blast. For updates, tour dates and more, visit www.darkane.com or www.myspace.com/darkane.
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Darkane Debuts At #104 On Billboard Heatseekers
February 20, 2009
Swedish thrashers, Darkane's fifth studio album, 'Demonic Art', has sold over 640 copies according to Nielsen Soundscan in the first week of release and landed at #104 on the Billboard Heatseekers (Top New Artist) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. With over 240 digital sales of 'Demonic Art', the total number of albums sold during the first week of release registers over 880 copies.

Checking in from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania while on their current North American tour with Soilwork, Warbringer, and Swallow The Sun, Darkane guitarist Christofer Malmström responds to the positive news:

“We are very happy to have landed on the Billboard charts for the first time in our career! Thanks to everybody who has bought the album so far. This feels great and hopefully the huge North American tour that we are doing right now will make more people know about us. The tour has been very successful so far and we still have about 5 weeks left. If you haven’t bought the album yet, please go get it. Darkane is here to stay!”

According to Metal Edge’s March 2009 interview with Malmström, inspiration for his lyrical contributions to the album “came from a variety of sources. ‘Execution 44’ was inspired by a book about a woman living in a Polish concentration camp and what her life was like before she was executed. ‘Wrath Connection’ was inspired by a Dean R. Koontz novel in which a sane person and a serial killer can see into each other’s realities. ‘Still In Progress’ acknowledges that the band remembers its fans and is continuing its journey forward.”

To catch Darkane on tour as they trek through the U.S. and Canada, view current tour dates online at www.myspace.com/darkane & www.darkane.com.
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Warbringer Commence Recording Process
January 14, 2009
While earning a reputation as road warriors, the retro-thrashers known as Warbringer have spent the last two months at home working on new material that will comprise their second album. The five-piece are now prepared to enter the studio this month to record the follow-up to their debut offering, 'War Without End'.

Warbringer will be entering Sharkbite Studios (Machine Head, High On Fire) in Oakland January 19th with Exodus guitarist Gary Holt producing. The album will be mixed by Zack Ohren (All Shall Perish, Light This City, Braindrill) at Castle Ultimate.

Guitarist John Laux comments: “Since our last tour we've lead a very successful and creative campaign in the jam room collaborating on our next record. While staying true to our identity we have plenty of new tricks up our sleeves, including things we learned on the road, as well as showcasing [newest member] Nic Ritter’s explosive drumming. We’re thrilled to be tracking in the Bay Area and we couldn't be more confident with Gary Holt as our producer to help us bring our music to life in a recorded format. Besides being a legend in the thrash scene, Exodus have always managed to produce records with a killer punch regardless of dismal musical climates. Also, we think Zack’s experience in mixing and mastering will be excellent as he’s worked on a number of very LOUD and FAST records.”

Meanwhile Gary Holt had to this offer: "I am stoked to be producing the latest Warbringer record. I had a chance to hang out at rehearsal and listen to the new songs and their latest stuff is crushing! People will not be disappointed, that's a fact! The young guns are definitely stepping it up a notch or ten and it promises to be intense!"

Upon completion, the band will immediately hit U.S. stages beginning February 10th alongside headlining Swedish melodic thrash titans, Soilwork, as well as Darkane and Swallow the Sun, through the end of March leading straight into shows with Kreator, Exodus and Belphegor through May. The band will be playing over 100 North American shows to set up the new release while they continue to support their debut on what they’ve dubbed The Tour Without End.

Feel free to visit www.myspace.com/warbringer for more info and to view their complete touring itinerary.
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Soilwork Reveal 'Fan Voted' Set List For 2009 U.S. Tour
January 4, 2009
Swedish melodic thrash metal titans, Soilwork, have issued the following update via their Official Myspace blog:

"Finally, here are the results you've all been waiting for! Below you can discover the top 10 songs as selected by YOU during our exclusive setlist poll!!!

We will perform these songs every night on our upcoming North American Headlining Tour starting January 30th, 2009.

Of course we'll play many more than just these 10 tracks... The rest of our setlist will also be largely based on your votes, including your top picks off 'Sworn To A Great Divide'. Expect a couple of good surprises there!

