Markus Johansson

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Markus Johansson
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Background information
Born (1984-12-22) December 22, 1984 (age 35)
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
Websitejohanssonshreds.com

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], THEM, as well as a session guitarist for various projects.[4]

Biography[edit]

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]

2004-2012[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]

2013-2016[edit]

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.

2017-2018[edit]

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]

2019-2020[edit]

Johansson spent the majority of 2019 and 2020 working on his studio tan and on the debut Repentance album "God For A Day," and THEM's "Return to Hemmersmoor," in addition to several other session projects. He did a short European tour with THEM in spring of 2019. [12]

Equipment[edit]

ESP Guitars, ISP Technologies, FU-Tone, BTPA, Rocktron,[13] Fastback Custom, Cleartone Guitar Strings, Protone Pedals, Two Notes Audio Engineering.

Johannson has his own custom pickup, The Cobra Igniter.[14]

Bands[edit]

Discography[edit]

Sylencer[edit]

THEM[edit]

  • "Fear Them" (2016)[15]
  • "Sweet Hollow" (2016) [16]
  • "Manor of the Seven Gables" (2018)[17]
  • "Back in the Garden Where Death Sleeps" (2019)[18]
  • "Return to Hemmersmoor" (2020)[19]

Knapp/Johansson[edit]

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

4ARM[edit]

  • "Survivalist" (2015)
  • TBA (2020)

Repentance[edit]

  • "God For A Day" (2020)[20]

Evan K[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Submission for Liberty". 4ARM. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  2. ^ "Sylencer". Sylencermusic.com. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  3. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/repentance-feat-stuck-mojo-ex-soil-members-born-to-choose-song/
  4. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/them-feat-symphony-x-suffocation-members-to-release-sweet-hollow-album/
  5. ^ "Sylencer: the Unknown Chicago Musician Who Got An All-Star Lineup of Musicians to Play on His Debut Album". Noisecreep.com. July 17, 2012. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  6. ^ "5 Favorite Guest Guitar Solos by Sylencer's Markus Johansson". Noisecreep.com. September 5, 2012. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  7. ^ "PodOmatic | Best Free Podcasts". Jimsantorashow.podomatic.com. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  8. ^ Sylencer – A Lethal Dose of Truth Album Review. "Sylencer - A Lethal Dose of Truth Album Review | Shattered SpadeShattered Spade". Shatteredspade.com. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2014.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ "Markus Johansson Discography". johanssonshreds.com. September 4, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  10. ^ ["http://shredguyrecords.storenvy.com/products/10332054-knapp-johansson-unborn-spirits-immortal-cd "Shredguy Records Unborn Spirits Immortal"] Check |url= value (help). shredguyrecords.storenvy.com. 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. ^ "Video Premiere: Repentance – 'God for a Day'". decibelmagazine.com. August 11, 2020. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  13. ^ "Rocktron Artists". rocktron.com. June 10, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  14. ^ "Cobra Igniters". "fastbackguitars.com. June 10, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  15. ^ "THEM". johanssonshreds.com. February 28, 2016. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  16. ^ "THEM". bandcamp.com. September 30, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  17. ^ "THEM". crommetal.com. March 12, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  18. ^ "THEM". bandcamp.com. June 7, 2019. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  19. ^ "THEM". steamhammer.de. September 8, 2020. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  20. ^ "Repentance". metalnoise.net. August 7, 2020. Retrieved August 7, 2020.

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