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Andy LaRocque
ANDY LAROCQUE (real name ANDERS ALLHAGE, born 29 November 1962, Gothenburg
Gothenburg
, Sweden
Sweden
) is best known as a guitarist, songwriter, and occasional synth player for the band King Diamond . CONTENTS * 1 Biography * 2 Discography * 2.1 With E.F. Band * 2.2 With King Diamond * 2.3 With Death * 2.4 With IllWill * 2.5 With X-World/5 * 2.6 As guest musician * 2.7 As producer * 2.7.1 Compilations * 3 References * 4 External links BIOGRAPHYLaRocque started in the Swedish hard rock band Swedish Beauty that later switched names to Swedish Erotica . He also played on the Death album Individual Thought Patterns and the IllWill album Evilution , along with other former members of Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate
. According to Metal-Rules.com, Death's Individual Thought Patterns is the 100th greatest heavy metal album of all time. Also according to Metal-Rules, it is the 11th greatest extreme metal album of all time. It is included in Guitar Player Magazine's Metal Guitar albums Top 20. LaRocque contributed a guitar solo to the track "Cold", featured on the album Slaughter of the Soul by Swedish melodic death metal group At the Gates
At the Gates
. Producer Fredrik Nordström
Fredrik Nordström
was responsible for the idea, and telephoned LaRocque
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Gothenburg
GOTHENBURG (English: /ˈɡɒθənbɜːrɡ/ (_ listen ); Swedish : Göteborg_, pronounced ( listen )) is the second-largest city in Sweden and the fifth-largest in the Nordic countries . Situated by Kattegat , on the west coast of Sweden, the city has a population of approximately 580,000 in the urban area and about 1 million inhabitants in the metropolitan area . Gothenburg was founded as a heavily fortified, primarily Dutch, trading colony, by royal charter in 1621 by King Gustavus Adolphus . In addition to the generous privileges (e.g. tax relaxation) given to his Dutch allies from the then-ongoing Thirty Years\' War , the king also attracted significant numbers of his German and Scottish allies to populate his only town on the western coast. At a key strategic location at the mouth of the Göta älv , where Scandinavia's largest drainage basin enters the sea, the Port of Gothenburg is now the largest port in the Nordic countries. Gothenburg is home to many students, as the city includes the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology . Volvo was founded in Gothenburg in 1927. The original, parent Volvo Group and the now separate Volvo Car Corporation are still headquartered on the island of Hisingen in the city
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Heavy Metal Music
HEAVY METAL (or simply METAL) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom and the United States . With roots in blues rock and psychedelic /acid rock , the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion , extended guitar solos , emphatic beats, and overall loudness. Heavy metal lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo . In 1968, the first heavy metal bands such as Led Zeppelin , Black Sabbath and Deep Purple attracted large audiences, though they were often derided by critics. During the mid-1970s, Judas Priest helped spur the genre's evolution by discarding much of its blues influence; Motörhead introduced a punk rock sensibility and an increasing emphasis on speed. Beginning in the late 1970s, bands in the new wave of British heavy metal such as Iron Maiden and Saxon followed in a similar vein. Before the end of the decade, heavy metal fans became known as "metalheads " or "headbangers ". During the 1980s, glam metal became popular with groups such as Mötley Crüe and Poison
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Death Metal
DEATH METAL is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music . It typically employs heavily distorted and low-tuned guitars, played with techniques such as palm muting and tremolo picking , deep growling vocals and screams , aggressive, powerful drumming featuring double kick or blast beat techniques, minor keys or atonality , abrupt tempo , key , and time signature changes and chromatic chord progressions. The lyrical themes of death metal may invoke slasher film -stylized violence, religion (sometimes Satanism ), occultism , Lovecraftian horror , nature , mysticism , mythology , philosophy, science fiction, and politics, and they may describe extreme acts, including mutilation , dissection , torture , rape , cannibalism , and necrophilia . Building from the musical structure of thrash metal and early black metal , death metal emerged during the mid-1980s. Bands such as Venom , Celtic Frost , Slayer , and Kreator were important influences on the genre's creation. Possessed and Death , along with bands such as Obituary , Autopsy and Morbid Angel , are often considered pioneers of the genre. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, death metal gained more media attention as popular genre niche record labels like Combat , Earache , and Roadrunner , began to sign death metal bands at a rapid rate
