Guitarist Peter Wichers of Swedish metallers SOILWORK has told Christopher Porter of Express Night Out that the band will focus on writing material for its next album following the completion of the group's current tour.
"We're planning on going into the studio at the end of this year or the beginning of next year," Wichers — who is expecting his first child with his wife this summer — said. "There might be a couple of summer festival gigs, but I'm reluctant to do them, for obvious reasons. At the same time, we are going to try and focus as much as possible on trying to write the best record to date, right up 'till we hit the studio. It's going to take a while; we really don't want to rush it."
Regarding what SOILWORK's next CD might sound like, Wichers said, "Maybe [drummer] Dirk [Verbeuren] will have a little bit more room on the next record. And having me and Sylvain [Coudret, the other newly added guitarist] in the band as guitar players, we're going to try and take back a little bit from [2001's 'A Predator's Portrait'], and try to use the catchiness of [2005's] 'Stabbing The Drama''s choruses and also a mix from [2002's] 'Natural Born Chaos'. I know that's promising a lot."
In the meantime, Wichers is playing the hell out of several songs from 2007's "Sworn to a Great Divide" he had no hand in crafting.
"I have a huge respect for that record as well, even though I didn't participate on it," Wichers said. "It would be ignorant for me to come back and rearrange songs that they wrote. Having said that, at the same time, certain parts of this record I would not go for with the next record, but I do believe it's a good record overall."
Read the entire interview from Express Night Out.