Björn Gelotte

Björn Gelotte is a songwriter and lead guitarist for the Swedish band In Flames. He joined the band as the drummer in 1995, and continued his position as drummer during The Jester Race (1996) and Whoracle (1997). Gelotte switched to his current position on lead guitar after Glenn Ljungström left the band, sharing lead/rhythm guitar work with former In Flames guitarist Jesper Strömblad.

Björn Gelotte
Gelotte in 2015
Gelotte in 2015
Background information
Birth nameBjörn Ingvar Gelotte[1]
Born (1975-08-27) 27 August 1975 (age 45)
GenresMelodic death metal, alternative metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, bass, drums
Years active1994–present
LabelsNuclear Blast, Ferret Music
Associated actsIn Flames, Sights, All Ends, Pendulum

In March 2004, Björn (along with Jesper Strömblad) were both ranked #70 out of 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of all time by Guitar World.[2]

Other projectsEdit

Before joining In Flames, Björn Gelotte was a member of Flesh of Sights.

He is currently involved in a side project called All Ends, which he and his former In Flames bandmate Jesper Strömblad write the songs for. Björn's sister is one of the singers for All Ends. Neither of them plan to play in the side project live due to In Flames' demanding schedule. He also played guitar on the track "Self Versus Self" by UK/Australian drum and bass act Pendulum, along with his bandmates Anders Fridén and Peter Iwers.

Gelotte did several guest appearances, contributing a guitar solo on the track "Letters From Neverend", from the album Schlacht by the band Avatar, and performing lead guitar for the song "Force of Hand", from the album Atoma by the band Dark Tranquillity.


Björn Gelotte uses a Gibson Les Paul Custom and a custom shop Les Paul, both with EMG 81 (bridge) and EMG 85 (neck) active pickups. The custom shop Les Paul has a few changes to the stock model, such as inlay blocks similar to the Les Paul Supreme. He uses a POD XT and other Line 6 equipment, Dunlop custom strings, and Dunlop .88 MM Tortex picks. On In Flames' albums up to Whoracle, both Björn and co-guitarist Jesper Strömblad exclusively tuned their guitars to C standard. From Colony to Reroute to Remain, In Flames started using Drop A# tuning, on some of the tracks, and on all albums since Soundtrack to Your Escape, In Flames have been using drop A# tuning exclusively. An exception to this, however, is seen on Reroute to Remain, where Björn and Jesper tune their guitars to drop G on the track "Transparent".

In 2015, Epiphone announced the release of a limited edition Björn Gelotte signature Les Paul Custom. It has a mahogany body and neck, ebony fretboard with pearl block inlays, ebony gloss finish, and gold hardware. This model has a thicker "custom '59" neck profile and includes such premium features as Grover tuning machines, gold covered EMG 81 and 85 active pickups, and comes with a hardshell case with custom screen printing. The headstock inlay is a stylized version of the In Flames "jester head" logo.





  • Dunlop strings Custom wound .12, .16, .22, .38, .52, .68 gauge strings (Gelotte's strings have a coating over them because he is allergic to nickel)
  • Dunlop .88 MM Tortex picks
  • Dunlop Ultex Sharp Picks


  1. ^ Björn Ingvar Gelotte (1975-08-27). "Ratsit - gratis upplysning på företag och privatpersoner". Retrieved 2011-10-15.
  2. ^ "GUITAR WORLD's 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists Of All Time". Archived from the original on 2011-09-02.

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