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Thrash Metal
THRASH METAL is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its fast tempo and overall aggression. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs , overlaid with shredding -style lead work. The lyrics often deal with social issues and reproach for The Establishment , using direct and denunciatory language, an approach borrowed from hardcore punk . The genre evolved in the early 1980s from combining the fast drum beats and attitude of hardcore with the double bass drumming, heavy and complex guitar style of the new wave of British heavy metal (NWOBHM). It emerged partially as a reaction to the more conventional and widely acceptable glam metal , a less aggressive, pop music–infused heavy metal subgenre which appeared simultaneously. Thrash metal was an inspiration for subsequent extreme genres such as death metal and black metal . Four American bands—Anthrax , Megadeth , Metallica , and Slayer —are credited with pioneering and popularizing the genre. The Clash of the Titans tour (1990–1991), which featured Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax, is considered the genre's pinnacle, after which thrash metal saw a decline in popularity throughout the decade. Thrash metal has seen a resurgence in recent times, with many of the older bands returning to their roots with their new releases
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Melodic Death Metal
MELODIC DEATH METAL (also referred to as MELODEATH) is a subgenre of death metal that employs highly melodic guitar riffs, often borrowing from traditional heavy metal . The style originated and developed in Sweden (pioneered by At the Gates
At the Gates
, Dark Tranquillity and In Flames
In Flames
) and the United Kingdom (pioneered by Carcass ) during the early and mid-1990s. The Swedish death metal scene did much to popularise the style, soon centring in the " Gothenburg
Gothenburg
metal" scene. CONTENTS * 1 Musical characteristics * 2 Origins * 3 Late 1990s and influence on other genres * 4 See also * 5 References MUSICAL CHARACTERISTICS Melodic death metal
Melodic death metal
combines aspects of traditional heavy metal ranging as far as the new wave of British heavy metal , in particular fast riffing and harmonic guitar lines, with the heavily distorted guitars, fast double-bass drum patterns and occasional blast beats of death metal . The vocal style typically combines harsh screaming , sung vocals, and death growls , some artists emphasizing one of these techniques over the rest. ORIGINS _ Carcass , shown here performing at Gods of Metal festival in Bologna, Italy (2008), helped develop the melodic death metal genre with their 1993 album Heartwork _
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Black Metal
BLACK METAL is a style of extreme metal music. Common traits include fast tempos , a shrieking vocal style, heavily distorted guitars played with tremolo picking , raw (lo-fi ) recording, unconventional song structures , and an emphasis on atmosphere. Artists often appear in corpse paint and adopt pseudonyms. During the 1980s, several thrash and death metal bands formed a prototype for black metal. This so-called first wave included bands such as Venom , Bathory , Mercyful Fate , Hellhammer and Celtic Frost . A second wave arose in the early 1990s, spearheaded by Norwegian bands such as Mayhem , Darkthrone , Burzum , Immortal , Emperor , Satyricon and Gorgoroth . The early Norwegian black metal scene developed the style of their forebears into a distinct genre. Norwegian-inspired black metal scenes emerged throughout Europe and North America, although some other scenes developed their own styles independently. Some prominent Swedish bands spawned during this second wave, such as Marduk , Nifelheim and Dark Funeral . Initially a synonym for "Satanic metal," black metal is often met with hostility from mainstream culture, due to the actions and ideologies associated with it. Many artists express extreme anti-Christian and misanthropic views, advocating various forms of Satanism or ethnic paganism
