Oscar Dronjak

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Oscar Dronjak
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Oscar Dronjak during Hammerfall concert on Masters of Rock 2007 festival.
Background information
Birth nameOscar Fredrick Dronjak
Born (1972-01-20) January 20, 1972 (age 47)
Gothenburg, Sweden
GenresPower metal, heavy metal, thrash metal, black metal, death metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1989–present
LabelsNuclear Blast
Associated actsIn Flames, HammerFall, Crystal Age, Ceremonial Oath

Oscar Fredrick Dronjak (born January 20, 1972) is a Swedish guitarist and founder of the heavy metal band HammerFall. Prior to the success of HammerFall, he also played and released albums with the death metal acts Ceremonial Oath and Crystal Age.


Dronjak was born in the Swedish town of Mölndal to a Serbian father from Belgrade and a Swedish mother.[1] His first instrument was the recorder; he then played trombone for a few years until, at the age of fourteen, he settled on guitar. Soon after, he started his first band, called The Hippie Killers. In 1989 he started a death metal band called Desecrator, which was later renamed Ceremonial Oath. But just before they released their first album, he quit the band. The end of his career in Ceremonial Oath was the beginning of Hammerfall. At first, Oscar's main priority was the death metal band Crystal Age. Thus, Hammerfall was initially merely a side project, where he and some friends were just rehearsing some songs that he had written, one of them being "Steel Meets Steel". But soon, they recorded their first album, called Glory to the Brave. Throughout his career, Oscar has been using Jackson guitars, most notably the Jackson Randy Rhoads, but also ESP Guitars and Washburn. Since 2014, he exclusively plays Sandberg Guitars, with the hammer guitar as a special attraction.

He also performed backing vocals for three In Flames albums: Lunar Strain (on the track "Lunar Strain), Subterranean (on the track "Stand Ablaze") and The Jester Race ("Dead Eternity").


  1. ^ http://lelle666.bloggo.nu/Oscar/. Oscar Fredrick Dronjak, född 20 januari 1972 i Mölndal, är en musiker från Sverige. Hans pappa kommer ursprungligen från Jugoslavien (nuvarande Serbien), Belgrad, och mamma är från Sverige, Göteborg. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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