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|Genres||Symphonic metal, power metal|
|Labels||DooLittle Group AB, Rivel|
ReinXeed is a symphonic/power metal band from Boden, Sweden. They were formed in 2004 by vocalist Tommy Johansson. They are influenced by soundtrack movies such as Lord of the Rings and bands like Helloween with Michael Kiske, and Rhapsody of Fire.
In 2008, ReinXeed released their first studio album The Light on Rivel Records. This helped ReinXeed land an appearance in Japan where they gained fans. Their second album, Higher, has more mature keyboards effects. The band has 6 full studio albums out. The band is taking a break at the moment.
ReinXeed is led by Tommy Johansson in Boden, Sweden. In 2004, Johansson had a band under the same name, but its line-up and style were different than the band from The Light on where he mixed film soundtrack music with melodic power metal. Drummer, and band leader of the Swedish melodic power metal band Majestic Vanguard, Daniel Eskilsson heard early versions of the songs Johansson posted to his MySpace page and put him in touch with Christian Liljegren of Rivel Records / CM Sweden. Jani Stefanovic from Divinefire and Essence of Sorrow co-produced and mixed the album and handled all the drums on the album. It was released 12 March in Japan, 20 June in Europe, via Rivel Records.
The album allowed Johansson to recruit a band: two guitarists, Kerry Lundberg and Mattias Johansson, keyboardist Henrik Fellermark, drummer Erik Forsgren and bassist Ace Thunder to record and release Higher.
The band's next album, 1912, is a concept album about the Titanic and its sinking. The Japanese edition includes three bonus tracks: "ReinXeed Alliance", "Aces High" (an Iron Maiden cover) and "Pray for Japan", a song written and recorded to support Japan in the aftermath of the 11 March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Welcome to the Theater was released in May 2012. A New World was released in 2013 with a new line up.
- Tommy "ReinXeed" Johannson – vocals, guitars, keyboards, orchestration
- Alexander Oriz – guitar and backing vocals
- Chris David – bass guitar
- Alfred Fridhagen – drums
Musical style and influences
ReinXeed's style is symphonic metal with clean vocals and melodic symphonies. The band cite their influences as Robby Valentine, Michael Kiske-era Helloween, Edguy, Gary Moore, Sebastian Bach-era Skid Row, and movie soundtracks from films such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Time Machine, Stargate and Hook.
- The Light (2008)
- Higher (2009)
- Majestic (2010)
- 1912 (2011)
- Welcome to the Theater (2012)
- A New World (2013)
- On compilation albums
- Swedish Hitz Goes Metal (2011)
- Swedish Hitz Goes Metal Vol.2 (2013)
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