Skyfire (band)

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Background information
Origin Höör, Sweden
Genres Melodic death metal
Years active 1995–present
Labels Arise, Hammerheart, Pivotal Rockordings
Associated acts Axenstar, Andromeda
Members Martin Hanner
Joakim Jonsson
Johan Reinholdz
Joakim Karlsson
Past members Andreas Edlund
Tobias Björk
Jonas Sjögren
Henrik Wenngren

Skyfire is a melodic death metal band from Höör, Sweden.


Skyfire was formed in the town of Höör, Sweden in 1995 by Andreas Edlund (guitar), Martin Hanner (bass guitar), Jonas Sjögren (guitar) and Tobias Björk (drums). The four were friends since high school and had similar tastes in music. The band recorded two demos: Within Reach and The Final Story. On the second demo, the vocals were performed by Henrik Wenngren. Skyfire got in touch with band members of Thyrfing who helped them find a record label with Dutch label Hammerheart Records. During two weeks in August 2000, Skyfire recorded their debut album Timeless Departure in the Abyss Studio.

In September 2002, the band recorded their second album Mind Revolution, again in the Abyss Studio with new drummer Joakim Jonsson. Mind Revolution was released in 2003 and showed the band's style evolving and branching off into different musical genres. The third album Spectral was recorded at Los Angered and Studio Underground and released on May 10, 2004, by Arise Records.

The vocalist Henrik Wenngren left the band and was replaced by Joakim Karlsson.[1]

On January 7, 2008, Skyfire announced on their official MySpace page that they had signed with a Florida-based label, Pivotal Rockordings, for a three-album deal, and the band entered the recording studio to begin recording their fourth untitled album. Mixing was done by Scar Symmetry's Jonas Kjellgren at Black Lounge Studios.

On May 15, 2009, Skyfire announced a digital only EP entitled Fractal for a July 2009 release. The EP is a collection of B-sides recorded between 2004's Spectral and Esoteric. Fractal was released July 6 for digital download.[2]

Skyfire's fourth album is titled Esoteric, and it was released on September 14, 2009 in the United Kingdom via Pivotal Rockordings.[3] The album was released on September 18, 2009 in the rest of Europe, and in North America on October 13, 2009, due to a scheduling issue.[4] The cover art was created by Pär Olofsson, who also made covers for Brain Drill, Psycroptic, Spawn of Possession, Persuader and others.[5]

On July 4, 2017, the band launched a PledgeMusic campaign to fund their newest EP "Liberation in Death." The campaign was successful, raising the full amount needed in under eight hours.[6]

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Martin Hanner − bass, synthesizers (2004−present); guitar, synthesizers, (1995−2004)
  • Joakim Jonsson − drums, guitar (2001−present)
  • Johan Reinholdz − guitar (2004−present)
  • Joakim Karlsson − vocals (2007−present)

Past members[edit]

  • Andreas Edlund − guitar, synthesizers (1995−2015)
  • Tobias Björk − drums (1995−2001)
  • Jonas Sjögren − bass (1995−2005)
  • Henrik Wenngren − vocals (1998−2007)



Demos and EPs[edit]

  • Within Reach (1998)
  • The Final Story (2000)
  • Haunted by Shadows (2003)
  • Fractal (2009)
  • Liberation in Death (2017)

Studio albums[edit]


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  2. ^ "Skyfire Digital-Only EP Now Available for Download". July 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-10. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Skyfire To Release 'Esoteric' In The Fall". March 4, 2009. Archived from the original on September 10, 2012. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  4. ^ "Skyfire Delays "Esoteric" North American Release Date". July 18, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  5. ^ "Skyfire: 'Esoteric' Artwork Unveiled; Studio Video Footage Available". August 30, 2008. Archived from the original on September 13, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  6. ^ "Liberation In Death EP 2017". July 16, 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-16. 

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