The origins of the Swedish quintet Andromeda can be traced back to 1999 when Johan submitted the demo "Welcome to forever" to the recordlabel WAR-music who wanted to sign a deal. The feeling was mutual and in the autumn that year Andromeda came together as Thomas, Martin and bassplayer Gert Daun and Johan started rehearsing the songs for the EXTENSION OF THE WISH album.
In March 2000 Andromeda entered the Dug-Out studio to cut the album with acclaimed producer Daniel Bergstrand. Vocal duties were handled by Lawrence Mackrory, doing the job as a hired gun. A month later it was mixed and ready, but it wasn´t until February 2001 that EXTENSION OF THE WISH hit the recordshops. In the meanwhile, the Andromeda line-up was completed when David joined the band in August 2000.Containing a dose of heavy, intense yet melodic progressive metal EXTENSION OF THE WISH quickly seized the interest of magazines, webzines and fans.
To support the album the band made a tour of Sweden during the spring and also made a succesful appearance at the Progpower festival in the Netherlands in October. August was spent re-recording the vocals for EXTENSION OF THE WISH, this time by David, remixing the tracks and recording two new tracks for a French release of the album by the label NTS.
It was released in November and Andromeda went on a tour of France together with EVERGREY in February 2001. At this point the band had already began cutting the tracks for their second assault: "II=I". The recordings continued throughout the year with Martin as producer. In August the album was completed, containing a more complex, vocal-oriented style of Andromeda.
In 2003 bass player Fabian Gustavsson replaced Gert, adding his jazz/funk/fusion-flavored playing to the musical palette of the band.
After a world wide release of the album, touring and festival gigs the band began writing material for their upcoming album CHIMERA, and in the spring of 2004 the recordings were initiated. Striving for a simpler, more in-your-face kind of approach, the new material is certainly a step forward for the band, already approved by the Swedish and Turkish crowds.
The third album is once again produced by Martin, going for a rock-solid sound. CHIMERA contains all the elements that Andromeda is built of, but certainly stands out as a new, fresh chapter in the musical evolution of Andromeda and was released world wide during the spring of 2006.
Following the bands european tourdates Andromedas first live DVD PLAYING OFF THE BOARD was released in April 2007. This high quality product has recieved raving reviews and shows what the band is capable of in a live situation.
THE IMMUNITY ZONE is the fourth album, released throughout the world in the fall of 2008. Dark, brutal, energic and intelligent. More of the good stuff!
Another line-up change also took place in 2011, as Fabian Gustavsson left the band after the recording of the fifth album and was replaced by Linus Abrahamson.
In late 2011, the fifth studio album MANIFEST TYRANNY was released along with Andromeda's first ever official video (for the album opening track "Preemptive Strike") and also a single ("Lies 'R' Us"). Following the album the band toured Europe, Israel in 2012 and then back to Europe in 2013 again, finishing off the year with headlining a three-week stadium festival-tour of Vietnam. As a result of the recording of the final show a second, truly magnificent live-DVD entitled LIVE IN VIETNAM is now about to be released. The band is currently working on their sixth studio album.
Extension of the Wish (2001, WAR-music/Century Media/NTS)
II=I (Two is One) (2003, New Hawen Records/Century Media)
Extension of the Wish - Final Extension (2004, New Hawen Records/Century Media)
Chimera (2006, Massacre Records)
Playing off the Board (Live DVD) (2007, Metal Mind Productions)
The Immunity Zone (2008/2009, Nightmare Records)
Manifest Tyranny (2011, Inner Wound Recordings)
Live in Vietnam (2016, Andromeda Records)
Nonexist was formed in 2000 when Johan Reinholdz presented some death/thrashmetal demo-tracks for Bengt ”Wez” Wenedikter of Swedish WAR-music (Darkane, Defleshed, Naglfar etc). Reinholdz' other band Andromeda had recently signed a deal with WAR and now it was time for Nonexist to sign the papers. Ex-Arch Enemy/Furbowl/Carnage vocalist Johan Liiva was recruited along with Dark Funeral/Defleshed-drummer Matte Modin.
With no formal rehearsing under their belts the guys entered Abyss Studios in November 2001 and cut the tracks for the debutalbum Deus Deceptor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltSPYCwxN8k) which was put out on the market in May 2002.
Following the release of the album Nonexist became nonexistent as the members went their separate ways – Reinholdz with Andromeda, Liiva with Hearse and Modin with Dark Funeral and Raised Fist among others. Reinholdz continued to write songs during the years to come, most of which were discarded though.
However, in 2009 a collection of Nonexist-songs that were up to snuff emerged, the title From My Cold Dead Hands came about and Reinholdz started focusing on getting a sophomore album finished. In 2011 Liiva joined the band again and a contract was signed with American label Pivotal Rockorings for a digital release. 2012 was spent cutting the album at Multipass Studios with Reinholdz producing and mixing. From My Cold Dead Hands was finished in September and released in November. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTEPo5i9lYo)
Nonexist made their first gig ever at the Scorched Tundra Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden in December 2012. Around this time, the band's music also made its way onto the videogame Rock Band. Nonexist signed a deal with Maryland-based company Rhythm Authors for selling downloadable songs for Rock Band (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=az8ILXZzOM0)
Early 2013 the band signed with American Abyss Records and Japanese label Trooper Entertainment for a physical release of the album. This edition of From My Cold Dead Hands features three bonus tracks: cover-versions of Coroner's Masked Jackal, Merciless' Realm of the Dark and Eucharist's Greeting Immortality.
