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Andy LaRocque
Andy LaRocque
(real name Anders Allhage, born 29 November 1962, Gothenburg, 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[edit] 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
Individual Thought Patterns
and the IllWill album Evilution, along with other former members of Mercyful Fate. According to Metal-Rules.com, Death's Individual Thought Patterns
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
Slaughter of the Soul
by Swedish melodic death metal group At the Gates. Producer Fredrik Nordström
Fredrik Nordström
was responsible for the idea, and telephoned LaRocque.[1] 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.[1] 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".[1] 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, 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[edit] With E.F. Band[edit]

One Night Stand (1985)

With King Diamond[edit]

Fatal Portrait
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
A Dangerous Meeting
(compilation, 1992) The Spider's Lullabye
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
Give Me Your Soul...Please
(2007)

With Death[edit]

Individual Thought Patterns
Individual Thought Patterns
(1993)

With IllWill[edit]

Evilution (1999)

With X-World/5[edit]

New Universal Order (2008)

As guest musician[edit]

At the Gates
At the Gates
Slaughter of the Soul
Slaughter of the Soul
(1995), guitar solo on "Cold" Dimmu Borgir
Dimmu Borgir
World Misanthropy
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
The Dark Discovery
(1998) Einherjer
Einherjer
Norwegian Native Art
Norwegian Native Art
(2000), guitar solo on "Doomfaring" Falconer – Chapters from a Vale Forlorn
Chapters from a Vale Forlorn
(2002), lead guitar on "Busted to the Floor" Falconer – The Sceptre of Deception
The Sceptre of Deception
(2003), lead guitar on "Hear Me Pray" Falconer – Grime vs. Grandeur
Grime vs. Grandeur
(2005), vocals on bonustrack "Wake Up" Yyrkoon – Unhealthy Opera
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
Darzamat
Solfernus' Path
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")[2] Shining – Redefining Darkness
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"[3]

As producer[edit] Andy LaRocque
Andy LaRocque
owns Sonic Train Studios from 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
Einherjer
Odin Owns Ye All
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
In Search of Truth
(2001) Falconer – Falconer (2001) Falconer – The Sceptre of Deception
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
The Dark Discovery
(2004) – also guitar Evergrey
Evergrey
Solitude, Dominance, Tragedy
Solitude, Dominance, Tragedy
(2004) Melechesh
Melechesh
– Sphynx (2004) – also Guitar Morifade – Domination (2004) Soul Reaper – Liferazer (2004) Dragonland The Battle of the Ivory Plains
The Battle of the Ivory Plains
(2005) Einherjer
Einherjer
Norwegian Native Art
Norwegian Native Art
(2005) – also guitar Falconer – Grime vs. Grandeur
Grime vs. Grandeur
(2005) Sandalinas – Living on the Edge (2005) Runemagick Envenom
Envenom
(2005) Taetre Lord Belial Darzamat
Darzamat
Transkarpatia
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)[4] Shining – Redefining Darkness
Redefining Darkness
(2012)[5] Sandalinas (band) – Power to the People, The Raw E.P (2013) Dreamland (band) – Exit 49 (2009) Darzamat
Darzamat
(band) – Transkarpatia
Transkarpatia
(2005) Trial- Vessel Critical Solution - The Death Lament EP 2014 Critical Solution - Sleepwalker 2015 Deconsecrate - Destroyer Of Worlds 2017 (Single, mastering only)

Compilations[edit]

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[edit]

^ a b c Morgan, Anthony (November 2007). ""The Flames of the End"? – Guitarist Anders Björler
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[edit]

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Sonic Train Studios Official website

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King Diamond

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Michael Denner Timi Hansen Mikkey Dee Mike Moon Pete Blakk Snowy Shaw Sharlee D'Angelo Darrin Anthony Herb Simonsen Chris Estes John Luke Hebert Glen Drover Paul David Harbour Hal Patino Livia Zita

Studio albums

Fatal Portrait Abigail Them Conspiracy The Eye The Spider's Lullabye The Graveyard Voodoo House of God Abigail II: The Revenge The Puppet Master Give Me Your Soul...Please

EPs

The Dark Sides Collector's Item

Live albums

In Concert 1987: Abigail Deadly Lullabyes

Compilations

A Dangerous Meeting Black Rose: 20 Years Ago Nightmare in the Nineties Decade of Horror The Best of King Diamond

Singles

"No Presents for Christmas" "Halloween" "The Family Ghost" "Welcome Home" "It is Time for Tea "Eye of the Witch"

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Studio albums

Scream Bloody Gore Leprosy Spiritual Healing Human Individual Thought Patterns Symbolic The Sound of Perseverance

Live albums

Live in L.A. (Death & Raw) Live in Eindhoven Vivus!

Demos

Death by Metal Reign of Terror Live 12/30/84 Infernal Death Rigor Mortis Back from the Dead Mutilation

Compilations

Fate: The Best of Death

Videos

Live in L.A. (Death & Raw) Live in Eindhoven Live in Cottbus '98

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"Abigail" "Alison Hell" "Bother" "Davidian" "My Last Serenade" "Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr" "Refuse/Resist" "River Runs Red" "Roots Bloody Roots' "Set It Off" "Surfacing" "The End Complete"

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