SOILWORK is a band that has been through a lot. They has been around, in one form or another, for twenty years now. Some people say that they haven’t made anything worth listening to after »Steelbath Suicide«. Some have only heard Stabbing The Drama. Some think The Living Infinite was quite epic. It’s all good. At this point in a band’s career, you can either choose the nostalgia route, playing old albums in their entirety, because that makes an easy package for promoters to sell. And the music industry is a lot about selling these days. You can also choose to ignore reality, and do what you really want to do, and try to evolve and create something new and different. Because that’s the reason you started doing this in the first place, right?
Verkligheten is the Swedish word for reality, the entity that we’re all trying to escape from. Verkligheten is SOILWORK‘s new album, an attempt from the band to try and go somewhere else, to express all those things that are born in between hypnagogic states and frenzies of hyperrealism. Verkligheten is the otherworldliness of Swedish suburban anxiety, accompanied by blast-beats and slide guitars.
Sonic Perspectives‘ own author and interviewer Austin Kokel had the pleasure of sitting down with SOILWORK ‘s frontman Björn “Speed” Strid and they took some time to talk about their upcoming record. Take a listen below and remember to subscribe to our Podcast in several platforms to listen and be notified about new interviews and contents we publish on daily basis.