Andy Sneap

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Andy Sneap
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Andy Sneap playing with Judas Priest in 2018
Background information
Born (1969-07-18) 18 July 1969 (age 49)
Derbyshire, England
GenresHeavy metal, thrash metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, sound engineer, record producer, guitarist
Instrumentsguitar
Years active1984–present
Associated actsHell, Sabbat, Judas Priest

Andy Sneap (born 18 July 1969) is a British musician, songwriter, guitar player and record producer. He is best known as a Grammy winning producer with over 100 albums produced at his Backstage Recording studios in rural Derbyshire and as guitar player of British heavy metal band Hell and thrash metal band Sabbat.[1]

He is one of the most active music producers in the metal music genre and has worked with bands such as Judas Priest, Accept, Blaze Bayley, Saxon, Opeth, Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, Exodus, Megadeth, Kataklysm, Kreator, Nevermore, Testament, Carcass, Fear Factory and DevilDriver.[2][3][4] Of his production career, Sneap holds the distinction of having been credited as a producer, mixer or engineer on all five of Testament's albums since The Gathering (1999) – including the collection of re-recorded material First Strike Still Deadly (2001) – as well as all seven of Exodus' releases since the live album Another Lesson in Violence (1997).[4] He also mixed the DVD The Big Four: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria, featuring Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax.[4]

In February 2018, he joined Judas Priest as a touring guitarist following Glenn Tipton's announcement that he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and that he would no longer be able to tour.[5]

Biography[edit]

Andy Sneap was born on 18 July 1969 in Belper, Derbyshire, England. He got his first guitar and amplifier from his parents at age 12 as a Christmas present. He started learning guitar with founding Hell member Dave Halliday, who had a huge effect on Andy and left him all the rights to all his songs and equipment in his will following his death.[6] Sneap joined a British heavy metal band called Hydra as the second guitarist when he was 15 years old. But two weeks later, the original guitarist and drummer quit, Simon Negus joined them, and the band's name changed to Sabbat.[7]

After disbanding Hydra and forming a new band, they chose Sabbat as the new name, which came from a book on witchcraft.[7] After one year of rehearsing, they recorded a four-track demo tape, Fragments of a Faith Forgotten. Sneap distributed the demo tape to many record companies, but on listening, Berlin-based recording company Noise Records showed interest and asked for more material. In 1987, Noise Records offered the band a recording contract, but the contract could not be signed until Sneap turned 18 years old in July 1987. So they made a plan to start recording the band's first full studio album, History of a Time to Come. Andy wrote all the music while Martin Walkyier was responsible for the lyrics.[8] Sabbat released the album on 20 April 1988 via Noise Records, which received positive attention from journalists and fans alike.

In January 1989 Sneap and the other band members entered Sky Trak Studio in Berlin to start recording their second album, Dreamweaver, which was a concept album based on the 1983 book by Brian Bates – The Way of Wyrd: Tales of an Anglo-Saxon Sorcerer. Andy wrote almost all of the music except three songs, which Simon Jones also wrote with Andy. The album has come to be regarded as a classic of the thrash metal genre, which reflects Andy's predilection at that time for increasingly lengthy and progressively technical thrash metal songs.

Discography[edit]

As a band member[edit]

Band Album details Role Source
Sabbat History of a Time to Come
  • Label: Noise Records
  • Release date: 20 April 1988
Composer, Guitar, Remastering
Dreamweaver
  • Label: Noise Records
  • Release date: 15 May 1989
Composer, Guitar, Remastering
Mourning Has Broken
  • Label: Noise Records
  • Release date: 1991
Composer, Guitar
Hell Human Remains
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Release date: 13 May 2011
Engineer, Guitar, Mixing, Producer [9]
Curse and Chapter
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Release date: 2013
Composer, engineer, Guitar, Mixing, Producer [6]

Selected production[edit]

