Björn Strid

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Björn "Speed" Strid
Strid in 2019
Strid in 2019
Background information
Birth nameBjörn Ove Ingemar Strid
Born (1978-09-10) 10 September 1978 (age 43)
Glumslöv, Sweden[1]
GenresMelodic death metal, alternative metal, hard rock, AOR
Years active1995–present
Associated actsSoilwork, Gizmachi, The Night Flight Orchestra, Disarmonia Mundi, Terror 2000, Coldseed, Omethi, Hespera, Motionless in White, Act of Denial

Björn Ove Ingemar "Speed" Strid (born 10 September 1978) is a Swedish vocalist who has worked with bands such as I Legion, Disarmonia Mundi, Terror 2000,[2] Coldseed, The Night Flight Orchestra,[3] Act of Denial, Gizmachi, and most notably Soilwork.

Early life[edit]

Strid was born in Helsingborg. He gained the nickname "Speed" from fellow students as a result of the "extreme music" he was known to enjoy.


Strid 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 original member still in the band. Most of Soilwork's lyrics are written by Strid himself.

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, Washington-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 performed on power metal band Kamelot's Poetry for the Poisoned in the track "The Great Pandemonium". He also performed guest vocals on the track "Puppets 2: The Rain" by American metalcore band Motionless in White. Since February 2013 Bjorn began collaboration with the Russian modern metal band The Polygon that released 2014 the debut EP Stained Anger. Recently he performed the choruses on The Moor's new single "The Castaway" which was released on 27 July 2014. He also provided vocals on Earthside's song, "Crater", from their critically acclaimed debut album A Dream in Static.

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.

Strid at Rockharz Open Air 2016


Studio albums

The Night Flight Orchestra[edit]

Studio albums

Guest appearances[edit]

Strid has provided vocals for the following artists:

Artist Song Album Year
Construcdead "Bitter End" Violadead 2003
Destruction "The Alliance of Hellhoundz" Inventor of Evil 2005
Mercenary "Redefine Me" The Hours That Remain 2006
Zero Tolerance "Prime Time Mind Surgery" Prime Time Mind Surgery 2006
Nuclear Blast Records "The Dawn of All" Nuclear Blast All-Stars: Out of the Dark 2007
Demon Hunter "Collapsing" The World Is a Thorn 2010
Howitzer "245" In Our Name
Kamelot "The Great Pandemonium" Poetry for the Poisoned
ReVamp "In Sickness 'till Death Do Us Part: Disdain" ReVamp
Scarpoint "Open Your Eyes" Open Your Eyes (single)
Shadowside "Inner Monster Out" Inner Monster Out 2011
Fall "From Ashes" Fall (EP) 2012
Beyond All Recognition "Brace Yourself" Drop = Dead
Blinded in Bliss "The Idea of Poverty" Constancy
I Legion "Signs from Above" Beyond Darkness
"Beyond Darkness"
"Despite Your Grace"
"Love Is a Battlefield"
Motionless in White "Puppets 2: The Rain" Infamous
Sarah Jezebel Deva "Lies Define Us" Malediction (EP)
The Polygon "Fatality" Stained Anger (EP) 2013
"Stained Anger"
"Lifeless Clone"
"Futuristic Landscape"
Bewized "Heart Bled Dry" Undead Legacy
Aspherium "Landfall" The Fall of Therenia 2014
Endast "Ocean of Regrets" Thrive
I Killed the Prom Queen "Calvert Street" Beloved
Mellevon "The Quiet Light" Solace
The Moor "The Castaway" The Castaway (single)
Sonic Syndicate "Before You Finally Break" Sonic Syndicate
Caelestia "Blessing of Tragedy" Beneath Abyss 2015
Dawn of Destiny "Burn in the Fire" To Hell
Dormin "Liar (Urban Hideout)" To Foreign Skies
Earthside "Crater" A Dream In Static
I Legion "Sirens" Pleiona
Phear "Delusions" Insanitarium
Plaguestorm "Synthetic Life" Everything's Gone Wrong (EP)
Rifftera "Rotten to the Core" Pitch Black
Scarnival "Watch Me" The Art of Suffering
Silenmara "By Methods" Methods
T.A.N.K "Blood Relation" Symbiosis
Undawn "Never Giving Up" Justice Is...
Eths "HAR1" Ankaa 2016
Xaon "Discrowned" Face of Balaam (EP)
Allegaeon "Proponent for Sentience III - The Extermination" Proponent for Sentience
Thrown into Exile "Song for the Lost" Safe Inside
Xandria "We Are Murderers (We All)" Theater of Dimensions 2017
Drops of Heart "Starlight" В Сиянии Звезд
Inviolate "Sisyphus" The Insomniac's Dream
Noel Husser "Tell Me Who I Am" Tell Me Who I Am
Jotnar "Broken Esteem" Connected/Condemned
Eshtadur "Burning Heart (Survivor Tribute)" Mother Gray
Silent Descent "Vortex" Turn to Grey
Omethi "One with the Storm" Drown in Sacred Waterfalls 2018
"I Bid Farewell"
"Walk This Earth"
"Grand Illusion"
"My Last Chance"
"Only for Tonight"
"Dwelling on a Distant Past"
"Like a Slave"
"Well of Pain"
"Drown in Sacred Waterfalls"
"End of the Line"
Hespera "Solace in Solitude" In Absence
"Miles Away"
"Remnants of Existence"
"In Absence"
Tarja "Dead Promises" In the Raw 2019
Obsydians "Psychodynamics" 2020
Divided "Meteorite" 2020
Act Of Denial "Puzzle Heart"


"Down That Line"

Negative 2021
Powerwolf "Killers with the Cross" Call of the Wild 2021
Enigmatic Entrance "Cold as the Night" Becoming Daylight 2021


  1. ^ "Attitude Inked: Ep01 - SOILWORK". 31 January 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Biography: Terror 2000". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  3. ^ Karadimitris, Chris (16 February 2015). "Soilwork (Bjorn 'Speed' Strid)". Noisefull. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2015.

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