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Soilwork album inspired by tragedy

Mainman Bjorn ‘Speed’ Strid says losing three people close to band during recording sessions shaped The Ride Majestic

Soilwork mainman Bjorn ‘Speed’ Strid says The Ride Majestic was created amid tragedy within the band.

The album is set for release on August 28 via Nuclear Blast and follows 2013’s The Living Infinite.

And in the first in a documentary series about the recording process, the singer reveals how difficult it was to create their 10th album.

He says: “By the time we entered the studio in Stockholm in January, a member of the band had two deaths in his family, and another had a parent hospitalised with serious conditions.”

A couple of weeks into recording Strid says he received a call from home telling him his grandmother didn’t have long to live. He adds: “She was one of my best friends and always fell asleep to Soilwork. I decided to leave the studio and travel six hours south to say goodbye. It was one of my hardest journeys.”

He continues: “Naturally, all of those tragic events had a huge impact on this record and the way we approached it. Death was more real than ever and we all channeled it into this record.”

The Ride Majestic is available to pre-order, and the band recently released a lyric video for the title track.

They’re currently on a world tour.

The Ride Majestic tracklist

01. The Ride Majestic
02. Alight In The Aftermath
03. Death In General
04. Enemies In Fidelity
05. Petrichor By Sulphur
06. The Phantom
07. The Ride Majestic (Aspire Angelic)
08. Whirl Of pain
09. All Along Echoing Paths
10. Shining Lights
11. Father And Son, Watching The World
12. Of Hollow Dreams
13. Ghosts And Thunder

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