As You Drown

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As You Drown
OriginBorås, Sweden
GenresDeath metal, deathcore
Years active2003-present
LabelsMetal Blade Records
MembersHenrik Blomqvist
Mikael Akerstrom
Simon Exner
Martin Latvala
Robert Karlsson

As You Drown (formerly known as Ethereal) is a death metal band formed in Borås, Sweden in the winter of 2003.


The band released demos between 2003 and 2005 and performed some shows supporting fellow European metal bands like Entombed and Vader before encountering their first set of lineup changes.[1]

In 2005 Åkerström decided to focus on his guitar playing, opting to bring in Christopher Ranasen to pick up his vocal duties. They also brought in bassist Robert Karlsson to replace Persson, who was leaving the band to study in Japan. With the lineup solidified, the band further honed its sound, a blend of the technical ferocity of Behemoth with the heaviness of Morbid Angel. In 2007 the band released a demo album titled Demo 2007. In 2008 the band switched singers once again, replacing Ranasen with ex-Shadowbuilder vocalist Henrik Blomqvist. With a new recording project underway and a new lineup, the band decided to change its name, dropping Ethereal and being reborn with its current moniker, As You Drown. In 2009, their debut album, Reflection, was released in Europe and the U.S. by Metal Blade Records.[2] They are currently signed to Metal Blade Records.

In 2010, the band went on tour in Europe as a supporting act for Polish death metal band Vader.

They released an album on October 7, 2011, and the title of the album is Rat King.[3]



  • Henrik Blomqvist - vocals (2008–present)
  • Mikael Åkerström - guitar (2003–present)
  • Simon Exner - guitar (2003–present)
  • Robert Karlsson - bass (2008–present)
  • Martin Latvala - drums (2003–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Christopher Ranasen - vocals (2005-2008)
  • Persson - bass (2005-2007)