Wednesday, June 17, 2015

SOILWORK - welcome new bassist Markus Wibom, formerly of HEARTS ALIVE

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Sweden-based Melodic Death Metal experts SOILWORK will release their forthcoming 10th studio album, »The Ride Majestic«, worldwide on August 28, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. »The Ride Majestic« will be available in various formats (CD, Vinyl, TS/CD bundle).
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As of this new album cycle, SOILWORK is joined by new bassist Markus Wibom, formerly of Helsingborg hardcore group HEARTS ALIVE. Wibom replaces longtime band member Ola Flink, who has amicably left the group to focus on other endeavors. Wibom has been a personal friend of the band for many years and has previously toured with SOILWORK as a guitar tech and lighting designer. Wibom made his live debut with SOILWORK in Stockholm on April 30.

SOILWORK vocalist Bjorn “Speed” Strid states:
“We all sooner or later come to a crossroad in our lives, when our focus of being fueled by the past, is just as strong as our visions of the future and we have to make that incredibly hard decision. Where do I go now? Flink will forever be a symbol for SOILWORK and of all we were and still are about. That being said, we all could sense that he eventually would come to the above mentioned crossroad. He understandably and respectfully chose to step down.

So, where do we go now? Let me introduce you to one of the finest and most stand up people I know: Markus Wibom. He's been a long-time friend and is an overall multi-instrumental amazing musician. He's been with us before on past world tours. He's also an amazing character and I couldn't think of a better person to fill Flink's shoes, which indeed are very big… literally (Markus’ shoe size is actually even bigger, if anybody wants to know). Anyway, as much as I will miss Flink, I'm just as excited to tour the world with one of my absolute best friends. Thank you Flink, you will forever rule. Thank you, Markus, for taking this on. I know you will blow people's minds, once the world tour of »The Ride Majestic« commences. Please give Markus a very warm welcome everyone!”

Wibom adds:
“It's a great honor and a true pleasure to play with such skilled musicians and amazing people! It's going to be awesome to share the stage with those guys after all these years on the road together, and with the new record coming up - it absolutely kills!”

Catch Wibom out on tour with SOILWORK on their upcoming European headline tour, dubbed the “The Tour Majestic“, with support from HATESPHERE. The European dates will follow SOILWORK’s upcoming US tour with SOULFLY, DECAPITATED and SHATTERED SUN, in addition to several European summer festival dates coming up soon.

SOILWORK is also pleased to announce that they have already been confirmed for next year’s Bangalore Open Air Festival in Bangalore, India. The band will perform on July 9, 2016. Visit for more info.

SOILWORK tour dates 2015:
25.07.    D             Essen                                                                   - NORD Open Air
30.07.    H             Budapest                                                           - Fezen Fest
01.08.    S             Bollnas                                                                - Karlslundsfestivalen
07.08.    FIN         Mikkeli                                                                - Jurassic Rock Fest
21.08.    CH          Meyrin                                                                - Octopode Festival
18.09.    D             Berlin                                                                   - Metal Hammer Awards @ Kesselhaus

27.11.  S               Malmö                                                                - KB
28.11.  D              Herford                                                               - X-Herford
29.11.  CH            Lyss                                                                      - Kufa
30.11.  CH            Sion                                                                      - Port Franc
01.12.    I              Brescia                                                               - Colony Club
02.12.  D              Munich                                                               - Backstage Halle
03.12.  D              Wiesbaden                                                       - Schlachthof
04.12   D               Leipzig                                                                 - Hellraiser
05.12.  CZ            Pilsen                                                                   - Winter Basinfire Fest
06.12.  D              Berlin                                                                   - Bi Nuu
07.12.  D              Hamburg                                                            - Logo
08.12.  D              Köln                                                                      - Luxor
10.12.  NL            Tilburg                                                                 - 013
11.12.  B               Vosselaar                                                           - Biebob
12.12.  F               Metz                                                                   - Trinitaires
13.12.  F               Dunkerque                                                       - 4 Ecluses
14.12.  F               Paris                                                                     - Trabendo
15.12.  F               Rennes                                                               - Antipode
16.12.  F               Bordeaux                                                           - Rocher De Palmer
17.12.  F               Blois                                                                     - Chato‘do
18.12.  F               Limoges                                                             - CC John Lennon
19.12.  F               Lyon                                                                     - CCO

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