Relapse Records has announce the signing of Sweden's COLDWORKER.

COLDWORKER features former NASUM drummer Anders Jakobson and includes guitarists Anders Baerilsson and Andre Alvinzi, bassist Oskar Palsson, and vocalist Joel Fornbrant. The band, formed by Jakobson in January, has been hard at work on their debut album, "The Contaminated Void".

On the development of "The Contaminated Void", which contains the band's first songs, Jakobson says, "This is probably the fastest first album ever made! I mean we've gone from not knowing each other to having a mastered copy of our first full-length recording in our hands in approximately five months." Fornbrant adds: "I hope people will get a good feeling of spontaneity listening to the album."

"The reason everything came together so quickly," Jakobson continues, "is because all the members are deeply involved in the songwriting process. It sort of clicked from the first rehearsal in February and we've surfed on that creative wave ever since, sacrificing lots of hours in the rehearsal room. We came out with something that was both fast and furious but also heavy and a little bit technical. Playing these songs has been something of a challenge for me as the style is completely different from what I've done before. I can't wait to share these songs with the world!"

"The Contaminated Void" was recorded by the band this past June and mixed by Dan Swanö. Advance songtitles include "The Interloper", "An Unforgiving Season", "The Contaminated Void", "Return To Ashes", "Strain At The Leash", "Flammable", "Antidote", "Heart Shaped Violence" and "Generations Decay". "The Contaminated Void" is expected to see a European release this fall, followed by a North American release in early 2007. A three-minute audio sampling of "The Contaminated Void" can be heard here.

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