Twinmusix got to speak to Bjorn from Soilwork about their upcoming tour and more.
TM - This is Amelia from twinmusix, Thank You for having this call with me today. We are excited to have you come to Australia. Are you excited?
B - Yes, absolutely, every time. I think this is our seventh time in Australia.
TM - What is your favorite thing to do here?
B - The shows are always great. We usually do some sightseeing and go to the Koala Sanctuary. I like the vibe in Australia and people are pleasant.
TM - That sounds fun. What can fans expect from your Australian tour?
B - We have a new album, it is one of the best albums that we perform live. The songs and this album is working out well and the crowd seems to love it. We did a massive festival tour in Europe this summer.
TM - What is your favorite festival you played in Europe?
B - This year Summer Breeze was insane, there were 30,000 people. I think it has to be a top-five show.
TM - That memory is in your top five, what are your other top four?
B - It is really hard to say, probably when we played Ozzfest in Los Angeles, it was crazy. We opened up for Metallica In Madrid.
TM - That's cool
B - We have played some good club shows too. We played a show in Louisville Kentucky, it was sweaty and Crazy. There were people all over the stage and people having fistfights on stage. I felt like I was in a movie. It is on the crazy list.
We played with Children Of Bodom in Japan in 2003, and it was crazy. You could barely hear what you are playing because the crowd is so loud and they sing every word.
TM - You have played everywhere, so how is Japan?
B - Japan is great, I lived in Japan for half a year. It is a beautiful country and I like the culture. I can go to Tokyo for two days and then I go crazy. It is too loud and there are too many people. I think my favorite city is Kyoto because there are no tall buildings and it is clam and beautiful. There are a lot of temples.
TM - That's cool, it's on my bucket list. I have to go.
B - You should go, it's wonderful.
TM - I'll ask you our signature question. If you could have any band perform one of your songs, which band would it be, which song would it be and would it be in your style or theirs?
B - That's a tough one, let me think. It would be cool to hear Judas Priest do Verkligheten.
TM - That's cool, I love Judas Priest. They are one of my favorite bands. I saw them on Hellfest.
B - Hellfest is a great festival.
TM - You have two covers for your new album, what inspired this?
B - We always want to do something different for the limited edition and we liked the symbol with the snake and the globe with the bronze. We presented it to the label and they liked it so we ran with it.
TM - If you could collaborate with any band who would it be and why?
B - Annie Lennox, I have always been a fan.
TM - What is your favorite memory watching someone else perform live, can you tell us a story?
B - It is always fun to watch The Dillinger Escape Plan because they are crazy. You are just waiting for someone to get injured, it is like a train wreck in slow motion. It is such a wild band.
TM - You said you performed with Metallica, how was that?
B - It was crazy, there were around thirty to forty thousand people and James was watching from the side of the stage while we were playing. When we got off stage James shook my hand and said you have some good pipes. It's surreal, the whole thing.
TM - What's your favorite memory on stage, can you tell us a story?
B - We played on stage at Hellfest and we started the intro for Spectrum of Eternity and our bass player at the time started jumping. I was like why is he jumping in the intro, I hear this loud bang and he goes through the stage. Like a sinkhole. All the microphones and monitors went down with him and he just disappeared. I looked down the sinkhole and I couldn't see him. Then I looked on the other side and he was climbing up with the bass on his back. His hair was standing up straight and he was dusty and he is just laughing. I will never forget that and it was hard to continue the show after that because they had to rebuild the stage.
TM - Is there anything else you would like to say to your fans?
B - I want to apologise to everyone who bought tickets that were going to happen at the beginning of the year. We are happy we could reschedule we beg for people's understanding and we hope to see them at the show.
TM - Thank You for this interview today and we cannot wait to see you in Sydney.