Soilwork's Dirk Verbeuren Works from the Ground Up

Sweden melodic death metalles Soilwork formed many years ago, have toured the world, released and written material and don't plan on stopping anytime soon. Drummer Dirk Verbeuren took some time to discuss the band's ninth album to date as well as how the current headlining tour is going for them.

1. How did you guys come up with your band name?

Dirk: From what I know it was a word that one of the guys invented and means "Working from the ground up" we have always been a hard working band so that's what it means and where it came from.

2. What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music? What message do you want to send?

Dirk: The lyrics are inspired by personal experiences having a strong connection to the ocean. There's a lot of positive messages even with the dark themes, we have a solid line of lyrics on this record so anyone can relate to them.

3. What bands have influenced your band and its sound?

Dirk: There are so many. I think when we formed it began with At The Gates and In Flames but as the years went on we now listen to everything Napalm Death, Nine Inch Nails, everything comes in different ways. We all had contributed different material with this album so we're all open to bringing that material just letting it flow as it comes.

4. Why did you want to release a double-disc album this time around?

Dirk: It was something different to do, we wanted to make a statement, doing something we had to get use to at first we felt it was the right thing to do. It shows the fans or anyone else that listens to our music know what we do and how we're succeeding when making a recording that shows how strong we are.

5. How would you describe the overall sound of the new album?

Dirk: I would say it has a lot of different elements in it but more of the older material we used on the old stuff. A lot of the new elements we also used has some songs starting differently we just went with it writing something and seeing where it would take us. We have a strong identity in what we play so it keeps that Soilwork touch having a strong melodic metal style is the best way to describe it.

6. What are your expectations for the CD?

Dirk: It's a great album that we're super proud of.

7. It's been a while since you guys have toured as the headliners, how does it feel to have the spotlight?

Dirk: It's awesome being out on the road in the U.S. We worked a lot throughout the years and now it's good to be back again. We can play a fairly long set, changing it up, it's good to be back on the road.

8. What are your favorite things about touring in the US?

Dirk: Meeting fans eye to eye, feeling the music, those are the good moments that come together. It's where all of your hard work pays off showing that whole experience when your touring.

9. What have you done to prepare yourselves for the tour?

Dirk: We had rehearsed for about a week preparing the new material, playing the same stuff over the years we wanted to bring material we may have never played before or played so mixing so it all came together and I think it's going good for us. We're really excited about it.

10. You guys have toured a lot over the years but where hasn't Soilwork set foot in?

Dirk: We've never been to South America. We will be going to Mexico City, China, and India hopefully we will get to those places on this touring cycle.

11. What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?

Dirk: Just playing the new material, getting the new ideas out there, and playing shows that's what we're really focusing on getting everything stepped up.

12. Anything else you want to add for your fans?

Dirk: Go to our website to check us out if you don't know who we are. go check out the new album and we look forward to seeing you guys on the road.

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