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Neo-classical Metal
NEOCLASSICAL METAL is a subgenre of heavy metal that is heavily influenced by classical music and usually features very technical playing, consisting of elements borrowed from both classical and speed metal music. Deep Purple 's Ritchie Blackmore pioneered the subgenre by merging classical melodies and blues rock . Later, Yngwie Malmsteen became one of the most notable musicians in the subgenre, and contributed greatly to the development of the style in the 1980s. Other notable players in the genre are Randy Rhoads , Jason Becker , Tony MacAlpine , Vinnie Moore , Uli Jon Roth , Stéphan Forté and Timo Tolkki . CONTENTS * 1 Definition * 2 History of the genre and influences * 3 Styles and theory * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 Sources DEFINITION Neoclassical metal takes its name from a broad conception of classical music . In this it is a concept distinct from how neoclassicism is understood within the classical music tradition. Neoclassical music usually refers to a movement in musical modernism which developed roughly a century after the end of the Classical period and peaked during the years in between the two World Wars. On the other hand, neoclassical metal music does not restrict itself to a return to classical aesthetic ideals, such as equilibrium and formalism
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King Diamond (band)
KING DIAMOND is a Danish heavy metal band formed in 1985 by vocalist King Diamond , guitarists Andy LaRocque and Michael Denner , bassist Timi Hansen and drummer Mikkey Dee . Diamond, Denner and Hansen had recently departed the group Mercyful Fate , and decided to form a new band under the King Diamond moniker, as it was already known from the Mercyful Fate days. In 1986, King Diamond released their debut album Fatal Portrait . Since then the band have released a total of twelve studio albums (most of them concept albums ), two live albums , two extended plays , five compilations and five singles . Since the band's inception, there have been over fifteen musicians in and out of King Diamond, with the only two mainstays being vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Andy LaRocque. In 1987 the band released their second studio release Abigail (their first concept album). Throughout the 1980s, King Diamond released a total of four studio albums. In the early 1990s, the band was put on hold when King Diamond reunited with his former outfit Mercyful Fate. After reforming King Diamond in 1994, Diamond would balance recording and touring with both Mercyful Fate and his eponymous band throughout the 90's
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Death (metal Band)
DEATH was an American death metal band from Orlando, Florida , founded in 1983 by guitarist and vocalist Chuck Schuldiner . Death is considered to be one of the most influential bands in heavy metal and a pioneering force in death metal . Its debut album, Scream Bloody Gore , has been widely regarded as the first death metal record, while the band's driving force, Chuck Schuldiner, is acknowledged as the originator of extreme metal . Death had a revolving lineup, with Schuldiner being the sole consistent member. The group's style also progressed, from the raw sound on its early albums to a more sophisticated one in its later stage. The band ceased to exist after Schuldiner died of brain cancer in December 2001, but remains an enduring metal brand. CONTENTS* 1 Biography * 1.1 Early history (1983–1987) * 1.2 Mid-era (1988–1992) * 1.3 The final years (1993–2001) * 1.4 The aftermath (2001–onwards) * 2 Musical style and legacy * 2.1 Band logo * 3 Musicians * 3.1 Final lineup * 3.2 Previous musicians * 3.2.1 Timeline * 4 Discography * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links BIOGRAPHYEARLY HISTORY (1983–1987) Chuck Schuldiner , founder of Death, in 1992 Founded in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner under the original name of Mantas in Orlando, Florida
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At The Gates
