Björn Strid

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Björn Strid
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Björn "Speed" Strid in 2012
Background information
Birth nameBjörn Ove Ingemar Strid
Also known asSpeed
Born (1978-09-10) 10 September 1978 (age 40)
Glumslöv, Sweden[1]
GenresMelodic death metal, heavy metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass
Years active1995–present
Associated actsSoilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra, Disarmonia Mundi, Terror 2000, Coldseed, Omethi, Hespera

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


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. 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, 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". 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.

Björn Strid at Rockharz Open Air 2016


Studio albums

The Night Flight Orchestra[edit]

Studio albums

Guest appearances[edit]

Björn 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
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 2010
Kamelot "The Great Pandemonium" Poetry For The Poisoned 2010
ReVamp "In Sickness 'till Death Do Us Part: Disdain" ReVamp 2010
Scarpoint "Open Your Eyes" Open Your Eyes (Single) 2010
Shadowside "Inner Monster Out" Inner Monster Out 2011
Fall "From Ashes" Fall (EP) 2012
Beyond All Recognition "Brace Yourself" Drop = Dead 2012
Blinded in Bliss "The Idea Of Poverty" Constancy (LP) 2012
I Legion "Signs from Above" Beyond Darkness 2012
"Beyond Darkness"
"Despite Your Grace"
"Love Is a Battlefield"
Motionless In White "Puppets 2: The Rain" Infamous 2012
Sarah Jezebel Deva "Lies Define Us" Malediction (EP) 2012
The Polygon "Fatality" Stained Anger (EP) 2013
"Stained Anger"
"Lifeless Clone"
"Futuristic Landscape"
Bewized "Heart Bled Dry" Undead Legacy 2013
Aspherium "Landfall" The Fall of Therenia 2014
Endast "Ocean Of Regrets" Thrive 2014
I Killed The Prom Queen "Calvert Street" Beloved 2014
Mellevon "The Quiet Light" Solace 2014
The Moor "The Castaway" The Castaway (Single) 2014
Sonic Syndicate "Before You Finally Break" Sonic Syndicate 2014
Caelestia "Blessing Of Tragedy" Beneath Abyss 2015
Dawn Of Destiny "Burn In The Fire" To Hell 2015
Dormin "Liar (Urban Hideout)" To Foreign Skies 2015
Earthside "Crater" A Dream In Static 2015
I Legion "Sirens" Pleiona 2015
Phear "Delusions" Insanitarium 2015
Plaguestorm "Synthetic Life" Everything's Gone Wrong (EP) 2015
Rifftera "Rotten To The Core" Pitch Black 2015
Scarnival "Watch Me" The Art of Suffering 2015
Silenmara "By Methods" Methods 2015
T.A.N.K "Blood Relation" Symbiosis 2015
Undawn "Never Giving Up" Justice Is... 2015
Eths "HAR1" Ankaa 2016
Xaon "Discrowned" Face Of Balaam (EP) 2016
Allegaeon "Proponent For Sentience III - The Extermination" Proponent for Sentience 2016
Thrown into Exile "Song for the Lost" "Safe Inside" 2016[4]
Xandria "We Are Murderers (We All)" Theater of Dimensions 2017
Drops of Heart "Starlight" "В Сиянии Звезд" 2017
Inviolate "Sisyphus" "The Insomniac's Dream" 2017
Noel Husser "Tell Me Who I Am" "Tell Me Who I Am" 2017
JOTNAR "Broken Esteem" "Connected/Condemned" 2017
Eshtadur "Burning Heart (Survivor Tribute)" "Mother Gray" 2017
Silent Descent "Vortex" Turn To Grey 2017
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"

"Miles Away"

"Remnants of Existence"



"In Absence"

In Absence 2018


  1. ^ "Attitude Inked: Ep01 - SOILWORK". 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2015-03-18.
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Biography: Terror 2000". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  3. ^ Karadimitris, Chris (16 February 2015). "Soilwork (Bjorn 'Speed' Strid)". Noisefull. Retrieved 2015-10-09.
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