Justin Sullivan, Frontmann der englischen Combo NEW MODEL ARMY, wird als Gastsänger beim Track “The Windswept Mercy” auf dem neuen SOILWORK-Doppelabum “The Living Infinite” zu hören sein. Die im Jahr 1980 im englischen Bradford gegründeten NEW MODEL ARMY genießen nach wie vor hohes Ansehen und erfreuen sich einer Fanbasis, zu der sich auch SOILWORK-Shouter Björn “Speed” Strid zählt.
Sullivan über die Hintergründe des Zustandekommens seiner Zusammenarbeit mit den schwedischen Metallern von SOILWORK:
"Some years ago, I met Björn somewhere in the deserts of the southwestern U.S. I expect we both had good reasons for being there - though things like reason get swallowed up in the strangeness of deserts. Anyway, I'm sure we were talking about deserts and the idea of desert music as Europeans always have an unending fascination with these wondrous alien places. ‘Would you sing on a SOILWORK record?’ he asked. ‘Yes, of course’ I replied, and so, many years later, I suddenly get an e-mail from SOILWORK in a studio in Stockholm at exactly the same moment NMA were in a studio in London. And by a miracle of technology was able to do a quick vocal on this great and strangely beautiful song. Perhaps you beat me to the desert music thing after all, Bjorn. Love the track. All The Best.”
Björn "Speed" Strid fügt hinzu:
"It's a true honor to have one of my absolute favorite lyricists and singers, Justin Sullivan from New Model Army, contributing with guest vocals for our new album. I have been a long-time fan and I recall growing up in the small Swedish city of Landskrona, where so many people listened to the first wave of death metal AND New Model Army, including myself. I met Justin at a NMA show in Phoenix, Arizona three years ago and we talked quite a bit. He listened very patiently to my story. He also ran out to his tour bus to get his new solo album and gave it to me. I will never forget that. The man is a true legend, a gentleman, and he has a very unique presence in his voice, on stage and in his lyrics. The fact that he wanted to lend his amazing voice to ‘The Windswept Mercy’ brought me to tears. He will forever be my hero!"
Die Jungs von SOILWORK führen ihre Studioarbeit an “The Living Infinite“ gemeinsam mit Produzent Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, BLOODBATH) fort. Die 2013er-Veröffentlichung wird as Doppelalbum erscheinen und das Studiodebüt des langjährigen SOILWORK-Tour-Gitarristen David Andersson (NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA) darstellen.