Peter Wichers is a Swedish musician and producer best known as one of the founding members of melodic death metal band Soilwork. From 1995 until late 2005, when he announced his departure from the band, he was the lead guitarist and songwriter, especially on their Stabbing the Drama album.
|Also known as||Vicious|
|Born||8 February 1979|
|Genres||Melodic death metal|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, producer|
|Labels||Listenable, Century Media, Nuclear Blast|
|Associated acts||Soilwork, Warrel Dane|
18 September 2008, it was announced that Wichers had rejoined Soilwork in his previous role. 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 was finished, the band wrote and recorded The Panic Broadcast album. On 25 June 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
After leaving Soilwork, he filled in for Adam Dutkiewicz when he was injured on Killswitch Engage's European tour. Later he collaborated with singers from across the melodic death metal genre including Anders Fridén, former bandmate Björn "Speed" Strid and John Bush (Armored Saint and ex Anthrax) vocalist to make an album 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.
After his first split from Soilwork, Wichers moved from Los Angeles to Nashville, Tennessee where he worked as a producer and songwriter. Wichers currently lives in North Carolina with his wife, Sara Wichers (who is from North Carolina) with the couple's son. Wichers met Sara in Spain while touring for Soilwork. Wichers works for Jackson Guitars since 2015.
- In Dreams We Fall into the Eternal Lake (1997 demo)
- Steelbath Suicide (1998)
- The Chainheart Machine (2000)
- A Predator's Portrait (2001)
- Natural Born Chaos (2002)
- Figure Number Five (2003)
- The Early Chapters (2003 EP)
- Stabbing the Drama (2005)
- The Panic Broadcast (2010)
- Praises to the War Machine (2008)
- All That Remains - The Fall of Ideals (2006) (guitar production/engineer)
- Nuclear Blast All-Stars: Out of the Dark (2006) (guitar, bass, producer/engineer)
- Samadhi - Incandescence (2007)
- Warrel Dane - Praises to the War Machine (2008) (guitar, bass, producer/engineer)
- Mannah - Untitled (2008) (producer/engineer)
- Nevermore - The Obsidian Conspiracy (2010) (producer/engineer)
- Remain - Untitled (2010) (producer/engineer, mix)
- Soilwork - The Panic Broadcast (2010) (producer/engineer)
- Darkest Hour - The Human Romance (2011)
- James LaBrie - Impermanent Resonance (2013) (Co-Producer / Additional songwriting - guitars)
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- allmusic ((( Stabbing the Drama > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))
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- "Peter Wichers: Soilwork". SuicideGirls.com. 8 March 2009. Retrieved 11 March 2009.
- "Blabbermouth.Net - Ex-Damageplan Singer To Play Guitar For Killswitch Engage". Archived from the original on 27 August 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
- "BLABBERMOUTH.NET - Former SOILWORK Guitarist To Set Up Recording Studio In Nashville". Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2019.