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Richard Andersson (born 28 March 1972 in Ystad, Sweden) is the founding father of several neoclassical metalbands in Sweden. Amongst his favourite artists are Deep Purple, Rainbow, Jimi Hendrix, Yngwie Malmsteen, Symphony X, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Niccolò Paganini.
As a kid, Andersson taught himself how to play the keyboard. At the age of 7, he was already able to play a lot of work from Mozart and other classical music icons. In the 20 years that followed, he developed an own style that was a mix between classical music and heavy metal. He found himself more and more often writing songs as well. In 1998 he created his first project Majestic and the first album was released in 1999, called Abstract Symphony. In 2000, Trinity Overture followed. The band also did a tour in Japan, and was the support act of bands like the Pretty Maids and Symphony X. He played Keyboards for the French progressive metal band Adagio on their debut album Sanctus Ignis in 2002, recording solo sections.
When - according to himself - Andersson was unable to continue to work with his businesspartners, he stopped with the Majestic-project. Together with some of the former bandmembers from Majestic, a new band was formed called Time Requiem. The album that wore the name Time Requiem was released in 2002. So far, this band has released three albums.
Next to Time Requiem, Andersson also decided to start a new band with old friend Magnus Nilsson. Andersson and Nilsson grew up together and share a lot of musical influences.
Now Andersson has gathered a lot of fans and status, he decided that it would be time to release a Best of so far-CD, that wears the title The Ultimate Andersson Collection CD. He felt the production was a little bit weak on some of the albums, so all the songs have been rerecorded. Göran Edman (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-John Norum) does the vocals.
- Time Requiem (2002)
- Unleashed In Japan (Live Album) (2004)
- The Inner Circle of Reality (2004)
- Optical Illusion (2006)
- Mansson - Arch of Decadence (1999)
- Adagio - Sanctus Ignis (2001)
- Midnight Sun - Metalmachine (2001)
- ZooL - ZooL (2002)
- Silver Seraph - Silver Seraph (2002)
- Karmakanic - Entering the Spectra (2002)
- Evil Masquerade - Welcome to the Show (2004)
- Karmakanic - Wheel of Life (2004)
- Celesty - Legacy of Hate (2004)
- Iron Mask - Hordes of the Brave (2005)
- Evil Masquerade - Theatrical Madness (2005)
- Evil Masquerade - Third Act (2006)
- Angtoria - God Has a Plan for Us All (2006)
- Expedition Delta - Expedition Delta (2008)
- Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Biography: Time Requiem". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
- "Ex-Yngwie Singer Göran Edman To Guest On Richard Andersson CD". Blabbermouth. March 6, 2005. Retrieved 22 March 2010.