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Andy Sneap
Andy Sneap
(born 18 July 1969) is a British musician, songwriter, guitar player and record producer. He is best known as a Grammy winning producer with over 100 albums produced at his Backstage Recording studios in rural Derbyshire
Derbyshire
and as guitar player of British heavy metal band Hell.[1] He is one of the most active music producers in the metal music genre and has worked with bands such as Judas Priest, Accept, Blaze Bayley, Saxon, Opeth, Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, Exodus, Megadeth, Kataklysm, Kreator, Nevermore
Nevermore
and Testament.[2][3][4] In February 2018, he joined Judas Priest
Judas Priest
as a touring guitarist following Glenn Tipton's announcement that he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease
Parkinson's disease
and that he would no longer be able to tour.[5]

Contents

1 Biography 2 Discography

2.1 As a band member 2.2 Selected production

3 References

Biography[edit] Andy Sneap
Andy Sneap
was born on 18 July 1969 in Belper, Derbyshire, England. He got his first guitar and amplifier from his parents at age 12 as a Christmas present. He started learning guitar with founding Hell member Dave Halliday, who had a huge effect on Andy and left him all the rights to all his songs and equipment in his will following his death.[6] Sneap joined a British heavy metal band called Hydra as the second guitarist when he was 15 years old. But two weeks later, the original guitarist and drummer quit, Simon Negus joined them, and the band's name changed to Sabbat.[7] After disbanding Hydra and forming a new band, they chose Sabbat as the new name, which came from a book on witchcraft.[7] After one year of rehearsing, they recorded a four-track demo tape, Fragments of a Faith Forgotten. Sneap distributed the demo tape to many record companies, but on listening, Berlin-based recording company Noise Records showed interest and asked for more material. In 1987, Noise Records offered the band a recording contract, but the contract could not be signed until Sneap turned 18 years old in July 1987. So they made a plan to start recording the band's first full studio album, History of a Time to Come. Andy wrote all the music while Martin Walkyier was responsible for the lyrics.[8] Sabbat released the album on 20 April 1988 via Noise Records, which received positive attention from journalists and fans alike. In January 1989 Sneap and the other band members entered Sky Trak Studio in Berlin to start recording their second album, Dreamweaver, which was a concept album based on the 1983 book by Brian Bates – The Way of Wyrd: Tales of an Anglo-Saxon Sorcerer. Andy wrote almost all of the music except three songs, which Simon Jones also wrote with Andy. The album has come to be regarded as a classic of the thrash metal genre, which reflects Andy's predilection at that time for increasingly lengthy and progressively technical thrash metal songs. Discography[edit] As a band member[edit]

Band Album details Role Source

Sabbat History of a Time to Come

Label: Noise Records Release date: 20 April 1988

Composer, Guitar, Remastering

Dreamweaver

Label: Noise Records Release date: 15 May 1989

Composer, Guitar, Remastering

Mourning Has Broken

Label: Noise Records Release date: 1991

Composer, Guitar

Hell Human Remains

Label: Nuclear Blast Release date: 13 May 2011

Engineer, Guitar, Mixing, Producer [9]

Curse and Chapter

Label: Nuclear Blast Release date: 2013

Composer, engineer, Guitar, Mixing, Producer [6]

Selected production[edit]

Year Album details Role Source

1994 English Dogs – Bow to None

Label: Impact Records Release date: 1994

Assistant, Mixing [10]

1996 Dearly Beheaded – Temptation Engineer [11]

1997 Exodus – Another Lesson in Violence

Label: Century Media Records Release date: 8 July 1997

Producer [12]

Napalm Death
Napalm Death
– Inside the Torn Apart

Label: Earache
Earache
Records Release date: 3 June 1997

Mixing [13]

Machine Head – The More Things Change

Release date: 25 March 1997

Mixing [14]

1998 English Dogs – All the World's a Rage

Label: Impact Records Release date: 25 August 1998

Producer [15]

Earth Crisis – Breed the Killers

Label: Roadrunner Records Release date: 8 September 1998

Audio Engineer, Audio Production, engineer, Mixing, Producer [16]

Obituary – Dead

Label: Roadrunner Records Release date: 21 April 1998

Mixing [17]

1999 Testament – The Gathering

Label: Burnt Offerings, Spitfire (1999), Prosthetic (2008) Release date: 28 June 1999

Engineer, Mixing [18]

2000 B L A Z E – Silicon Messiah

Label: SPV Release date: 22 May 2000

Engineer, Mastering, Mixing, Producer [19]

