Line up

Joel Fornbrant
Anders Bertilsson
Daniel Schröder
Oskar Pålsson
Anders Jakobson


January 2006: About a year after Nasum called it the quits, drummer Anders Jakobson started looking for members for a new grinding band. After posting in his blog at, Anders Bertilsson (Ruin) - vague acquaintance to Jakobson - offered to play the guitar in the band. At the same time Relentless's bass player Oskar Pålsson was looking for a session drummer for a possible solo demo. He asked Jakobson who informed him about the new grinding band plans and the two ideas were merged into one. The three members started to send riffs back and forth building up a small library of ideas.

February 2006: The first rehearsal took place on the 2nd and a few songs were written from the library of riffs. The band continued to write songs and do rehearsals the following weeks. A decision to add a second guitar player was taken and the band announced for a forth member in Jakobson's blog.

March 2006: André Alvinzi (Carnal Grief) joined the band as the second guitarist. As the fourth songwriter in the band, Alvinzi rapidly added the last piece to Coldworker's puzzle of sound, introducing some more technical riffs into the grinding death metal.

April 2006: Early in the month the bands name - Coldworker - is announced and later in April Joel Fornbrant (ex-Phobos) joins the band on vocals. After trying Anders Bertilsson as the singer, Coldworker realised that is would be best for the band and the music to have a separate singer. As a five-piece the band continued to write and work on the songs.

June 2006: Coldworker did it's first show together with Gadget and Radioskugga and then immediately started recording their first album "The Contaminated Void". The album was recorded by the band in their rehearsal room over three weeks, and it was later mixed by Dan Swanö and finally mastered by Peter In De Betou (everything documented in a studiodiary. A deal was signed with Relapse Records.

August - September 2006: Coldworker did their second and third shows awaiting the release of the album.

November 2006: "The Contaminated Void" was released worldwide on vinyl and in Europe on CD. Right after the release Coldworker did 10 shows around Sweden and Denmark, most of them as part of the "Close-up Made Us Do It" tourpackage with Arch Enemy and Path of No Return.

December 2006: Coldworker did yet two more shows in Sweden before the end of the year.

January 2007: André Alvinzi was replaced by Daniel Schröder (also in Ruin).

February 2007: Coldworker performed at the Finnish Metal Expo in Helsinki.

June 2007: Coldworker went on a two week European tour together with Misery Index and Dew-Scented and visited festivals such as Fury Fest and Summer Blast. After the tour Coldworker went into writing mode for the rest of the year working on the second album.

December 2007 - January 2008: Coldworker recorded their second album "Rotting Paradise". The album was recorded at four different location. The drums were recorded in Soundlab Studios, the guitars at the home of Johan Berglund (This Haven), the bass at the home of Jakobson and the vocals at Coldworker studios. The album was then mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound. 15 songs were recorded, 12 ended up on the album, a 13th song - a coverversion of Sepultura's "Necromancer" - ended up on the Japanese version of the album, and two songs were saved for the future.

May 2008: "Rotting Paradise" was released worldwide on vinyl and CD.

October 2008 - After a few shows in Sweden and elsewhere to support the release of "Rotting Paradise", Coldworker went into Coldworker Studios to record two cover songs for two tribute albums, "Den mörka tiden" by Nasum and "Crematorium" by Repulsion. The songs were just recorded at this point, not finished.

January 2009 - Coldworker did a few Scandinavian shows supporting The Black Dahlia Murder and ended the month with a perculiar event in their hometown of Örebro. During the afternoon the band performed some kind of clinic for students (age 11-18 aprox.) attending the after hours Kulturskolan, and had a regular show at night. Certainly something different for the band.

April 2009 - The October 2008 recording was finished with re-recorded guitars and mixing by Johan Berglund.

July - August 2009 - The first of the tributes, "Tribute to Repulsion" was releases in July, at this time only on vinyl, by FDA Rekotz. In August, the long awaited split-7" EP with Deathbound, recorded during the "Rotting Paradise" sessions, was released by Power-It-Up.

October - December 2009 - In October Coldworker had a minitour with Remasculate in Sweden with Gadget showing up at one of the shows as well. In November the "Tribute to Nasum" was released on vinyl and CD by Power-It-Up and in December the CD-version of "Tribute to Repulsion" was released.

May 2010 - Most of 2010 was spent in the rehearsal room writing new songs, but in May another different show was performed in Örebro. Coldworker attended a free festival where a lot of different people came to enjoy - or hate - the full blasting death metal live in person.

December 2010 - The recording of the third album began in Soundlab Studios, where the drums were recorded over a few days just before Christmas.

January-February 2011 - The remaining instruments were recorded at Ülgnor Studios by Johan Berglund, and the vocals in Coldworker Studios. The record were then mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö in Unisound Recordings. The process was documented in a studiodiary. The album was named "The Doomsayer's Call".

Spring 2011 - Relapse Records optioned not to release the new Coldworker album and the band was without a deal. French metal label Listenable Records showed interest in the band and negotiations began.

August 2011 - Coldworker signed to Listenable Records.

Autumn 2011 - Swedish artist Pär Olofsson was chosen to make the artwork for the record. The instructions were to make something retro-futuristic inspired by the 1927 movie "Metropolis" and make a different type of image compared to the previous album covers but still remain in the same concept with a figure in the middle of the image. In October the front cover and the first sample from the record was made public. Due to bad timing the release of the record was postponed until 2012.

February 2012 - "The Doomsayer's Call" is released on CD.

June 2012 - "The Doomsayer's Call" is released on vinyl.

July 2013 - Coldworker performs at Obscene Extreme Festival in Trutnow, Czech, and announces the end of the band on stage. A farewell message was posted on Facebook:

"Attention! After seven plus years of full blasting death metal, Coldworker is calling it quits. Everybody in the band doesn't want to do it anymore, so we feel the best thing is to just hang it up and be done with it. There's no bad blood between the members and we remain friends. Thanks a bunch to everybody who supported us through the years, buying albums and t-shirts and coming to the shows, you are the best! Big thanks also to Listenable records, Relapse records and to André Alvinzi, who was an important part of the early days of the band. None of us is quitting music and we'll see you around in other bands. Thank you and goodbye."