Soilwork has become one of the modern symbols of melodic death metal along with bands like Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum. They are what we can call the second generation of the Gothenburg sound. Recently Soilwork just finished an extensive tour along the US supporting Soulfly, during the last days of that tour the stopped by Club Red in Mesa to deliver a majestic headlining show.
The last time I saw Soilwork was at a small show at Rocky Point Cantina in Tempe, AZ with Jeff Loomis opening for them. This time around the show was a the large room at Club Red with a better sound, and a better stage. Since it was a Halloween show on a Saturday night, you might think it would be super packed, but in reality the show had a decent turn out between Halloween parties, Tool playing at the Tempe town lake and metalhead parents taking their kids out trick or treating that night.
The night opened with Earthside taking the stage around 8pm, their music was a mix between death metal, and progressive metal, instrumental for the most part, but quite interesting to watch. They jump on this tour as replacement for Decapitated who for problems with their visas not being process on time by the USCIS had to cancel their participation on it. Shattered Sun was up next, and they come up on stage wearing the whole Halloween spirit with them (and by that I meant they dressed up as Batman, Ninja Turtles, Darth Vader, Mouse and Rabbit furries). Shattered Sun are not stranger to the AZ crowds as they opened for Exodus & Testament at the beginning of the year, and then they came over again this summer as part of the Mayhem Festival. The Texas quintet delivered a high quality show that left the room ready for Soilwork.
Soilwork‘s setlist for the night it was a full ride through all their discography, with a heavy emphasis on The Ride Majestic songs like; Death in General, Enemies in Fidelity & Petrichor in Sulphur sounded better live that what they sound on the album. There were also some great classics that they played that night like; Rejection Role, Bastard Chain, Follow the Hollow and Let This River Flow that pleased a crowd that have waited a good couple of years to see them live again.
Overall it was a great show as Soilwork sounded at the top of their game even after coming from a long tour with Soulfly. Before the show we had the chance to speak with David Andersson guitar player of Soilwork about the tour, The Ride Majestic, the live DVD, and much more.
The Ride Majestic
Death in General
Alight in the Aftermath
Follow the Hollow
Petrichor in Sulphur
Stabbing the Drama
Spectrum of Eternity
Let This River Flow
Late for the Kill, Early for the Slaughter
Enemies in Fidelity
Rise Above the Sentiment