Björn Strid

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Björn Strid
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Björn "Speed" Strid in 2012
Background information
Birth name Björn Ove Ingemar Strid
Also known as Speed
Born (1978-09-10) 10 September 1978 (age 37)
Glumslov, Sweden[1]
Genres Melodic Death Metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass
Years active 1995–present
Associated acts Inferior Breed, Soilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra, Disarmonia Mundi, I Legion

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.

Life[edit]

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 2016. Most of Soilwork's lyrics are written by Strid himself.

Career[edit]

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. 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

Soilwork[edit]

For a more comprehensive list, see Soilwork discography.
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
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"
"Provocation"
"Lifeless Clone"
"Futuristic Landscape"
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
Allegaeon "Proponent For Sentience III - The Extermination" Proponent for Sentience 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Attitude Inked: Ep01 - SOILWORK". YouTube.com. 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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