Björn Strid

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Björn Strid
Soilwork, Barge to Hell 2012 03.jpg
Bjorn "Speed" Strid in 2012
Background information
Birth name Björn Ove Ingemar Strid
Also known as Speed
Born (1978-09-10) 10 September 1978 (age 36)
Glumslov, Sweden[1]
Genres Metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass
Years active 1995–present
Associated acts Inferior Breed
Disarmonia Mundi
Terror 2000
Zero Tolerance
Highball Shooters
The Night Flight Orchestra
The Moor
Blinded In Bliss.[2]
I Legion.[3]
Demon Hunter

Björn Ove Ingemar "Speed" Strid (born 10 September 1978, Helsingborg, Sweden) is a Swedish vocalist with a resume that includes work in bands such as Highball Shooters, Disarmonia Mundi, Terror 2000,[4] Coldseed, The Night Flight Orchestra and most notably Soilwork.[5] In 2010, he provided guest vocals on the Demon Hunter song "Collapsing", from The World Is a Thorn and for power metal band Kamelot on the song "The Great Pandemonium", from Poetry for the Poisoned. His most recent guest appearance to a band is in I Killed The Prom Queen's new album titled Beloved, in the song "Calvert Street", and in the project I Legion,[3] where he provided vocals for four songs on the album. In 2014, he provided guest vocals for the songs "The Quiet Light" by Canadian band Mellevon, "The Castaway" by Italian band The Moor, and "Before You Finally Break" by Swedish band Sonic Syndicate.


Strid grew up in Sweden and received the nickname "Speed" from fellow students as a result of the "extreme music" he was known to enjoy. He co-founded Soilwork in 1995 under the name Inferior Breed which was later changed to Soilwork once the fledgling band's sound began to take shape. He is the only member to have stayed with the band for the duration of its existence, and is the only original member still in the band as of 2015. Most of the lyrics are written by Strid as well.


Strid has also provided vocals for Darkane on their demo recording prior to Lawrence Mackrory joining the band before their debut album. He made a guest appearance on the Destruction track "The Alliance of Hellhoundz" alongside numerous other prominent metal singers, as well as appearing on Zero Tolerance's "Prime Time Mind Surgery", Phoenix-based metal band Howitzer's "245", and Danish band Mercenary's "Redefine Me", from their album The Hours That Remain. He has also recently provided guest vocals for the Seattle, WA-based band Demon Hunter on the track "Collapsing" from their album The World Is a Thorn which was released on 9 March 2010, and also performs on power metal band Kamelot's Poetry for the Poisoned in the track "The Great Pandemonium". Recently he performed the choruses on The Moor's new single "The Castaway" which was released on 27 July 2014.

Strid utilizes a varied vocal style, being able to quickly alternate between more guttural growls and higher screams and clean, harmonious vocals, and has gone on record as saying that Killing Machine, which was retitled as Hell Bent for Leather for US release by Judas Priest is his favorite album, but more recently has cited Iron Maiden's The Number of the Beast as his favourite.


Year Album details Peak chart positions


1998 Steelbath Suicide
2000 The Chainheart Machine
  • Released: 8 February 2000
  • Label: Listenable/Century Media
2001 A Predator's Portrait
2002 Natural Born Chaos
  • Released: 25 March 2002
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
2003 Figure Number Five
  • Released: 6 May 2003
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
59 23 125 52 43 32
2005 Stabbing the Drama
  • Released: 8 March 2005
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
14 63 19 143 52 12 21
2007 Sworn to a Great Divide
  • Released: 19 October 2007
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
25 57 74 19 136 37 148 2
2010 The Panic Broadcast
  • Released: 2 July 2010
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
29 47 60 14 141 24 42 88 7
2013 The Living Infinite
  • Released: 27 February 2013
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
19 22 36 10 128 17 188 60
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.


  1. ^ "Attitude Inked: Ep01 - SOILWORK". 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  2. ^ "Blinded in Bliss - Encyclopaedia Metallum". Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  3. ^ a b "I Legion". Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  4. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Biography: Terror 2000". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: Soilwork". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Discography Soilwork". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-04-10. 
  7. ^ "Discographie Soilwork" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-04-10. 
  8. ^ "Discographie Soilwork" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-04-10. 
  9. ^ "Discography Soilwork". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-04-10. 
  10. ^ "Discographie Soilwork" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-04-10. 
  11. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Soilwork / Longplay" (in German). PhonoNet. Retrieved 2011-04-10. 
  12. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK – Chart Coverage and Record Sales 2010 and Special Single-File Version". Zobbel. Retrieved 2011-04-10. 
  13. ^ a b c Peak chart positions for Soilwork in the United States:

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