Swedish melodic metal band Soilwork has officially announced The Night Flight Orchestra’s David Andersson as the replacement for Soilwork founding member and guitarist Peter Wichers.
Andersson has worked with Soilwork in the past, performing with them at numerous shows since 2006, and most recently during the 2011 festival season in support of the band’s acclaimed eighth album ‘The Panic Broadcast.’
“We’re super stoked to have David with us,” said vocalist, Björn ‘Speed’ Strid of Andersson’s arrival. “He’s a blast to be around and a kick ass guitarist. Plus, we’ve known him for so many years, from all the touring together, we just know he’s a perfect fit for us.”
Strid also commented on the departure of Wichers, who had previously left the band in 2005 only to return in 2009. “We just had to do this,” Strid explained. “It’s in the best interest of both him and us. Soilwork was born to be out there, tearing up the stage. Peter’s been unable to commit to the kind of touring we need to do and it’s time for us to move on. David’s played with us for so long, he’s really grown into the band. It feels natural, like a seamless transition. We’re thankful for everything Peter has contributed to Soilwork over the years and we sincerely wish him the best.”
Strid closed with an update on Soilwork’s upcoming ninth studio album, ‘The Living Infinite.’ “We’re working our asses off to put this record together,” he said. “It’s gonna be fantastic, the songs and ideas are flowing like crazy! As far as the musical direction goes, there’s tons of crushing, high energy, in-your-face metal. Trust me, we’re not about to go mellow anytime soon!”