SOILWORK Frontman Checks In From Glasgow

Vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid of the Swedish metallers SOILWORK has issued the following update:

"As you might know, we're currently out on tour in Europe. I'm writing to you from Glasgow, Scotland. The rain has been just as unstoppable as the beer drinking on the tour bus, but today the sun is actually shining and everybody is in a great mood!

"We're now ten days into this European trek and things are going smoothly. [Guitarists] Peter [Wichers] and Sylvain [Coudret] are tearing it up; I'm telling you people, they're a murderous guitar duo! Just you wait and see!!! Crowds have been great as well, noisy and rowdy, just the way we like it! Luckily, my twisted flipper is back on track after falling into the drum kit while doing some of that old school pogo dancing on stage... However, my stage shirt is pink after a head-shaving accident right before the Birmingham show last night.

"Anyways, we're doing some tracks that we haven't played live in a very long time, and even some tracks that we've never played at all like 'Black Star Deceiver'. I gotta say it's working out really good! The only thing missing is Devin Townsend doing his trade-off vocals with me. I guess I'll just have to fly him to Europe...

"You there, Devin?

"Speaking of setlists, I was just checking out the poll results for the U.S. tour and I gotta say the response and voting is massive!!! With all of your help, it will turn out to be an interesting setlist for sure... Keep on voting people!

"We brought some portable studio equipment with us on the road, so who knows, some musical magic might be created in the coming weeks. Can't wait for that to happen!

"On another note, after posting my vocal coaching offer, I've received a lot of positive feedback and a lot of appointments are booked, really cool... Keep 'em coming and I'll hook you up!"

SOILWORK will be on tour with ONE-WAY MIRROR in Europe through December. Shortly after, the band will headline a massive North American tour beginning in late January 2009 with DARKANE, WARBRINGER, and SWALLOW THE SUN.

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