Swedish metallers SOILWORK have set “The Panic Broadcast” as the title of their new album, due later in the year via Nuclear Blast Records.
Commented vocalist Björn “Speed” Strid: “I’m so stoked about his record, and I feel it’s gonna be quite a challenge for everyone in the band.
“So how does it sound? Here’s my personal take: to use an old cliche, it’s bigger than life! Seriously, if any of you missed some of the intricate riffing that makes SOILWORK so unique, you won’t be disappointed. I find these songs very playful and because we’re not cutting down on anything — no ‘too much information,’ no ‘less is more’ — they’re just pure musical joy with no boundaries. And THAT, to me, is what this band is all about! Of course, there’ll be some surprises as always, and giving every one of us the freedom to go apeshit will without a doubt yield a heavy-as-fuck and naturally catchy album.
“More solos? Check. Insane riffing? Check. Melodic vocals? Screamy vocals? Progressive keyboards? Best metal drummer in the world? Will Flink dance while recording his bass tracks as if it were nothing? Check!!!
The drums for “The Panic Broadcast” will be recorded at Echo Mountain in Asheville, North Carolina starting this Saturday while the rest of the recording is set to take place in Tampa, Florida and the mix at Fascination Street in Örebro, Sweden. The long-awaited follow-up to 2007’s “Sworn To A Great Divide” will be produced by guitarist Peter Wichers and mixed by Jens Bogren (OPETH, KATATONIA, PARADISE LOST, BLOODBATH).
SOILWORK’s new album will be the first to feature Wichers since his return to the band in 2008, as well as the studio debut with guitarist Sylvain Coudret (SCARVE), who also joined in 2008.
Wichers sat out some of the band’s festival shows in Europe last June because he and his wife were expecting a little baby boy. His temporary replacement for the Sweden Rock and Sauna Open Air festivals was David Andersson.
In an interview with SuicideGirls.com, Wichers spoke about what direction the band might take musically with its next album. “We talked about maybe taking a little bit of a different approach for the next record,” he said. “Having me and Sylvain 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 [Verbeuren, 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.”