Lori Linstruth

Lori Von Linstruth is an American guitarist, lyricist and manager. She currently resides in the Netherlands where she lives with her partner and musical collaborator Arjen Anthony Lucassen. She is also his manager.

Lori Linstruth
Lori Linstruth performing guitar with Stream of Passion in 2006.
Lori Linstruth performing guitar with Stream of Passion in 2006.
Background information
Also known asLori Von Linstruth
OriginSanta Barbara, California
GenresHard rock, heavy metal, industrial metal, progressive metal, neoclassical metal
Instrument(s)Guitar, bass, keyboards
Years activeLate 80s-2010

In addition, Linstruth is the webmaster of Lucassen's official website, a member of his band Guilt Machine (she wrote all the lyrics of their first album On This Perfect Day) and a former member of his former band Stream of Passion. She also co-wrote all the lyrics of the Ayreon album The Theory of Everything, again with Lucassen.

In 2010, Linstruth announced on her blog she was taking a "guitar sabbatical" to focus on other pursuits, such as dog-training, citing a loss of enthusiasm.[1][2]

Personal lifeEdit

She currently resides in the Netherlands where she lives with her partner and musical collaborator Arjen Anthony Lucassen; she previously lived in Sweden.[3] In a 2017 interview, Lucassen mentioned that, in addition to her work with him, she was also an English teacher.[4]



Linstruth first came to prominence in the late 1980s when she was featured in Mike Varney's "Spotlight" column in Guitar Player magazine. She moved from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles and, after a short stint in local band Jaded Lady, formed Warbride along with former Rude Girl drummer Sandy Sledge. Linstruth left Warbride in order to move to Sweden with her then husband and the band continued for a brief period with only one original member, keyboard player Velia Garay.

Linstruth attempted to reform the original Warbride in the early 2000 however, the project was put on hold when Linstruth became more involved in Arjen Anthony Lucassen's projects which led to her becoming a member of Stream of Passion.

Stream of PassionEdit

Around 2004, Linstruth became involved in Arjen Anthony Lucassen's side-project Stream of Passion, touring extensively in 2006 and 2007. Lucassen had discovered her via a video on her website invited her over to his studio to see if some sort of co-operation was possible. He asked her to record some guitar parts for the re-release of his Ayreon album The Final Experiment and liked it, as the result invited her to join Stream of Passion.[3]

Linstruth decided to leave the band in March 2007, following the departure of Lucassen.

Other projectsEdit

In 2006 Linstruth contributed with two solos on the tribute-project Mountain of Power, led by guitarist Janne Stark.

By late 2007, Lori left Sweden and headed for the Netherlands where she became Lucassen's manager.

In February 2009, it was announced that Linstruth would contribute to Lucassen's latest project, Guilt Machine, as a guitarist and lyricist.

In 2010 Linstruth announced in her blog that she had lost her passion of playing guitar and instead would concentrate on dog training.[1][2]

Musical styleEdit

While Linstruth herself promotes Rammstein as one of her main influences, she is also known to be influenced by Uli Jon Roth, Michael Schenker and Yngwie J. Malmsteen.

She uses wah and tremolo effects extensively.



  • Lori Linstruth Demo (2004)

Guilt MachineEdit

Stream of PassionEdit

As guestEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b . Play like a girl http://lorinator.feminoise.com/something-completely-different/. Retrieved 21 February 2013. {{cite news}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ a b . Play like a girl http://lorinator.feminoise.com/best-of-2010-puppy-love/. Retrieved 21 February 2013. {{cite news}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ a b "Stream Of Passion interview". Lords of Metal. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  4. ^ "Arjen A. Lucassen (Ayreon) par email, avril 2017". Metal Orgie. April 2017. Retrieved January 22, 2018.

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