Nevermore
Nevermore
– Dead Heart in a Dead World

Label: Century Media Release date: 17 October 2000

Engineer, Mastering, Mixing, Producer [20]

Fozzy
Fozzy
– Fozzy

Label: Palm Pictures / Megaforce Records Release date: 24 October 2000

Mastering, Mixing [21]

2001 Testament – First Strike Still Deadly

Label: Spitfire Records Release date: 24 October 2001

Audio Engineer, Mixing [22]

Kreator
Kreator
– Violent Revolution

Label: Steamhammer Records/SPV Release date: 25 September 2001

Engineer, Mastering, Mixing, Producer [23]

Arch Enemy
Arch Enemy
– Wages of Sin

Label: Century Media Release date: 2 April 2001

Mastering, Mixing [24]

2002 B L A Z E – Tenth Dimension

Label: SPV Release date: 15 January 2002

Engineer, Mastering, Mixing, Producer [25]

Killswitch Engage
Killswitch Engage
– Alive or Just Breathing

Label: Roadrunner Release date: 21 May 2002

Mastering, Mixing [26]

Arch Enemy
Arch Enemy
– Burning Angel

Label: Century Media Release date: 6 March 2002

Mastering, Mixing [27]

Opeth
Opeth
– Deliverance

Label: Koch, Music for Nations Release date: 12 November 2002

Mixing [28]

Masterplan – Enlighten Me

Label: AFM Records Release date: 18 November 2002

Engineer, producer [29]

2003 B L A Z E – As Live as It Gets

Label: SPV Release date: 25 March 2003

Engineer, Mastering, Mixing, Producer [30]

Arch Enemy
Arch Enemy
– Anthems of Rebellion

Label: Century Media Release date: 23 August 2003

Engineer, Mastering, Mixing, Pre-Production, Producer [31]

Artillery – B.A.C.K.

Label: Die Hard music Release date: 15 April 2003

Mixing [32]

Masterplan – Masterplan

Label: AFM Records Release date: 20 January 2003

Engineer, producer [33]

MTV2 Headbangers Ball

Label: Roadrunner Release date: 7 October 2003

Mixing, producer [34]

2004 B L A Z E – Blood & Belief

Label: SPV/Steamhammer Release date: 26 April 2004

Audio Engineer, Audio Production, engineer, Mastering, Mixing, Photography, Producer [35]

Caliban – The Opposite from Within

Label: Roadrunner Release date: 17 October 2004

Audio Engineer, Mastering, Mixing [36]

2005 Trivium – Ascendancy

Label: Roadrunner Release date: 15 March 2005

Mastering, Mixing, Vocals [37]

Soulfly
Soulfly
– Dark Ages

Label: Roadrunner Release date: 4 October 2005

Mixing [38]

Bullet for My Valentine
Bullet for My Valentine
– Hand of Blood

Label: Trustkill Release date: 22 August 2005

Audio Production, Mastering [39]

2006 Kerrang Album

Release date: 11 September 2006

Producer [40]

Into Eternity – The Scattering of Ashes

Label: Century Media Release date: 3 October 2006

Mixing, Mastering [41]

2007 Rise to Addiction – A New Shade of Black for the Soul

Label: Mausoleum Records Release date: 21 May 2007

Audio Production, engineer, Mixing, Producer [42]

Onslaught – Killing Peace

Label: Candlelight Records Release date: 5 March 2007

Mixing, Producer [43]

Annihilator – Metal

Label: SPV/Steamhammer Release date: 16 April 2007

Mixing, Producer [44]

Megadeth
Megadeth
– United Abominations

Label: Roadrunner Release date: 15 May 2007

Audio Engineer, Audio Production, engineer, Mastering, Mixing, Producer [45]

2008 Unearth
Unearth
– The March

Label: Metal Blade Records Release date: 14 October 2008

Mastering, Mixing [46]

2009 Iron Monkey – Our Problem

Label: Earache Release date: 26 May 2009

Engineer, Mixing, Producer [47]

DevilDriver
DevilDriver
– Pray for Villains

Label: Roadrunner Release date: 14 July 2009

Guitar Producer, Mastering, Mixing, Mixing Advisor [48]

2010 Dimmu Borgir
Dimmu Borgir
– Abrahadabra

Label: Nuclear Blast Release date: 22 September 2010

Guest Artist, Mixing [49]

Accept – Blood of the Nations

Label: Nuclear Blast Release date: 20 August 2010

Engineer, Mastering, Mixing, Producer [50]

Slayer – The Big Four: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria

Label: Warner Bros. (U.S.), Vertigo/Mercury (Europe) Release date: 29 October 2010