Year Album details Role Source
1994 English DogsBow to None
  • Label: Impact Records
  • Release date: 1994
Assistant, Mixing [10]
1996 Dearly BeheadedTemptation Engineer [11]
1997 ExodusAnother Lesson in Violence Producer [12]
Napalm DeathInside the Torn Apart Mixing [13]
Machine HeadThe More Things Change
  • Release date: 25 March 1997
Mixing [14]
1998 English DogsAll the World's a Rage
  • Label: Impact Records
  • Release date: 25 August 1998
Producer [15]
Earth CrisisBreed the Killers Audio Engineer, Audio Production, engineer, Mixing, Producer [16]
ObituaryDead Mixing [17]
1999 TestamentThe Gathering
  • Label: Burnt Offerings, Spitfire (1999), Prosthetic (2008)
  • Release date: 28 June 1999
Engineer, Mixing [18]
2000 B L A Z ESilicon Messiah
  • Label: SPV
  • Release date: 22 May 2000
Engineer, Mastering, Mixing, Producer [19]
NevermoreDead Heart in a Dead World
  • Label: Century Media
  • Release date: 17 October 2000
Engineer, Mastering, Mixing, Producer [20]
FozzyFozzy
  • Label: Palm Pictures / Megaforce Records
  • Release date: 24 October 2000
Mastering, Mixing [21]
2001 Testament – First Strike Still Deadly Audio Engineer, Mixing [22]
KreatorViolent Revolution
  • Label: Steamhammer Records/SPV
  • Release date: 25 September 2001
Engineer, Mastering, Mixing, Producer [23]
Arch EnemyWages of Sin
  • Label: Century Media
  • Release date: 2 April 2001
Mastering, Mixing [24]
2002 B L A Z ETenth Dimension
  • Label: SPV
  • Release date: 15 January 2002
Engineer, Mastering, Mixing, Producer [25]
Killswitch EngageAlive or Just Breathing
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • Release date: 21 May 2002
Mastering, Mixing [26]
Arch EnemyBurning Angel
  • Label: Century Media
  • Release date: 6 March 2002
Mastering, Mixing [27]
OpethDeliverance
  • Label: Koch, Music for Nations
  • Release date: 12 November 2002
Mixing [28]
MasterplanEnlighten Me
  • Label: AFM Records
  • Release date: 18 November 2002
Engineer, producer [29]
2003 B L A Z EAs Live as It Gets
  • Label: SPV
  • Release date: 25 March 2003
Engineer, Mastering, Mixing, Producer [30]
Arch EnemyAnthems of Rebellion
  • Label: Century Media
  • Release date: 23 August 2003
Engineer, Mastering, Mixing, Pre-Production, Producer [31]
ArtilleryB.A.C.K.
  • Label: Die Hard music
  • Release date: 15 April 2003
Mixing [32]
Masterplan – Masterplan Engineer, producer [33]
MTV2 Headbangers Ball
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • Release date: 7 October 2003
Mixing, producer [34]
2004 B L A Z EBlood & Belief
  • Label: SPV/Steamhammer
  • Release date: 26 April 2004
Audio Engineer, Audio Production, engineer, Mastering, Mixing, Photography, Producer [35]
CalibanThe Opposite from Within
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • Release date: 17 October 2004
Audio Engineer, Mastering, Mixing [36]
2005 TriviumAscendancy
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • Release date: 15 March 2005
Mastering, Mixing, Vocals [37]
SoulflyDark Ages
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • Release date: 4 October 2005
Mixing [38]
Bullet for My ValentineHand of Blood
  • Label: Trustkill
  • Release date: 22 August 2005
Audio Production, Mastering [39]
2006 Kerrang Album
  • Release date: 11 September 2006
Producer [40]
Into EternityThe Scattering of Ashes
  • Label: Century Media
  • Release date: 3 October 2006
Mixing, Mastering [41]
2007 Rise to AddictionA New Shade of Black for the Soul Audio Production, engineer, Mixing, Producer [42]
OnslaughtKilling Peace Mixing, Producer [43]
AnnihilatorMetal
  • Label: SPV/Steamhammer
  • Release date: 16 April 2007
Mixing, Producer [44]
MegadethUnited Abominations
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • Release date: 15 May 2007
Audio Engineer, Audio Production, engineer, Mastering, Mixing, Producer [45]
2008 UnearthThe March Mastering, Mixing [46]
2009 Iron MonkeyOur Problem Engineer, Mixing, Producer [47]
DevilDriverPray for Villains
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • Release date: 14 July 2009
Guitar Producer, Mastering, Mixing, Mixing Advisor [48]
MegadethEndgame
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • Release date: 14 September 2009
Engineer, Mastering, Mixing, Producer [49]
2010 Dimmu BorgirAbrahadabra Guest Artist, Mixing [50]
AcceptBlood of the Nations Engineer, Mastering, Mixing, Producer [51]
SlayerThe Big Four: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Label: Warner Bros. (U.S.), Vertigo/Mercury (Europe)
  • Release date: 29 October 2010
Mixing [52]
2011 Arch EnemyKhaos Legions
  • Label: Century Media
  • Release date: 30 May 2011
Mastering, Mixing [53]
2012 TestamentDark Roots of Earth
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Release date: 27 July 2012
Additional Footage, engineer, Mastering, Mixing, Producer [54]
Accept – Stalingrad
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Release date: 6 April 2012
Engineer, Mastering, Mixing, Producer [55]
2013 SaxonSacrifice
  • Label: UDR
  • Release date: 1 March 2013
Mastering, Mixing [56]
CarcassSurgical Steel
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Release date: 13 September 2013
Mastering, Mixing [57]
XXX: Three Decades of Roadrunner Records Mixing, Producer [58]
2014 Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life
  • Label: Rhino
  • Release date: 25 March 2014 (Japan), 31 March 2014
Engineer [59]
AcceptBlind Rage
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Release date: 15 August 2014
Mastering, Mixing, Producer [60]
2015 Fear FactoryGenexus
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Release date: 7 August 2015
Mastering, Mixing [61]
2017 OverkillThe Grinding Wheel
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Release date: 10 February 2017
Mixing [62]
AcceptThe Rise of Chaos
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Release date: 4 August 2017
Mastering, Mixing, Producer [63]
2018 Judas PriestFirepower Co-Producer (Along with Tom Allom) [64]

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