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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

BIOGRAPHY

LaRocque 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. At the Gates' guitarist Anders Björler gave LaRocque an audio cassette recording of the song. The tape played at the wrong speed at LaRocque's house, so LaRocque had to transcribe the recording. Two days after receiving the cassette, LaRocque laid down a guitar solo for the song within half an hour. Björler described the solo as "great" and in a November 2007 interview admitted he still couldn't play the solo "properly".

He can be heard on other albums as well, such as Falconer 's Chapters from a Vale Forlorn , where he performed lead guitars on the song "Busted to the Floor".

He owns a studio called the "Los Angered
Angered
Recordings" in Angered
Angered
, Sweden
Sweden
, since 1995, where he records many albums of other bands. In 2007, Andy moved the studio to Varberg
Varberg
and renamed the studio to "Sonic Train Studios" where he keeps producing bands to this date.

He is well known for his signature guitar style incorporating neoclassical elements into his playing, specially by using exotic scales such as harmonic minor, phrygian dominant, diminished minor scale. His extended theory knowledge makes him able to mix these neo-classical scales with other ones such as blues scale or melodic minor. He has a very distinct guitar tone for his solos, and often incorporates layers of harmonies over his scale runs and phrasing. He frequently uses a mixture of classically flavored arpeggio sequences and alternate picked scale runs intermixed with melody lines to create his signature style. He cites Michael Schenker
Michael Schenker
and Randy Rhoads
Randy Rhoads
as major influences. He also likes Steve Vai , Tony Iommi , and was impressed by the playing of Chuck Schuldiner
Chuck Schuldiner
when he recorded "Individual Thought Patterns" with him.

DISCOGRAPHY

WITH E.F. BAND

* One Night Stand (1985)

WITH KING DIAMOND

* Fatal Portrait (1986) * Abigail (1987) * Them (1988) * The Dark Sides
The Dark Sides
(EP , 1988) * Conspiracy (1989) * The Eye (1990) * In Concert 1987: Abigail (live, 1991) * A Dangerous Meeting (compilation, 1992) * The Spider\'s Lullabye (1995) * The Graveyard (1996) * Voodoo (1998) * House of God (2000) * Abigail II: The Revenge (2002) * The Puppet Master (2003) * Deadly Lullabyes: Live (2004) * Give Me Your Soul...Please (2007)

WITH DEATH

* Individual Thought Patterns (1993)

WITH ILLWILL

* Evilution (1999)

WITH X-WORLD/5

* New Universal Order (2008)

AS GUEST MUSICIAN

* At the Gates
At the Gates
Slaughter of the Soul (1995), guitar solo on "Cold" * Dimmu Borgir
Dimmu Borgir
World Misanthropy (2002), guitar solo on "Devil's Path" (Re-recorded version) * Roadrunner United
Roadrunner United
– (2005), trade off guitar solo on "Constitution Down" * Evergrey
Evergrey
The Dark Discovery (1998) * Einherjer Norwegian Native Art (2000), guitar solo on "Doomfaring" * Falconer – Chapters from a Vale Forlorn (2002), lead guitar on "Busted to the Floor" * Falconer – The Sceptre of Deception (2003), lead guitar on "Hear Me Pray" * Falconer – Grime vs. Grandeur (2005), vocals on bonustrack "Wake Up" * Yyrkoon – Unhealthy Opera (2006), guitar solo on "Horror from the Sea" * Melechesh
Melechesh
– Sphynx (2004), guitar solo on "Purifier of the Stars" * Witchery Witchkrieg
Witchkrieg
(2010), guitar solo on "From Dead to Worse" * Darzamat – Solfernus\' Path (2010), guitar solo on "King of the Burning Anthems" * Critical Solution – Evidence of Things Unseen, guitar solo on "Seek and Destroy" * Critical Solution – Evil Never Dies, Guitar solo on "Killed By Death" and "Seek and Destroy" * Sorrowseed – Nemesis Engine (2013) – guitar solo on "The Sepulcher Legionnaires" * Snowy Shaw
Snowy Shaw
Snowy Shaw
Snowy Shaw
is Alive! (2011) * Sylencer – A Lethal Dose of Truth (2012) (Lead Guitar on "Afflicted") * Shining – Redefining Darkness (2012), second guitar solo on "For the God Below" * Sandalinas – Living on the Edge (2005), fill guitar solo on "If it Wasn't for You" and second guitar solo on "All Along the Everglades * Sandalinas – Fly to the Sun (2008), guitar solo on "The Healer Talks" and co-writer with Jordi Sandalinas of instrumental track "Back From the Light" * Sandalinas – Power to the People, the Raw E.P (2013), co-writer of "Haunted Visions" jointly with Rick Altzi. * Hell:on – The Hunt (2013), guitar solo on "Slaughter Smell"

