Markus Johansson

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Markus Johansson
Background information
Born (1984-12-22) December 22, 1984 (age 32)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Heavy metal, thrash metal, hard rock, speed metal, power metal, progressive metal,
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals, bass
Years active 2006–present
Associated acts Sylencer, 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] and the lead vocalist and guitarist for Sylencer.[2]


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."[3] In 2009, Markus auditioned with Dying Fetus, but continued on as the lead vocalist and lead guitarist of the band Sylencer.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6] A Lethal Dose of Truth was released independently in September 2012 through Sylencer Records.[7]


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.[8] 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.


ESP Guitars, Rocktron, Panama Guitars, Fastback Custom, Cleartone Guitar Strings, Protone Pedals





  • "Fear Them" (2016)[9]


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


  • "Survivalist" (2015)

Evan K[edit]

  • Blue Lightning (2016), Guest vocals on 'Everything Is Coming Up Roses


  1. ^ "Submission for Liberty". 4ARM. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  2. ^ "Sylencer". Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  3. ^ "Sylencer: the Unknown Chicago Musician Who Got An All-Star Lineup of Musicians to Play on His Debut Album". July 17, 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  4. ^ "5 Favorite Guest Guitar Solos by Sylencer's Markus Johansson". September 5, 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  5. ^ "PodOmatic | Best Free Podcasts". Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  6. ^ 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 2014-04-01. 
  7. ^ "Markus Johansson Discography". 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  8. ^ [" "Shredguy Records Unborn Spirits Immortal"] Check |url= value (help). 2014-06-10. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  9. ^ "THEM". February 28, 2016. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 

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