Johan Liiva

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Johan Liiva
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Johan Liiva in 2006.
Background information
Birth name Johan Patrik Mattias Liiva
Born (1970-11-18) 18 November 1970 (age 44)
Helsingborg, Sweden
Genres Death metal, melodic death metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, bass, guitar, drums
Years active 1988–present
Associated acts Carnage, Devourment, Furbowl, Arch Enemy, NonExist, Hearse, Gleb Poro
Website http://johanliiva.se

Johan Patrik Mattias Liiva (born 18 November 1970 in Helsingborg) is a Swedish extreme metal vocalist, most widely recognized as the founding vocalist of popular melodic death metal band Arch Enemy, as well as a former member of Carnage, Furbowl, and NonExist. He is currently working as vocalist with the band Hearse.

Career[edit]

Carnage[edit]

Johan Liiva formed Carnage with his friend Michael Amott in 1988, and appeared on two demo tapes "The Day Man Lost" and "Infestation Of Evil", but left the band before their debut album was recorded in 1990. He went on to form Furbowl as a guitarist/vocalist, with Max Thornell on drums. The band released their debut album Those Shredded Dreams as a two piece on Step One Records in 1992. The album also featured guest solos on two songs by Michael Amott (who also produced the recording). Furbowl would add a guitarist, Nicklas Stenemo, and release their second full length The Autumn Years in 1994 on Black Mark Productions, but the project folded soon after.

Arch Enemy[edit]

After the demise of Furbowl in mid 1990s, Johan once again teamed up with Michael Amott to form the band Arch Enemy in 1996. After releasing their first album Black Earth in Japan that same year, the album became a success, receiving airplay on Japan's MTV Rocks! and in 1998 Arch Enemy were invited to tour Japan, and sign a new deal with Toy's Factory records. Arch Enemy released Stigmata worldwide in 1998, and the band toured for the first time. In 1999, the band released Burning Bridges, and Burning Japan Live 1999, the latter proved to be Johan's last album with Arch Enemy.

After Arch Enemy[edit]

After parting ways with Arch Enemy in November 2000, Johan went on to form the band NonExist with guitarist Johan Reinholdz (Andromeda), and drummer Matte Modin (Dark Funeral, Defleshed). The band only released one album, Deus Deceptor, in 2002 before parting ways.

Johan soon formed the band Hearse, with Mattias Ljung on guitar and ex-Furbowl bandmate Max Thornell on drums. The band have been very active ever since, releasing Dominion Reptilian in 2003 on Hammerheart Records, Armageddon, Mon Amour in 2004 on Candlelight Records, The Last Ordeal in 2005 on Karmageddon Records, and In These Veins on Dental Records in 2006.

Johan Liiva also was featured as guest vocalist on the Canadian Industrial Death Metal act Synastry's debut full length 'Blind Eyes Bleed' on the track 'Visions Of Anger' recorded in 2007 and to be released in 2008.

In 2013 he recorded his first Black Metal track 'R136a1' with Gleb Poro.

Discography[edit]

Max And The Chainsaws[edit]

Carnage[edit]

Furbowl[edit]

Arch Enemy[edit]

NonExist[edit]

Hearse[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Necrony — vocals on Pathological Performances (1993)
  • BirdfleshAlive Autopsy/Trip To The Grave (2001/2004)
  • Manipulated Slaves — backing screams on The Legendary Black Jade (2002)
  • Legen Beltza — vocals on Dimension Of Pain (2006)
  • Synastry — vocals on track "Visions of Anger" from album Blind Eyes Bleed (2008)
  • Oceans of Sadness — on track "In The End" from album The Arrogance of Ignorance (2008)
  • Gleb Poro — on track "R136a1" (2013)

External links[edit]

New title Vocalist for Carnage
1988
Succeeded by
Matti Kärki
Bassist for Carnage
1988
Succeeded by
Johnny Dordevic
Vocalist for Furbowl
Guitarist for Furbowl

1991–1995
Disbanded
Vocalist for Arch Enemy
1996–2000
Succeeded by
Angela Gossow
Preceded by
Michael Amott
Bassist for Arch Enemy
1996
Succeeded by
Martin Bengtsson
New title Vocalist for NonExist
2000–2003
Disbanded
Vocalist for Hearse
since 2001
Incumbent