Heavy Load (band)

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Heavy Load
Origin Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Heavy metal
Years active 1976–1985
Members Styrbjörn Wahlquist
Ragne Wahlquist
Eddy Malm
Andreas Fritz
Past members Michael Backler
Dan Molén
Eero Koivisto
Leif Liljegren
Torbjörn Ragnesjö

Heavy Load was a Swedish heavy metal band from Stockholm. The band is often hailed as the first Swedish heavy metal band,[1] and were known for their Viking themes. The Wahlquist brothers, who founded the band in 1976 along with Michael Backler, were later producers and owners of Thunderload Records in Sweden, were at one point producing Veni Domine, and also were considering releasing a new album, though that never occurred. Misfortune struck when Thunderload Studios got severely damaged due to a water leakage in the 2000s, which meant a halt to its official existence. After the breakup, the members then went on and performed with other bands.



  • Full Speed at High Level (full-length, 1978)
  • Metal Conquest (EP, 1981)
  • Death or Glory (full-length, 1982)
  • Stronger Than Evil (full-length, 1983) (Phil Lynott playing bass guitar on the track "Free")[citation needed]


  • "Take Me Away" (single, 1982)
  • Live (VHS, 1983)
  • "Free" (single, 1983) (Phil Lynott playing bass guitar on the track "Free")[citation needed]
  • "Monsters of the Night" (single, 1985)

Band members[edit]

  • Styrbjörn Wahlquist – drums, vocals, percussion (1976–1985)
  • Ragne Wahlquist – guitars, vocals, keyboards (1976–1985)
  • Eddy Malm – guitar, vocals (1979–1985)
  • Torbjörn Ragnesjö – bass guitar (1979–1984)
  • Andreas Fritz – bass guitar (1984-1985)
  • Leif Liljegren – guitar (1979)
  • Eero Koivisto – bass guitar (1979)
  • Dan Molén – bass guitar (1978–1979)
  • Michael Backler – bass guitar (1976–1977)


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. Biography of Heavy Load at AllMusic. Retrieved 2008-12-26.