Soilwork Officially Names Simon Johansson New Guitarist; Announces New Live Dates

Soilwork officially has a new member.

The band announced Monday, it has named Simon Johansson as its new guitarist. The band discussed Johansson’s appointment in a prepared statement.

“We are excited to finally welcome Simon Johansson to the Soilwork family as a permanent member,” the statement reads. “Simon has been with us on a session basis since 2019 and not only has he proven himself to be a solid guitar player, but also a humble human being and a true gentleman in some of the most challenging years of the band’s history. We love you and we are grateful that you are part of our band.”

Johansson said he was happy to be named the band’s newest permanent member.

”I’m super stoked and very humbled to be the new guitarist in Soilwork,” Johansson said. “I have been a fan of the band since way back and now to be a part of the Soilwork legacy is a huge honor. We first started to work together in 2019 when I joined as their session touring guitarist and during this time my admiration for the band has just grown. Now happy and proud to be joining my brothers as a full-time member and I’m thrilled to be a part of the next chapter of Soilwork.”

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

In other news, Soilwork is gearing up to launch the second leg of its European co-headlining tour with Kataklysm. The next leg of the tour is scheduled to launch March 30 in Roskilde, Denmark and to run through April 30 in Amstelveen, The Netherlands.

Horizon Ignited will serve as support for the upcoimng tour, which also features scheduled stops in cities across Europe, such as Helsinki, Finland; Vienna, Austria and Warsaw, Poland. The tour’s schedule is noted below:

Catch the package of SOILWORKKATAKLYSM and HORIZON IGNITED here:

30.03. DK Roskilde – Gimle 

31.03. SE Gothenburg – Brewhouse 

01.04. NO Oslo – Vulkan Arena 

02.04. SE Stockholm – Slaktkyrkan 

04.04. FI Helsinki – Tavastia 

05.04. FI Jyväskylä – Lutakko 

06.04. FI Kuopio – Sawohouse Underground 

07.04. FI Joensuu – Kerubi 

08.04. FI Lahti – Möysän Musaklubi 

09.04. EE Tallinn – Helitehas 

11.04. LV Riga – Melna Piektdiena 

12.04. LT Vilnius – Vakaris 

13.04. PL Gdansk – B90 

14.04. PL Warsaw – Progresja 

15.04. PL Krakow – Kamienna12 

16.04. SK Bratislava – Majestic Music Club 

18.04. RO Cluj-Napoca – Form Space 

19.04. RO Bucharest – Arelene Romane 

20.04. BG Sofia – Hristo Botev Hall 

21.04. RS Belgrade – Dom Omladine 

22.04. HR Zagreb – Boogaloo 

23.04. AT Vienna – Simm City 

25.04. AT Wörgl – VZ Komma 

26.04. DE Hannover – Muzikzentrum 

27.04. NL Drachten – Poppodium Iduna 

28.04. DE Stuttgart – Im Wizemann 

29.04. DE Cologne – Essigfabrik 

30.04. NL Amstelveen – P60 

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Kataklysm Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: FM Management

Kataklysm is heading back out on the road.

The veteran metal outfit made the announcement Friday through a news release.  The document states the band’s upcoming “Meditations Over North America 2019 Tour” is scheduled to launch Sept. 4 in Joliet, IL and run through Sept. 26 in Worchester, MA.

The 21-date tour also features performances in cities, such as Baltimore, MD; Oakland,CA and Kansas City,  MO. Exhorder, Krisiun and Hatchet will serve as support throughout the tour.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Confirmed dates for the Meditations Over North America 2019 tour with EXHORDER, KRISIUN & HATCHET are:
Sep. 04 Joliet, IL – The Forge
Sep. 05 Cave-in-Rock, IL – FULL TERROR ASSAULT
Sep. 06 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
Sep. 07 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
Sep. 08 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
Sep. 10 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Sep. 11 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
Sep. 12 Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House
Sep. 13 Los Angeles, CA – Union
Sep. 14 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
Sep. 15 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
Sep. 16 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
Sep. 17 Austin, TX – Come and Take it Live!
Sep. 18 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
Sep. 20 Cincinnati, OH – Riverfront Live
Sep. 21 Atlanta, GA – TBC
Sep. 22 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
Sep. 23. Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel
Sep. 26 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
Sep. 25 Reading, PA – Reverb
Sep. 26 Worcester, MA – The Palladium

Tickets for the tour are scheduled to go on sale Wednesday.

Kataklysm’s upcoming tour is in support of its most recently released album Meditations(2018), which was released through Nuclear Blast Records.  The video for the album’s single ‘…And Then I Saw Blood’ is streaming here.

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Suicidal Tendencies Added To Ozzfest Meets Knotfest Lineup

Courtesy:  Adrenaline PR

Courtesy: Adrenaline PR

Organizers with the 2016 Ozzfest Meets Knotfest have added another band to the mega-festival’s lineup.

Veteran hard rock band Suicidal Tendencies has been added to the lineup for the inaugural Ozzfest Meets Knotfest.  It marks the first time that the band has ever taken the stage at Ozzfest in any capacity.  The band will take the place of Children of Bodom, which was originally scheduled to perform on the first day of the double-header festival. The updated lineup for the festival is noted below. Audiences will note that there is even a stage dedicated to late Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister at this year’s festival.



Saturday, September 24


MAIN STAGE:  Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Megadeth, Opeth, Black Label Society, and Rival Sons.

LEMMY STAGE:  Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, DevilDriver, Goatwhore, Huntress, and Dead Cross.

NUCLEAR BLAST STAGE: Municipal Waste, Kataklysm, Nails, The Shrine, and Still Rebel.


Sunday, September 25


MAIN STAGE:  Slipknot, Slayer, Amon Amarth, Anthrax, and Trivium.

LEMMY STAGE:  Sabaton, Suicide Silence, Overkill, Emmure, Butcher Babies, and Man with A Mission.

NUCLEAR BLAST STAGE:  Whitechapel, Combichrist, Carnifex, Loathe, SIM, and ONI.


Ozzfest Meets Knotfest is currently scheduled to be held Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino California.  As a special holiday celebration, fans can purchase single 4-day ticket packs for $84.  The limited-time special is going on now and ends July 4th at 11:59pm PT.  Tickets can be purchased online at and  More information on the inaugural Ozzfest Meets Knotfest is available online at:


















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