In 2014 Nonexist started recording album number three entitled Throne of Scars. It features nine tracks and is produced and mixed by Johan Reinholdz at Multipass Studios with the assistance of Markus Nilsson at Sunnanå Studio in Malmö. The style of the songs retain the atmosphere from the previous album; dark, intense, varied and heavy while also adding some new influences in the mix. Throne of Scars was mixed and ready in April 2015 and during the same time the band signed a deal with Danish label Mighty Music. The album was released by Trooper Entertainment in Japan in August 2015 and in the rest of the world in October by Danish label Mighty Music.
In November 2015 Johan Liiva quit the band and Reinholdz took over the frontman-duties doing both guitar and vocals in the studio and also live - where the band now is active with Faithful Darkness-members Johan Aldgård and Joakim Strandberg Nilsson as well as Andromeda-bassplayer Linus Abrhamson completing the line-up. Nonexist is currently working on an EP called "The New Flesh" which will feature songs from "Throne of Scars" as well as tracks from previous albums with Reinholdz' vocals.
Johan Reinholdz – leadguitar/vocals
Johan Aldgård - rhythm guitar
Linus Abrahamson - bass
Joakim Strandberg Nilsson – drums
Deus Deceptor (2002,Century Media/Toy's Factory)
From My Cold Dead Hands (2012, Pivotal/Tropper Entertainment )
Throne of Scars (2015, Mighty Music/Trooper Entertainment )
The New Flesh EP (forthcoming) (2016, Mighty Music)
Progressive death metal act SKYFIRE formed in the small Swedish town of Höör in 1995. Early on the band’s founders Martin Hanner and Andreas Edlund had a vision of combining epic atmospheric metal with complex song structures, yielding a sound that completely deviated from what the rest of the Swedish scene was doing at the time. SKYFIRE’s unique musical concoction resulted in attention from labels all over the world. ....
SKYFIRE’s debut album Timeless Departure was released by Hammerheart Records in March 2001 and was recorded at Abyss Studios with Tommy Tägtgren. Timeless Departure, a groundbreaking release that received critical acclaim, combined the tasteful use of keyboards to create a symphonic atmosphere with elements of melodic death, black, and power metal.
SKYFIRE followed their debut with Mind Revolution, a slightly more progressive effort in 2003, utilizing Tommy Tägtgren once again as producer. Following a European tour with Ancient Rites, Blood Red Throne, and Thyrfing, SKYFIRE signed with Arise Records. The group's third album, Spectral, was released in May 2004 and was recorded at Studio Underground. Similar to their previous works, Spectral was received with extremely high regard amongst the metal media and the band’s devoted fan base due to its heavy and ominous sound. SKYFIRE embarked on a tour with the legendary Dark Moor, followed by an appearance at the Busan Rock Festival (Arch Enemy, Soilwork, Rage) in South Korea shortly before their departure from Arise Records. ....
After a brief hiatus and a series of member changes, SKYFIRE returned in 2007, signing a multi-album deal with Pivotal Rockordings. The band then regrouped to begin writing their magnum opus. The end result is September 2009’s Esoteric; a masterpiece that not only draws from SKYFIRE’s trademark sound, but also expands on it with orchestral and choir arrangements as well as even more progressive song structures and heavier riffs. SKYFIRE spent two-and-a-half years writing the material for Esoteric, and ended up recording 10 songs at the band’s Powernest Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Esoteric was mixed and mastered by Scar Symmetry’s Jonas Kjellgren at Abyss Studios and features artwork by Pär Olofsson (The Faceless, Exodus). The first SKYFIRE onslaught to hit the streets since 2004 however is the digital-only Fractal EP out in July 2009, which features tracks written between 2004’s Spectral and Esoteric and demonstrates the band’s growth as musicians and a group over those years. It is also the first new SKYFIRE material to feature lead guitarist Johan Reinholdz (Andromeda) and vocalist Joakim Karlsson (Mark:Black).
2009 will see a rejuvenated SKYFIRE—dead set on picking up from where they left off. With Fractal due out in July and Esoteric in September, expect extensive touring and the epic onslaught that only SKYFIRE can deliver. Get ready: SKYFIRE is reborn!
MURDERED BEATS is an upcoming projects of Johan Reinholdz and Sofia Bennrup. The music is inspired by such bands/artists as MASSIVE ATTACK, PORTISHEAD, DEPECHE MODE, GOLDFRAPP, NINE INCH NAILS, RÖYKSOPP, A-HA, COVENANT, KRAFTWERK and FRONT 242. The whole atmosphere and vibe of the music, lyrics, artwork and videos will be dark, suggestive and somberely charismatic.
An EP containing 4 songs is in the making. As of now there is only 1 song released - "Excavating the Egg of Life" along with a video on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40pNpy5C-kU
Stay tuned for more info about MURDERED BEATS!
Since all the bands and projects I've played in contain a lot of guitar-playing, it's nice to take a break from that every now and then. So then I compose material for an electronic solo-project I call Kontinuum.
The style of Kontinuum is sombre and dark, which I love. It's also quite groovy, at times funky as a result of the old-school samples I've used. I'm inspired by artists like Peace Orchestra, Portishead, Angelo Badalamenti, Front 242, Depeche Mode, Ulver, Massive Attack, Forss, stuff like that.