|Birth name||Christian Älvestam|
April 14, 1976 |
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, drums, bass|
|Associated acts||Solution .45, Scar Symmetry, Universum, Torchbearer, Miseration, Quest of Aidance, Disarmonia Mundi|
Gunnar Christian Älvestam (Born April 14, 1976 in Sweden) is a vocalist, lyricist, guitarist, bassist and drummer for several bands from Sweden. He is, however, best known as the former vocalist for the Swedish metal band Scar Symmetry. He currently performs with several bands, including Solution .45 and Miseration, and has made several guest appearances for other music bands. He is most known in the metal community for possessing both an extreme clean singing range and an ability to growl.
In late 2007 Jani Stefanovic formed Solution .45, with Christian Älvestam (who at this time was still with Scar Symmetry) joining as one of its last members. Jani stresses that despite Christian's presence in the band, it will not be a Scar Symmetry clone and that songs had been ready for some time before his arrival.
Miseration is a Swedish death metal band formed in 2006, and signed to the label Lifeforce. The band is one out of a collection of collaborations with both Jani Stefanovic and Christian Älvestam, who provides vocals.
|Quest of Aidance|
|Red Skies Dawning|
|The Few Against Many|
|EP by Christian Alvestam|
|Released||19 October 2012|
|Genre||Rock, Progressive rock, Pop|
26:38 (Digital version) 38:34 (CD version)43:23 (Vinyl version)
|Label||Pivotal Rockordings LLC|
In addition to his current bands, Christian has also released an EP called Self 2.0, written and produced completely by him. Unlike his traditional work, the album consists entirely of clean vocals. In more detail, Christian explains
"It's not exactly a secret that I have a weak spot for more pop-oriented stuff - especially in the vein of the sound of the '80s," he says. "In fact, I have always been listening to softer music, alongside the heavier stuff, which is probably why my own music so often, unintentionally, tend to end up being a mixture of the two. I simply can't help myself when it comes to merging the aforesaid styles together, it seems. I'd like to call it unavoidable influence, as a direct result of having been indoctrinated with both, from childhood upwards. With that said, fighting against it is not an easy thing, whether you want to or not. At the same time, some would call it a mixed blessing, I guess. Anyhow, I have wanted to do something a bit different from what I usually do for a long time now and that is to make an all-stripped-down and laid-back album, where I use my clean vocals only. You who have followed me since the early days know I've made brief digressions, musically, of that sort before, like the 'Final State' trilogy (UNMOORED) and 'Lethean Tears' (SOLUTION .45), to name a few, so it's not like 'Self 2.0' is me heading out into completely unexplored territory. I've been there before, grubbing in its periphery. Then again, I guess you could see 'Self 2.0' as me going all the way for the first time, if you like!
The album was released on October 19th, 2012.
Self 2.0 track listing
|2.||"Time to Let Go"||4:42|
|3.||"Departure Theme" (CD version only, or on the "Departure Theme" single on iTunes)||5:16|
|5.||"City of Sand Castles" (CD version only, or on the "Departure Theme" single on iTunes)||6:40|
|7.||"En Knippa Ljung"||6:00|
|8.||"Waiting Out the Storm" (Vinyl version only, or on the "Waiting Out the Storm" single on iTunes)||4:49|
Scar Symmetry is a Swedish metal band from Avesta in Dalarna County, formed in 2004. They are currently signed to Nuclear Blast records. Christian sang on the first three albums and although not the lyricist (drummer Henrik Ohlsson instead handled that role), Christian had a major part on writing the vocal melodies on all three albums. He and the band had parted ways due to creative differences and touring conflicts after the release of their third full-length album Holographic Universe, and has since been replaced by Roberth Karlsson and Lars Palmqvist.
- Angel Blake – Clean vocals on the track "Defenseless" from The Descended.
- Bloodbath – Harsh vocals on the track “Iesous” from The Fathomless Mastery.
- Deadlock – Clean vocals on the track “Dying Breed” from Manifesto.
- Demon Hunter – Harsh and clean vocals on the track “Just Breathe” from The World Is a Thorn.
- Disarmonia Mundi – Harsh and clean vocals on the track "Ringside Seat to Human Tragedy" from the 2011 reissue of "Mind Tricks".
- Henrik B – Clean vocals on the track “Now and Forever”.
- Lowbringer – Clean vocals, guitar, drums, and programming on the track "Planting a New Sun"
- Lyriel – Clean and harsh vocals on the track "Black and White" from Skin and Bones.
- Nuclear Blast All-Stars: Out of the Dark – Harsh and clean vocals on the track “The Overshadowing”.
- Sight of Emptiness – Clean vocals on the tracks "Fearless", "Deception", and "Hostility" from Instincts.
- The Project Hate MCMXCIX – Clean vocals on the tracks “You Come to Me Through Hell” and “The Locust Principles” from The Lustrate Process and "Summoning Majestic War" from Bleeding The New Apocalypse (Cum Victriciis In Manibus Armis).
- Universum – Harsh and clean vocals on the tracks "Fractured Archetype", "Sum of the Universe", and "2.0" from Mortuus Machina.
- Zonaria – Clean vocals on the track “Attending Annihilation” from Infamy and the Breed.
- Disarmonia Mundi – Clean vocals on the track "The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner" from the 2015 album "Cold Inferno"
- "Solution .45 Guitarist: We're Not a SCAR SYMMETRY Copy", Blabbermouth.Net, Published Dec. 26, 2008. Accessed on July 20, 2009
- "Miseration", Encyclopaedia Metallum. Accessed On July 20, 2009
- "Tartarean Desire - People - Christian Älvestam". Retrieved August 25, 2009.
- Skin and Bones (Album booklet). Lyriel. Back cover: AFM Records. 2014. AFM 498-9.