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Anders Johansson (born 25 May 1962) is a Swedish drummer, best known as the former drummer of HammerFall and Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force. He is the son of jazz pianist Jan Johansson, and brother of Stratovarius and Rainbow keyboardist Jens Johansson.

Anders Johansson
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Anders performing with HammerFall in 2012
Background information
Born (1962-05-25) 25 May 1962 (age 57)
Stockholm, Sweden
GenresPower metal, heavy metal, neoclassical metal
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsDrums, double bass, piano, guitar
Years active1984–present
Associated actsManowar, Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force, HammerFall, Jens Johansson, Fullforce, Art Metal, Final Exit, Narnia

BiographyEdit

Anders Johansson was born in Stockholm. He and his mum and younger brother later moved to Malmö after his father died in a car accident. The first instrument he played was the piano, but at the age of 14, after a bicycle accident, he switched to drums. From 1979 through 1982 he attended an electronics engineering school.

In 1984 he moved to the United States to join his brother Jens in Yngwie Malmsteen's band. He recorded five albums and made five world tours with Malmsteen. After that, he worked with a huge number of artists, including bassist Jonas Hellborg, Benny Jansson, and with his brother Jens (as "The Johansson Brothers"). He initially joined HammerFall on the "Legacy" tour in 1999, at first only as a session drummer but later as a full-time member.

He is co-founder of Heptagon Records with his brother, created to promote their discs, their father's and some other Swedish musicians' work.

Johansson was a guest drummer on Narnia's album The Great Fall. Johansson is best known for his time in Malmsteen's band, besides his former role as HammerFall's drummer. He has been praised for his technical talent, in metal as well as other genres.

Johansson also plays the upright bass (double bass) in a jazz duo together with his brother Jens Johansson.

 
Anders and Jens Johansson performing on double bass

He released his memoirs "Trumslagarpojken" 2016.

Today Anders lives with his family outside Malmö in south Sweden. He is interestred of cars and martial arts.

Now Johansson plays with Manowar, his first concert was in 25.3.2019 in BRNO, Czech Republic.

DiscographyEdit

With Silver MountainEdit

  • Skånsk Rock (1982)
  • Shakin' Brains (1983)
  • Breakin' Chains (2001)

With Yngwie MalmsteenEdit

  • Studio/Live (1985)
  • Marching out (1985)
  • Live in Tokyo (1985)
  • Trilogy (1986)
  • Odyssey (1988)
  • Trial by Fire/Live in Leningrad (1989)
  • Inspiration (1996)

Solo, side projects and session work.Edit

  • Blue Murder: Cry for love (1990)
  • Jens Johansson: Fjäderlösa Tvåfotingar (1991)
  • Raf: Ode to a tractor (with Peter Brötzmann 1992)
  • Shining path: No other world (wity Mudbone Cooper 1993)
  • Sökarna: Sound track (tracks with Chilly White and Power United)
  • Billionaires Boys Club: Something Wicked Comes (1993)
  • Johanssons/Allan Holdsworth: Heavy Machinery (1996)
  • Svullo: Radio KRM (1996)
  • Martin Svensson: Pojkdrömmar (1997)
  • Anders Johansson: Red Shift (1997
  • Jens Johansson: Fission (1998)
  • Mansson: Arch of Decadence (1997)
  • Aces High: Pull no punces (1998)
  • Johansson: Sonic Winter/Johansson Bros (1998)
  • Johansson: The Last Viking (1999)
  • Benny Jansson: Flume Ride (1999)
  • A. Johansson & J. Hydén : Elvis Pelvis (2000)
  • Aces High: Forgive and forget (2001)
  • Empire: Hypnotica (2001)
  • Jason Becker trib: Warmth in the wilderness (2001)
  • Yonna: Heartbeat (2002)
  • Winterlong: The second coming (2003)
  • Blackmore's castle: Space Truckin' (2003)
  • Snake Charmer: Backyard Boogaloo (2003)
  • Magnus Rosén: Imagine a place (2003)
  • Mistheria: Messenger of the god (2004)
  • Owe Thörnqvist: Recovered (2005)
  • Nocturnal rites: Grand illusion (Japanese bonus track) (2005)
  • Empire: Trading Souls (2003)
  • Narnia: The great fall (2003)
  • Planet Alliance: Planet Alliance (2006)
  • Time Requiem: Optical Illusion (2006)
  • Janne Stark: Mountain of Power (2007)
  • Jonas Hellborg, V. Selvaganesh, IA Eklundh, Jens Johansson: Art Metal (2008)
  • Geff: Land of the free (2009)
  • Full Force: One (2011)
  • Full Force: Next level (2012)
  • Joacim Cans: Nu kan mörkret falla (2013)
  • Jens and Anders Johansson: Live in Sweden (2014)
  • Bröderna Johansson: Stilla jul (2017)
  • Storis Limpan Band: Patina (2017)
  • Hulkoff: Kven (2017)
  • Strokkur: Vantablack (2017)
  • Björn Olsson: Måsrock (2018)
  • Anders och Jens Johansson: Nordic blue (2018)
  • Björn Olsson feat. Gustaf Norén: All things together (single) (2019)
  • Björn Olsson: Lättillgänglig fusion (single) (2019)
  • Tungsten: We will rise (2019)

With HammerFallEdit

ManowarEdit

  • EP - “The Final Battle I” (2019)

EquipmentEdit

Cymbals (Meinl)Edit

  • 14" Mb10 Medium Soundwave Hi-Hat
  • 16" Mb10 Medium Crash (x2)
  • 17" Mb10 Medium Crash
  • 18" Mb10 Medium Crash (x3)
  • 17" Mb10 China
  • 19" Mb10 China (x2)

Drums (Tama)Edit

  • Starclassic Bubinga

Drum heads (Evans)Edit

  • G2:s
  • Coated power center reversed dot

Sticks (Promark)Edit

  • 5 B Hickory wood tip

ReferencesEdit

  • "Heptagon Records AB". Archived from the original on 2005-08-25.
  • Official website of HammerFall
  • Official website of Jens Johansson (English)
  • Official website of Jens Johansson (Swedish)
  • Official website of Anders Johansson (English)