Every album an artist releases means something special to them. After enduring the events that transpired while Swedish metal band Soilwork was recording The Ride Majestic (due Aug. 28 on Nuclear Blast Records), the band’s 10th album has become an especially memorable part of its catalog.
According to vocalist Bjorn “Speed” Strid, “The album is largely inspired by tragic events which occurred in our personal lives this past year. The lyrics reflect on the meaning of existence and the art of coming to terms with the cold, hard fact that everything must come to an end. They deal with solitude, longing, the ability to visualize disaster … In short, the outer and inner darkness that we all experience.
“Just about every member of the band had a death in the family while recording the album,” he adds. “On top of that, a good friend of ours in a very promising and young band called Chronus from Helsingborg [Sweden] also passed away out of nowhere. Nineteen years old. Absolutely terrible.”