Carl Johan Grimmark

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Carl Johan Grimmark
BornOctober 14, 1977
Gothenburg, Sweden
GenresHeavy metal
Progressive metal
Power metal
Neo-classical metal
Christian metal
InstrumentsGuitar, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Years active1993–present
Associated actsNarnia
Rob Rock
Empire 21
Beautiful Sin
Saviour Machine
WebsiteOfficial Website
Official Myspace

Carl Johan Grimmark (born October 14, 1977) is a Swedish guitarist. He has appeared with several influential Christian metal bands including Narnia, Saviour Machine, and Rob Rock. He recently joined the band Beautiful Sin in 2006. He also has been a special guest guitarist on fellow Narnia bandmate Christian Liljegren's side projects Divinefire and Audiovision. He recently recorded his debut solo album that is set to be titled Grimmark, where he also handles the lead vocals. Grimmark's style of playing, especially on Narnia's earlier work, is often compared to the neo-classical metal stylings of Yngwie Malmsteen[1], or under a more broad genre, neo-classicism.

Grimmark is the main composer in Narnia, and on their album The Great Fall most of the lyrics were written by him. On their other albums the lyrics have been written by their vocalist Christian Liljegren. Grimmark is also given credits as a producer on several of Narnia's albums.

Grimmark has become a highly acclaimed guitarist in the Christian hard rock music genre as more people are exposed to his solid technical abilities, which can be exemplified by the fact that he is credited for playing every instrument on Narnia's first album, Awakening, and his unique approach towards incorporating a neo-classical sound into his music.


German Pascual[edit]

  • The New Beginning (2012)


  • One (2011)


Saviour Machine[edit]

  • Legend Part III:I (2001)
  • Live in Deutschland (2002)
  • Rarities/Revelations (2006)
  • Legend Part III:II (TBA)


  • Guitar Odyssey: Tribute to Yngwie Malmsteen (2001)
  • Return to Fantasy: A Tribute to Uriah Heep (2003)


Rob Rock[edit]

Locomotive Breath[edit]

  • Train of Events (2003)

System Breakdown[edit]

  • 102 (2003)



  • The Calling (2005)


  • Maiden Voyage (2005)

Planet Alliance[edit]

  • Planet Alliance (2006)

Deep Effect[edit]

  • Deep Effect


  • Grimmark (2007)

Solo effort by guitar phenom Carl Johan Grimmark, best known for his work with Melodic Metal band Narnia. This Album is what you would expect from Grimmark, excellent riffs and meaningful lyrics. Also, Grimmark handles vocals himself on this outing.

Empire 21[edit]

  • Empire 21 (2014)


Ricard Hulteke: Vocals

CJ Grimmark: Guitars & Key's

Andreas Ålöv: Bass

John Svensson: Keyboard

Tobias Enbert: Drums

Genre: Melodic Rock/Metal

Origin: Jönköping, Huskvarna, Gothenburg & Borås, Sweden


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