AT THE GATES is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg , Sweden. They are a major progenitor of the Gothenburg sound . At the Gates were initially active from 1990 to 1996. In 2007, the band announced a limited reunion tour between April and September 2008. However, they reformed for a second time in 2011, and have since continued to perform live. The band released At War with Reality , their first album in 19 years, in late 2014. CONTENTS* 1 History * 1.1 Early career (1990–1994) * 1.2 Success and breakthrough (1994–1996) * 1.3 Post-breakup (1996–2007) * 1.4 Reunion (2007–2014) * 1.5 At War with Reality (2014–2016) * 1.6 Departure of Anders Björler and sixth studio album (2017–present) * 2 Musical style and lyrics * 3 Awards * 4 Members * 4.1 Timeline * 5 Discography * 6 References * 7 External links HISTORYEARLY CAREER (1990–1994) At the Gates were formed in 1990 by former members of the death /black metal band Grotesque . They recorded a debut EP , Gardens of Grief , for the Dolores record label. The EP led seminal metal label Peaceville Records to sign the band, and they released their debut full-length album, The Red in the Sky Is Ours in 1992
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Sweden
Coordinates : 63°N 16°E / 63°N 16°E / 63; 16 Kingdom of Sweden Konungariket Sverige Flag Greater coat of arms MOTTO: (royal) "För Sverige – i tiden" "For Sweden – With the Times" ANTHEM: _ Du gamla, Du fria _ _Thou ancient, thou free_ ROYAL ANTHEM : _ Kungssången _ _Song of the King_ Location of Sweden (dark green) – in Europe (green "> (green) – Capital and largest city Stockholm 59°21′N 18°4′E / 59.350°N 18.067°E / 59.350; 18.067 OFFICIAL LANGUAGES Swedish ETHNIC GROUPS no official statistics DEMONYM
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Synthesizer (music)
A SYNTHESIZER (often abbreviated as SYNTH, also spelled SYNTHESISER) is an electronic musical instrument that generates electric signals that are converted to sound through instrument amplifiers and loudspeakers or headphones . Synthesizers may either imitate instruments like piano , Hammond organ , flute , vocals ; natural sounds like ocean waves, etc.; or generate new electronic timbres . They are often played with a musical keyboard , but they can be controlled via a variety of other input devices, including music sequencers , instrument controllers , fingerboards , guitar synthesizers , wind controllers , and electronic drums . Synthesizers without built-in controllers are often called sound modules , and are controlled via USB
USB
, MIDI
MIDI
or CV/gate using a controller device, often a MIDI
MIDI
keyboard or other controller. Synthesizers use various methods to generate electronic signals (sounds). Among the most popular waveform synthesis techniques are subtractive synthesis , additive synthesis , wavetable synthesis , frequency modulation synthesis , phase distortion synthesis , physical modeling synthesis and sample-based synthesis
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Swedish Erotica
SWEDISH EROTICA was a Swedish rock band founded in 1985 and disbanded in 1996 . The same members also played in the 90's in the cover band Double Trouble. Former members of Swedish Erotica have played with the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen
Yngwie Malmsteen
, TNT , Vinnie Vincent
Vinnie Vincent
, Treat , Black Ingvars , Shotgun Messiah , John Norum
John Norum
, Talisman and King Diamond . CONTENTS* 1 History * 1.1 Prehistory * 1.2 Formation and early career * 1.3 Record deal and debut album * 1.4 Member replacement and cover bands * 1.5 Second album and split * 1.6 Recent events - the third album * 2 Discography * 3 Members at dissolution * 4 Former members * 5 References HISTORYPREHISTORYThe band was started in 1986 under the name "Swedish Beauty" by the members Magnus Axx (Axelsson, guitar), Ken "Ulf" Sandin (bass), Dag Ingebrigtsen, a former vocalist of the Norwegian band TNT , Dan Stomberg a former guitarist in Madison , and drummer Magnus Nybratt. This line-up recorded a song that ended up on a Norwegian compilation album before Nybratt and Stomberg left the band. They were replaced by Anders Allhage on guitar, best known as Andy La Rocque , guitarist of King Diamond since 1985 and who also played briefly with Death and Megadeth , and Jamie Borger from Treat on drums
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Individual Thought Patterns
INDIVIDUAL THOUGHT PATTERNS is the fifth studio album by American death metal band Death , released on June 22, 1993 by Relativity Records . It is the only album to feature guitarist Andy LaRocque
Andy LaRocque
, the first to feature drummer Gene Hoglan
Gene Hoglan
and the second and last to feature bassist Steve DiGiorgio . Musically the album continues to expand on the technical/progressive style that began with Human , incorporating elements usually associated with free jazz . Just as adventurous are Schuldiner's lyrics which explore human facets including critiques of social norms, constructs and perceptions
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