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Soilwork’s Bjorn Stridd Says Album Anniversary Shows Are “Destroying The Music Scene A Little Bit”


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With a career spanning nearly 25 years, Soilwork certainly have a lot of milestones to celebrate—especially when it comes to anniversaries for their past releases. Thus far however the band have intentionally distanced themselves from playing such shows and according to the band’s frontman Bjorn “Speed” Strid, that’s by intention. Appearing on the latest episode of the ‘BREWtally Speaking Podcast‘ (hear it below,) Stridd explains his reasoning why the band have turned down offers to play some of their past albums in full:

“We got some offers to play ‘Natural Born Chaos‘ in its entirety, and also ‘Stabbing The Drama‘, but we won’t do that because, to begin with, it’s not the same lineup. And I don’t think it’s fair to the old lineup, or the new one to do NBC or ‘Stabbing The Drama‘ in its entirety.

I think we’re moving forward and if someone asked me to do…maybe ‘The Living Infinite‘, that’s a different story. That’s something that we would like to do, it’s gonna be a hell of a project since it’s a double record. We only played maybe, like 6-7 songs from that album live, so that would be a hell of a project. That’s something I could see us doing, cause it would make sense.”

He continued:

“There’s already way too much of the sort of ‘performing their classic album, blah, blah, blah.’ It’s getting sort of… It should be enough [for] a new album to draw people. It’s almost like a band needs to perform their classic classics.”

“I think it’s also destroying the music scene a little bit when bands are forced to perform classic albums in their entirety in order to draw people. It should be enough with a new album, like it used to be.”

The interview also saw Strid reveal that he would be entering a studio in Italy in May to begin tracking vocals for a new album from Disarmonia Mundi.

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