Soilwork is a Melodic Death Metal
/ Alternative Metal
band from Sweden. They started off as a straight melodeath act, but they had started incorporating Alternative Metal
elements starting with their fourth album, and increased them overtime while still keeping a melodic death metal edge. They are considered one of the most important acts in melodic death metal, particularly in the Swedish scene. Their sound change led to a Broken Base
, with many feeling that they simplified their sound and sold out. Despite this, most metal fans respect the band and don't seem to care, as their songwriting has been praised by many. They are led by vocalist Bjorn 'Speed' Strid and were also led by guitarist Peter Wichers until he left in June 2012. The band is also known for being an influence to metalcore
, to the point where some have even considered them part of the genre, although their unique sound has for the most part kept them from avoiding the label, at least negatively. They have released 9 albums to date.Discography:
- Steelbath Suicide (1998)
- The Chainheart Machine (2000)
- A Predator's Portrait (2001) (their first album to include clean vocals)
- Natural Born Chaos (2002) (this is when their sound began to become a hybrid with Alternative Metal)
- Figure Number Five (2003)
- Stabbing the Drama (2005)
- Sworn to a Great Divide (2007)
- The Panic Broadcast (2010)
- The Living Infinite (2013)
Soilwork provides examples of:
- Affectionate Parody: The video for "Rejection Role" features the band as rivals of In Flames. In real life, the members of both bands are friends.
- Alternative Metal
- The Big Guy: Speed stands at 6'5'.
- But Not Too Foreign: Despite Speed's unusual given name and Swedish origins, he literally has a completely American accent.
- Celebrity Resemblance: Speed looks like he could be related to Billy Corgan.
- Development Hell: Averted. The most time they've ever taken to release a new album is 3 years.
- Genre Shift: From Melodic Death Metal to a hybrid of that and Alternative Metal.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Speed has been heard doing clean vocals for the band Disarmonia Mundi as a part-time member. He has also appeared on Kamelot's 'The Great Pandemonium', Demon Hunter's 'Collapsing', Mercenary's 'Redefine Me', Destruction's 'The Alliance of Hellhoundz', and Motionless in White's 'Puppets 2 (The Rain)'. He is also in a classic rock supergroup with members of Arch Enemy called The Night Flight Orchestra.
- Dirk Verbeuren also falls into this category due to his status as an in-demand live and session drummer.
- Melodic Death Metal
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Their songs are usually an 8 or a hard 7, with the exception of their first two albums, which are a 9, and their third album, which is a hard 8. The Living Infinite returns to mostly 9 songs.
- Name's the Same: Mattias Nilsson, the guy who remastered The Chainheart Machine in 2009, shares his name with one of the playable characters in Mercenaries.
- New Sound Album: Their first two albums were straight-up Melodic Death Metal. A Predator's Portrait, while still a melodeath album, was their first album with clean singing incorporated. Natural Born Chaos was when they started to incorporate Alternative Metal elements into their melodic death metal music. Figure Number Five was their evolution into a straight hybrid of the two genres.
- Soprano and Gravel:
- Speed alternates between clean singing and fairly comprehensible shouts. He's more than capable of the usual Death Metal growl, but he is rarely heard using it except on a few select songs, most notably on another artist's song (see Hey, It's That Guy! above).
- Their cover of "Burn" features female guest vocals while Speed is on full shout mode.
- Three Chords and the Truth: A lot of their riffs are fairly simple to follow.
- Trope Codifier: One for Gothenburg melodeath, along with In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, and At The Gates.
- Word Salad Lyrics: A lot of their songs.