Soil was originally formed in 1997 by three of four members of death metal act Oppressor, joined by guitarist of another death metal act Broken Hope - as a side project to their other bands. Also Ryan McCombs was recruited for vocal duties.
The original lineup of the band was Ryan McCombs (vocals) (currently of Drowning Pool), Shaun Glass (guitar) (ex-Broken Hope, currently of the band Dirge Within), Tom Schofield, Tim King, and Adam Zadel (all three ex-Oppressor). McCombs left in 2004 after the band departed from their label (J Records), to be with his family and later join Drowning Pool, and Glass in 2007, citing personal and musical differences. McCombs was replaced with vocalist AJ Cavalier, also of Diesel Machine.
Soil's first three releases, Soil (EP), El Chupacabra (EP) and their debut album Throttle Junkies, failed to break the band into the mainstream. It was around this time that all the members of Soil left their other bands to focus on Soil as their main project.
The band experienced their greatest success with Scars (released September 11, 2001). Their success was helped by singles such as "Halo" and "Unreal".
In 2004, the band parted company with J Records after disappointing album sales of their second major album Redefine. Shortly after, vocalist Ryan McCombs announced his departure from the group. New York-based vocalist AJ Cavalier was introduced on November 15, 2005 as McCombs' replacement. On July 20, 2005, McCombs was confirmed to be the new singer for Drowning Pool.
On September 21, 2005, Soil signed with New York-based independent label DRT Entertainment. Their album True Self was released on May 2, 2006. The album leaked onto P2P and BitTorrent sites on March 4, almost two months before its official release.
On October 20, 2009 the album Picture Perfect was released via Bieler Bros Records worldwide, except in Europe, where it was released by AFM Records. Picture Perfect was produced by Johnny K (Disturbed, Staind), Ulrich Wild (Deftones, Incubus) and Soil, with Dave Fortman (Mudvayne, Evanescence) handling mixing duties. The first single from this album was "Like It Is". In January 2010, "The Lesser Man" was announced as the second single.