Johan Liiva

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Johan Liiva
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Johan Liiva in 2006.
Background information
Birth name Johan Patrik Mattias Liiva
Born (1970-11-18) 18 November 1970 (age 47)
Helsingborg, Sweden
Genres Death metal, melodic death metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, bass, guitar, drums
Years active 1988–present
Associated acts Carnage, Devourment, Furbowl, Arch Enemy, NonExist, Hearse, Gleb Poro

Johan Patrik Mattias Liiva (born 18 November 1970 in Helsingborg) is a Swedish extreme metal vocalist, most widely recognized as the founding vocalist of popular melodic death metal band Arch Enemy, as well as a former member of Carnage, Furbowl, and NonExist. He is currently working as vocalist with the band Hearse and with his former Arch Enemy bandmates in Black Earth.


Personal life[edit]

Johan Liiva is married to Alexandra Adler, who is of Ukrainian origin. The wedding ceremony was held in Ukraine on 14 October 2015.



Johan Liiva formed Carnage with his friend Michael Amott in 1988, and appeared on two demo tapes "The Day Man Lost" and "Infestation Of Evil", but left the band before their debut album was recorded in 1990. He went on to form Furbowl as a guitarist/vocalist, with Max Thornell on drums. The band released their debut album Those Shredded Dreams as a two piece on Step One Records in 1992. The album also featured guest solos on two songs by Michael Amott (who also produced the recording). Furbowl would add a guitarist, Nicklas Stenemo, and release their second full length The Autumn Years in 1994 on Black Mark Production, but the project folded soon after.

Arch Enemy[edit]

After the demise of Furbowl in the mid 1990s, Liiva once again teamed up with Michael Amott to form the band Arch Enemy in 1996. After releasing their first album Black Earth in Japan that same year, the album became a success, receiving airplay on Japan's MTV Rocks! and in 1998 Arch Enemy were invited to tour Japan, and sign a new deal with Toy's Factory records. Arch Enemy released Stigmata worldwide in 1998, and the band toured for the first time. In 1999, the band released Burning Bridges, and Burning Japan Live 1999, the latter proved to be Liiva's last album with Arch Enemy.

After Arch Enemy[edit]

After parting ways with Arch Enemy in November 2000, Liiva went on to form the band NonExist with guitarist Johan Reinholdz (Andromeda), and drummer Matte Modin (Dark Funeral, Defleshed). The band only released one album, Deus Deceptor, in 2002 before parting ways.

Liiva soon formed the band Hearse, with Mattias Ljung on guitar and ex-Furbowl bandmate Max Thornell on drums. The band have been very active ever since, releasing Dominion Reptilian in 2003 on Hammerheart Records, Armageddon, Mon Amour in 2004 on Candlelight Records, The Last Ordeal in 2005 on Karmageddon Records, and In These Veins on Dental Records in 2006.

Johan Liiva also was featured as guest vocalist on the Canadian Industrial Death Metal act Synastry's debut full length 'Blind Eyes Bleed' on the track 'Visions Of Anger' recorded in 2007 and to be released in 2008.

In 2013 he recorded his first Black Metal track 'R136a1' with Gleb Poro.

On 10 October 2015 in Japan Johan Liiva along with former Arch Enemy guitarist Christopher Amott were special guests and performed in Arch Enemy as the original band lineup. They played 3 songs such as "Bury Me an Angel" , "The Immortal" and "Fields Of Desolation". "Fields Of Desolation" was performed by both original and newest lineup.


Max And The Chainsaws[edit]



Arch Enemy[edit]



Guest appearances[edit]

  • Necrony — vocals on Pathological Performances (1993)
  • BirdfleshAlive Autopsy/Trip To The Grave (2001/2004)
  • Manipulated Slaves — backing screams on The Legendary Black Jade (2002)
  • Legen Beltza — vocals on Dimension Of Pain (2006)
  • Synastry — vocals on track "Visions of Anger" from album Blind Eyes Bleed (2008)
  • Oceans of Sadness — on track "In The End" from album The Arrogance of Ignorance (2008)
  • Gleb Poro — on track "R136a1" (2013)
  • Betrayer - on track "In My Heart" from the album Too Loud (2013)

External links[edit]

New title Vocalist for Carnage
Succeeded by
Matti Kärki
Bassist for Carnage
Succeeded by
Johnny Dordevic
Vocalist for Furbowl
Guitarist for Furbowl
Vocalist for Arch Enemy
Succeeded by
Angela Gossow
Preceded by
Michael Amott
Bassist for Arch Enemy
Succeeded by
Martin Bengtsson
New title Vocalist for NonExist
Vocalist for Hearse
since 2001