Justin Sullivan, front-man for Bradford based band New Model Army will be lending his talents to the track ‘The Windswept Mercy’, on the new Soilwork album ‘The Living Infinite’, due for release 2013. The band is currently working on the record (which will be released as a double album) with production being handled by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend). Soilwork’s vocalist Bjorn Strid commented:


“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!”


Sullivan had this to say about working with the Swedish melodic metal behemoths: “Some years ago, I met Björn somewhere in the deserts of the South-western 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.”


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