Peter Wichers

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Peter Wichers
Also known asVicious
Born (1979-02-08) 8 February 1979 (age 39)
Angelholm, Sweden
GenresMelodic death metal
Occupation(s)Musician, producer, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, bass, keyboard
Associated actsSoilwork, Warrel Dane

Peter Wichers is best known as one of the founding members of Swedish melodic death metal band, Soilwork. From 1995 until late 2005, when he announced his departure from the band,[1] he was known as the lead guitarist and also a songwriter, especially on their Stabbing the Drama album.,[2] He rejoined Soilwork in 2008 and played on 2010s The Panic Broadcast and in June 2012 he quit Soilwork for the second time. After leaving Soilwork, he filled in for Adam Dutkiewicz when he was injured on Killswitch Engage's European tour.[3] More recently, he has collaborated with singers from across the melodic death metal genre including Anders Fridén, former band mate Björn "Speed" Strid and John Bush (Armored Saint and ex Anthrax) vocalist to make a CD much in the same style as Roadrunner United, entitled Nuclear Blast All-Stars. He also co-wrote Warrel Dane's solo record Praises to the War Machine.

Wichers recently moved from Los Angeles, California to Nashville, Tennessee with his wife where he now works as producer and songwriter.[4] On September 18, 2008, it was announced that he had rejoined Soilwork in his previous role.[5] Having joined the band again, Wichers accompanied Soilwork on their European tour in late 2008 and the American tour in early 2009. Once the tour is finished, the band plan to write and record a new album.[6]

On June 25, 2012 it was announced that Wichers left the band for the second time, due to creative differences. Peter’s official statement posted on the band's Facebook page is as follows:

"I want to thank everyone who has supported Soilwork over the years. It has been a wild and fun ride, but it’s time for me to explore different options in my career. I will cherish all the amazing moments I have gathered from my time with Soilwork, and I would not be where I am today without the help from you Fans, my family and Soilwork.

Thank you! Peter Wichers"

Personal life[edit]

Wichers currently lives in North Carolina with his wife, Sara Wichers (who is from North Carolina, he met Sara in Spain while touring for Soilwork) and newborn son.[7] Peter works for Jackson Guitars since 2015.



Warrel Dane




  1. ^ BLABBERMOUTH.NET - SOILWORK: Guitarist WICHERS Quits, Drummer VERBEUREN Named Full-Time Member Archived 2007-08-22 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ allmusic ((( Stabbing the Drama > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))
  3. ^ Blabbermouth.Net - Ex-Damageplan Singer To Play Guitar For Killswitch Engage Archived 2009-08-27 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ BLABBERMOUTH.NET - Former SOILWORK Guitarist To Set Up Recording Studio In Nashville Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine
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  6. ^ "Peter Wichers: Soilwork". 8 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-11.
  7. ^ "Peter Wichers: Soilwork". 8 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-11.

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