Expulsion (band)

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Origin Vallentuna, Sweden
Genres Death metal
Years active 1988–1999
Labels Godhead
Dödsmetallfirma Expulsion
Associated acts Treblinka
Mr. Death
Past members Anders Holmberg
Stefan Lagergren
Calle Fransson
Fredrik Thörnqvist
Chelsea Krook
Chris Vowden

Expulsion was a Death metal band from Vallentuna, Sweden that existed from 1988 to 1999. The band gained notability for being one of the earliest Swedish death metal bands, and that two of its members also played in black metal band Treblinka (later named Tiamat).


In June 1988, the thrash metal band River’s Edge recorded the demo Mind the Edge with guest vocalist Johan Edlund from the band Treblinka.[1] Stefan Lagergren (guitar) and Anders Holmberg (bass) continued River’s Edge as Expulsion simultaneously to Treblinka,[2] and recorded two demo cassettes, Cerebral Cessation (1988) and Veiled in the Mists of Mystery (1989). Daniel Ekeroth claims Edlund “helped them out with guest vocals”.[3] Edlund himself stated: “I really don’t remember singing on any Expulsion demos, but I guess I did. Back then we hung out with Tomas Skogsberg at Sunlight Studios whenever a band was recording, and I probably did loads of guest appearances that I have forgotten about.”[3]

The band went on hold when Holmberg joined Tranquility and was reformed in 1991 by Lagergren and Fransson after leaving Tiamat, together with Fredrik Thörnqvist on vocals and Chelsea Krook on bass.[2] Holmberg returned and replaced Krook on the debut 7”[2] A Bitter Twist of Fate that was recorded and released by the band themselves (under the record label alias Dödsmetallfirma Expulsion) in 1993.

The debut album Overflow was released in 1994. Ekeroth claims Johan Edlund was also involved as a guest vocalist on this recording.[2] The second album Man Against followed in 1996. Although never on any tour, the band played concerts together with bands as At The Gates, Grave, Tiamat, Dismember and Nihilist.[citation needed]

After ten years without any success the band split up in 1998. For a brief period, the members switched vocalist from Thörnqvist to Andreas Jansson under the name Judge And Jury, but ultimately split up in 1999.[citation needed]

Musical style[edit]

On the first two demos, Expulsion “sounded like a thrashier Treblinka”, both bands containing Stefan Lagergren and Anders Holmberg and “sound[ing] pretty similar”.[2]

Expulsion have often cited the bands Xecutioner, Athetist and Sadus as prime inspirations to start a death metal band. The combination of these influences, and the slower, doomier, bands such as Candlemass and Paradise Lost formed the basis of Expulsion's sound.[citation needed]




  • Overflow (1994, Godhead)
  • Man Against (1996, Godhead)


  • A Bitter Twist of Fate (1993, Dödsmetallfirma Expulsion)

Demo cassettes[edit]

  • Cerebral Cessation (1988)
  • Veiled in the Mists of Mystery (1989)


  1. ^ Daniel Ekeroth: Swedish Death Metal. Second printing. Brooklyn, NY: Bazillion Points 2009, p. 78.
  2. ^ a b c d e Daniel Ekeroth: Swedish Death Metal. Second printing. Brooklyn, NY: Bazillion Points 2009, p. 345.
  3. ^ a b Daniel Ekeroth: Swedish Death Metal. Second printing. Brooklyn, NY: Bazillion Points 2009, p. 82.