Mixing [51]

2011 Arch Enemy
Arch Enemy
– Khaos Legions

Label: Century Media Release date: 30 May 2011

Mastering, Mixing [52]

2012 Testament – Dark Roots of Earth

Label: Nuclear Blast Release date: 27 July 2012

Additional Footage, engineer, Mastering, Mixing, Producer [53]

Accept – Stalingrad

Label: Nuclear Blast Release date: 6 April 2012

Engineer, Mastering, Mixing, Producer [54]

2013 Saxon – Sacrifice

Label: UDR Release date: 1 March 2013

Mastering, Mixing [55]

Carcass – Surgical Steel

Label: Nuclear Blast Release date: 13 September 2013

Mastering, Mixing [56]

XXX: Three Decades of Roadrunner Records

Label: Roadrunner Records Release date: 30 September 2013

Mixing, Producer [57]

2014 Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life

Label: Rhino Release date: 25 March 2014 (Japan), 31 March 2014

Engineer [58]

Accept – Blind Rage

Label: Nuclear Blast Release date: 15 August 2014

Mastering, Mixing, Producer [59]

2015 Fear Factory
Fear Factory
– Genexus

Label: Nuclear Blast Release date: 7 August 2015

Mastering, Mixing [60]

2017 Overkill – The Grinding Wheel

Label: Nuclear Blast Release date: 10 February 2017

Mixing [61]

Accept – The Rise of Chaos

Label: Nuclear Blast Release date: 04 August 2017

Mastering, Mixing, Producer [62]

2018 Judas Priest
Judas Priest
– Firepower Producer [63]

References[edit]

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Glenn Tipton
diagnosed with Parkinson's disease". Retrieved 2018-02-12.  ^ a b "HELL: Curse & Chapter Out Today In North America, Andy Sneap Feature In Decibel Magazine". Metal Shock Finland. Retrieved 8 September 2015.  ^ a b M!ck (10 May 1982). "Andy Sneap". Earache.com. Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 2014-07-29.  ^ " History of a Time to Come
History of a Time to Come
– Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 September 2015.  ^ " Andy Sneap
Andy Sneap
Discusses His Role in HELL". Bravewords.com. Retrieved 6 September 2015.  ^ "Bow to None". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "Temptation". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "Another Lesson in Violence". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "Inside the Torn Apart". Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "The More Things Change". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "All the World's a Rage". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "Breed the Killers". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "Dead". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "The Gathering". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "Silicon Messiah". Allmusic. Retrieved 18 March 2018.  ^ "Dead Heart in a Dead World". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "Fozzy". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "First Strike Still Deadly". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "Violent Revolution". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "Wages of Sin". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "Tenth Dimension". Allmusic. Retrieved 18 March 2018.  ^ "Alive or Just Breathing". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "Burning Angel". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "Deliverance". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "Enlighten Me". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "As Live as It Gets". Allmusic. Retrieved 18 March 2018.  ^ "Anthems of Rebellion". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "B.A.C.K." Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "Masterplan". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "MTV2 Headbangers Ball". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "Blood & Belief". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "The Opposite from Within". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "Ascendancy". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "Dark Ages". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "Hand of Blood". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ "Kerrang Album". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 September 2015.  ^ "The Scattering of Ashes". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 September 2015.  ^ "A New Shade of Black for the Soul". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 September 2015.  ^ "Killing Peace". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 September 2015.  ^ "Metal". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 September 2015.  ^ "United Abominations". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 September 2015.  ^ "The March". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 September 2015.  ^ "Our Problem". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 September 2015.  ^ "Pray for Villains". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 September 2015.  ^ "abrahadabra". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 September 2015.  ^ "Blood of the Nations". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 September 2015.  ^ "The Big Four: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 September 2015.  ^ "Khaos Legions". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 September 2015.  ^ "Dark Roots of Earth". Retrieved 6 September 2015.  ^ "Stalingrad". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 September 2015.  ^ "Sacrifice". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 September 2015.  ^ "Surgical Steel". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 September 2015.  ^ "XXX: Three Decades of Roadrunner Records". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 September 2015.  ^ "Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life". Allmusic.  ^ "Blind Rage". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 September 2015.  ^ "Genexus". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 September 2015.  ^ "Nuclear Blast". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2018-02-02.  ^ "ACCEPT To Release 'The Rise Of Chaos' Album In August". Blabbermouth.net. 16 April 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2017.  ^ "JUDAS PRIEST To Release 'Firepower' Album; North American Tour Announced". Blabbermouth.net. October 23, 2017. Retrieved October 29,

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