Markus Johansson

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Markus Johansson
Background information
Born (1984-12-22) December 22, 1984 (age 34)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
GenresHeavy metal, thrash metal, hard rock, speed metal, power metal, progressive metal,
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals, bass
Years active2006–present
Associated actsSylencer, 4ARM, THEM

Markus Johansson (born December 22, 1984) is an American heavy metal guitarist and vocalist from Chicago, Illinois. He is currently the lead guitarist for the Australian thrash metal band, 4ARM,[1] lead vocalist and guitarist for Sylencer,[2] and lead guitarist for Repentance[3] and THEM.[4]


Early years[edit]

Johansson is a self-taught lead guitarist from Chicago, Illinois, who began playing guitar when he was 13 years old. At the age of 17, Markus auditioned for Limp Bizkit, to which Fred Durst humorously told him to "go play for Megadeth, instead."[5] In 2009, Markus auditioned with Dying Fetus, but continued on as the lead vocalist and lead guitarist of the band Sylencer.[6]

Recent events[edit]


In the summer of 2004, Johansson founded the band Sylencer and began recording their debut album, "A Lethal Dose of Truth" in 2006. He recruited drummer Kevin Talley and guitarist Larry Tarnowski to round out the lineup for his debut release.[7] The majority of the album was recorded by the end of 2006, Johansson recruited several big names in the heavy metal community which grew to include members of Dream Theater, Anthrax, Dethklok, and nearly a dozen others.[8] A Lethal Dose of Truth was released independently in September 2012 through Sylencer Records.[9]


In the spring of 2014, Johansson collaborated with guitarist Toby Knapp on the instrumental album Unborn Spirits Immortal. The album was released in June 2014 through Shred Guy records.[10] That same year, Markus joined Australian metal band, 4ARM as their lead singer/guitarist and recorded their 2015 album, Survivalist. Currently, Markus is the lead guitarist for the heavy metal band THEM and recorded on their 2016 album, Fear Them. He joined their spring tour which headlined Helloween.


Johansson did several tours with THEM.

  • Harder than Steel (9/30/17)
  • Mountains of Madness (10/20/17)
  • German Swordbrothers Festival (2/14/18)
  • Metalheadz Open Air 2018 (5/11/18)

On May 23, 2018 Johansson joined Repentance and opened for Trivium [11]


ESP Guitars, Rocktron,[12] Fastback Custom, Cleartone Guitar Strings, Protone Pedals.

Johannson has his own custom pickup, The Cobra Igniter.[13]





  • "Fear Them" (2016)[14]
  • "Manor of the Seven Gables" (2018)[15]


  • "Unborn Spirits Immortal" (2014)
  • "Electric Gathering" (2015)


  • "Survivalist" (2015)

Evan K[edit]


  1. ^ "Submission for Liberty". 4ARM. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  2. ^ "Sylencer". Retrieved October 4, 2013.
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  5. ^ "Sylencer: the Unknown Chicago Musician Who Got An All-Star Lineup of Musicians to Play on His Debut Album". July 17, 2012. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  6. ^ "5 Favorite Guest Guitar Solos by Sylencer's Markus Johansson". September 5, 2012. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  7. ^ "PodOmatic | Best Free Podcasts". Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ Sylencer – A Lethal Dose of Truth Album Review. "Sylencer - A Lethal Dose of Truth Album Review | Shattered SpadeShattered Spade". Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ "Markus Johansson Discography". September 4, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  10. ^ [" "Shredguy Records Unborn Spirits Immortal"] Check |url= value (help). June 10, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  11. ^ "Trivium with Toothgrinder and Repentance at The Forge (May 23, 2018)". Concertarchives. May 23, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  12. ^ "Rocktron Artists". June 10, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  13. ^ "Cobra Igniters". " June 10, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  14. ^ "THEM". February 28, 2016. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  15. ^ "THEM". March 12, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.

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