Have a metallic 2009 and see you on the road!"

Soilwork will kick off their U.S. Headline run starting in late January. This will bring an end to the band's touring cycle in support of 'Sworn To A Great Divide'. Joining them for the tour are fellow Swedish thrashers Darkane, U.S. retro-thrashers Warbringer, and Finland's melodic doom/death metallers Swallow The Sun.

Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
01/30 - Penny Arcade – Rochester, NY
01/31 - Harpo’s Concert Theatre – Detroit, MI
02/02 - The Muse – Nashville, TN
02/03 - Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL
02/04 - The Garage – St. Petersburg, FL
02/05 - Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
02/06 - Backbooth – Orlando, FL
02/08 - Music Farm – Charleston, SC
02/09 - Amos Southend – Charlotte, NC
02/10 - Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
02/11 - The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
02/12 - The Palladium – Worcester, MA
02/13 - The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
02/14 - Crocodile Rock Café – Allentown, PA
02/15 - Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
02/16 - Fou Founes Electriques – Montreal, QC– CANADA
02/17 - The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
02/18 - Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
02/19 - Peabody’s Down Under – Cleveland, OH
02/20 - Pop’s – Sauget, IL
02/21 - The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
02/22 - The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
02/23 - Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
02/24 - Royal Albert Arms – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
02/25 - The Riddell (at University of Regina) – Regina, SK – CANADA
02/26 - The Warehouse – Calgary, AB – CANADA
02/27 - Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
02/28 - Sound Entertainment Soundstage – Prince George, BC – CANADA
03/01 - Pizza Club – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
03/02 - Sugar – Victoria, BC – CANADA
03/03 - El Corazon – Seattle, WA
03/04 - Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
03/05 - Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
03/06 - The Dome – Bakersfield, CA
03/07 - The Jumping Turtle – San Marcos, CA
03/08 - The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
03/10 - Gator’s – Farmington, NM
03/11 - Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
03/12 - The Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO
03/13 - Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
03/14 - Scout Bar – San Antonio, TX
03/15 - Lola’s – Ft. Worth, TX
03/16 - Scout Bar – Houston, TX
03/18 - Uncle Pleasants – Louisville, KY
03/19 - Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
03/20 - Hooligans Music Hall – Jacksonville, NC
03/21 - Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
03/22 - Sonar – Baltimore, MD
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HOME TOWN: Helsingborg, Sweden
Jens Broman - Vocals
Christofer Malmstrm - Guitar
Klas Ideberg - Guitar
Jrgen Lfberg - Bass
Peter Wildoer - Drums

DARKANE rose out of the ashes of Agretator, an ill-fated yet talented band giving Watchtower (of course you remember them!) a run for their money. When Agretator became history, drummer Peter Wildoer and guitarist Christofer Malmstrm teamed up with fellow six stringer Klas Ideberg and bass player Jrgen Lfberg. This new outfit immediately began to crystallize a more aggressive, straight-forward sound, both technical and brutal. The combination of Peter Wildoer's unique drumming style and a steady flood-wave of blistering guitar work created an eerie feeling that can only be described as... Darkane!

After the addition of singer Andreas Sydow (who replaced Lawrence Mackrory who sang on the debut "Rusted Angel" - an hyper-fast, technical Thrash opus!) the band released two other mind-boggling albums: "Insanity" (the name says it all!) and "Expanding Senses". Never before you heard such a unique mixture of technique, brutality, wickedness and musicality.

Now, after three years of silence, it is finally time to get loud again! "Layers Of Lies" will crush the ears of every listener. DARKANE manages to combine the attitude of "Rusted Angel" with the progress of "Expanding Senses" creating a powerful masterpiece in dynamic, technically oriented heavy Thrash Metal with more rage and fury than any Death Metal band. Every song is a blast, each has its own special appeal with the title track highlighting an hunting chorus.

"Layers Of Lies" is the fourth chapter in DARKANE's history and this time the band felt confident enough to produce the album all by themselves. The result speaks for itself - the sound crushes everything away and fits perfect with DARKANE in the year 2005! Be prepared when the Thrashtank "Layers Of Lies" knocks you out!