AS PRODUCER

Andy LaRocque
Andy LaRocque
owns Sonic Train Studios from Varberg
Varberg
, Sweden. Some of the bands and projects which recorded in Sonic Train Studios are: This list is incomplete ; you can help by expanding it .

* Adamas – Evil All Its (2010) * Attick Demons – Atlantis (2011) * Critical Solution – "Evidence of Things Unseen" (2011) * Critical Solution – "Evil Never Dies" (2013) * Ascension – Far Beyond The Stars (2011) * Albatross – Dinner Is You (2010) * Ancient – "Proxima Centauri" (2001) * Swordmaster – Postmortem Tales (1997) * Taetre – The Art * Einherjer Odin Owns Ye All (1998) * Midvinter – At the Sight of the Apocalypse Dragon (1998) * Skymning – Stormchoirs (1998) * Sacramentum – Thy Black Destiny (1999) * Sacramentum – The Coming of Chaos (1997) * Taetre – Out of Emotional Disorder (1999) * The Awesome Machine – It's Ugly or Nothing (2000) – also slide guitar * Astroqueen – Into Submission (2001) * Evergrey
Evergrey
In Search of Truth (2001) * Falconer – Falconer (2001) * Falconer – The Sceptre of Deception (2003) – also guitar * Ironware – Break Out (2003) * Runemagick Darkness Death Doom (2003) – drum producer only * Eidolon – Apostles of Defiance (2004) – also guitar * Evergrey
Evergrey
The Dark Discovery (2004) – also guitar * Evergrey
Evergrey
Solitude, Dominance, Tragedy (2004) * Melechesh
Melechesh
– Sphynx (2004) – also Guitar * Morifade – Domination (2004) * Soul Reaper – Liferazer (2004) * Dragonland The Battle of the Ivory Plains (2005) * Einherjer Norwegian Native Art (2005) – also guitar * Falconer – Grime vs. Grandeur (2005) * Sandalinas – Living on the Edge (2005) * Runemagick Envenom (2005) * Taetre * Lord Belial * Darzamat Transkarpatia (2005) * Hyeronymus Bosch – Equivoke (2007) * XXX – Heaven, Hell
Hell
or Hollywood? (2008) * Siebenburgen – Revelation VI (2008) * Sandalinas (band) – Fly to the Sun (2008) * Tears of Glory – The Innocent Sin of Existence (2008) * Total Death – Somatic (2009) * Tyrantz Empire – Merauderz of The Monolith – The Omega Chapter (2009) * Nefarium – Ad Discipulum (2010) * Shining – Redefining Darkness (2012) * Sandalinas (band) – Power to the People, The Raw E.P (2013) * Dreamland (band) – Exit 49 (2009) * Darzamat (band) – Transkarpatia (2005) * Trial- Vessel * Critical Solution - The Death Lament EP 2014 * Critical Solution - Sleepwalker 2015 * Deconsecrate - Destroyer Of Worlds 2017 (Single, mastering only)

Compilations

* Metalmeister, Vol. 2 (1997) * Deathmeister, Vol. 1 (1998) * Metalmeister, Vol. 3 (1998) * Metal Blade Records
Metal Blade Records
20th Anniversary (2002) * Louder Than the Dragon: The Essential of Limb Music (2004)

REFERENCES

* ^ A B C Morgan, Anthony (November 2007). ""The Flames of the End"? – Guitarist Anders Björler wishes to pen the final chapter in the glorious history of Swedish legends at the Gates". Lucem Fero. Archived from the original on 6 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-07. * ^ http://sylencer.bandcamp.com/ * ^ Redefining Darkness#Additional musicians * ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NFS3DPjC88 * ^ Redefining Darkness#Production

EXTERNAL LINKS

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* Sonic Train Studios * Official website

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