Played at Graspop Metal Meeting
2005 / 2006 / 2008 / 2011 / 2016




Formed in 1995 in Helsingborg, Sweden, Soilwork have a rich GMM history but it’s been five years since their last appearance so it was high time to catch up with Belgian drummer Dirk Verbeuren & Co. Melodic death metal is a genre where many greats have faded into oblivion over the years by attempting to be something they’re not. Soilwork have taken this lesson to heart: they’ve evolved over the years but not to the point where the old fans would feel alienated. From the aggressive assault of ‘In Dreams We Fall into the Eternal Lake’ (1995) to the more progressive writing on ‘The Living Infinite’ (2013), there’s something for everyone here and the quality of their catalogue is remarkably consistent. ‘The Ride Majestic’ (2015) is their latest album: more aggressive than its predecessor, it is a throwback to their early work. Soilwork is a must-see for melodic death metal fans.  (Text: Nick Tronckoe / Translation: Nick Devos)