Swedish metal juggernaut Soilwork hit Philly on the second night of their 54-date North American tour earlier in March with support by Jeff Loomis, Bonded By Blood and Blackguard. This, as the band’s latest full-length effort, The Living Infinite, on Nuclear Blast Records, landed a #60 debut on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 Albums.
Checking in from The Trocadero in Philadelphia during the band’s current headlining tour, Soilwork vocalist Björn “Speed” Strid had the following to say about the multi-chart news:
“We are so stoked to see the incredible success of our new album The Living Infinite! Landing this high on the Billboard chart is simply amazing! It’s our highest chart position in the USA ever… and being #1 on the iTunes Metal charts is also jaw-dropping for sure! We wanna extend a huge thank you to everyone who bought our new album, digitally or physically! Everyone seems to love it and we can’t wait to hit your town on our current North American tour and perform the new songs for you live! Thank you all for your amazing support!”
Soilwork‘s collective enthusiasm translated into a solid set with classic tracks sprinkled through an evening with no shortage of fresh material.
Also in the line-up was guitar phenomenon Jeff Loomis and band, who are currently supporting new release, Plains of Oblivion, on Century Media Records. The former Nevermore guitar mastermind rattled off a solid offering of songs with many selections from the new LP. Earache Records recording artists, Bonded by Blood, are supporting a new full-length The Aftermath, which was produced by ex-Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader (Gojira). Rounding out this solid cast of supporters was Montreal’s own metal crew, Blackguard, who surely won over a fresh field newcomers with driving metal epics.
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