Swedish metal band SOILWORK plan to release a special collection of rarities under the title “Death Resonance” on August 19, via Nuclear Blast.
The band has released “Helsinki” — one of the two brand new songs featured the upcoming release — with a new lyric video created by well-known videographer Tommy Antonini.
“Death. It’s a word that might be used too often, but it can still be interpreted in a myriad different ways,” said guitarist David Andersson. “It’s not just the soma being deprived of its life-force; it’s also the end of infinity, the birth of new possibilities and the acceptance of inevitable change. This song was written soon after the recording of our live album in Finland, making new friends and making sure that the old ones stay with us forever, despite the fact that everything is finite.”
Singer Björn ‘Speed’ Strid had this to say: “The cover for ‘Death Resonance’ is made by Mircea Eftemie and in many ways he has managed to capture what we went through while recording ‘The Ride Majestic’: the sorrow, the close encounter with death, the aftermath and also the existential cogitation that came with it. It links those albums together, even though ‘Death Resonance’ contains unreleased material from 2005 onwards. The cover almost seems like a link between life and death and not only captures where the band is right now, but also where we’ve been and what lies ahead.”
SOILWORK’s tenth studio album, “The Ride Majestic”, was released worldwide on August 28, 2015 via Nuclear Blast.
The band’s drummer, Dirk Verbeuren, is currently touring with MEGADETH while Chris Adler is busy on the road with LAMB OF GOD.
While Verbeuren is playing with MEGADETH, his seat in SOILWORK is being occupied by Bastian Thusgaard of THE ARCANE ORDER.
Joining SOILWORK on tour in support of “The Ride Majestic” is new bassist Markus Wibom, formerly of Helsingborg hardcore group HEARTS ALIVE. Wibom replaced longtime bandmember Ola Flink, who amicably left the group to focus on other endeavors. Wibom had been a personal friend of the band for many years and previously toured with SOILWORK as a guitar tech and lighting designer.
The cover art for “Death Resonance” was created by MNEMIC guitarist Mircea Gabriel Eftemie (VOLBEAT, CARCASS, SCAR SYMMETRY, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD).
Death Resonance track listing:
“Helsinki” (new song)
“Death Resonance” (new song)
“The End Begins Below The Surface” (The Ride Majestic Japan bonus track)
“My Nerves, Your Everyday Tool” (Beyond The Inifite Japan-only EP)
“These Absent Eyes” (Beyond The Inifite Japan-only EP)
“Resisting The Current” (Beyond The Inifite Japan-only EP)
“When Sound Collides” (Beyond The Inifite Japan-only EP)
“Forever Lost In Vain” (Beyond The Inifite Japan-only EP)
“Sweet Demise” (The Panic Broadcast Japan bonus track)
“Sadistic Lullabye” (re-recorded, The Panic Broadcast Japan bonus track)
“Overclocked” (2016 mix, Sworn A Great Divide Japan bonus track)
“Martyr” (2016 mix, Sworn A Great Divide Japan bonus track)
“Sovereign” (2016 mix, Sworn A Great Divide Japan bonus track)
“Wherever Thorns May Grow” (2016 mix, Stabbing The Drama Japan bonus track)
“Killed By Ignition” (2016 mix, Stabbing The Drama Japan bonus track)
Cover photo SOILWORK press photo, credit: Hannah Verbeuren Photography