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Jesper Strömblad
Born November 28, 1972 (1972-11-28) (age 37)
Gothenburg, Sweden
Genres Melodic Death Metal, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal
Occupations Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Bass & Turntables (unofficially)
Years active 1989 –
Labels Nuclear Blast, Ferret Music, Wrong Again Records, Regain Records
Associated acts In Flames, Dimension Zero, HammerFall, Sinergy, Ceremonial Oath, All Ends
Notable instruments
Gibson Explorer

Jesper Strömblad (born on November 28, 1972) is the founder and former guitarist of the Swedish melodic death metal band In Flames.

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Background

Strömblad began playing music at age 4, with a violin he played until age 12.[1] At age 12, he no longer considered the violin a 'cool' instrument to play and began playing guitar instead.[1]

Strömblad is known for having played in and been a founding member of a series of bands and side projects. However, In Flames has remained to date his main band. [2][3]

He is known to be an avid World of Warcraft player, even wearing a "WoW" t-shirt on stage at times. Whilst away from home on tour, he regularly plays World of Warcraft on his laptop with his fiancée, Swedish model/BE Wendela, as a way of keeping in touch with her. He also plays a guitar imprinted with the logo for the horde faction from World of Warcraft as can be seen in this picture: Jesper Strömblad's WoW guitar

On 3 February, 2009, the band's website inflames.com announced that Jesper would not be participating in the Australia/South America/Japan tour in order to get treatment for his alcohol abuse problems. Niklas Engelin was announced as his replacement for the tour.

On February 12, 2010, Jesper announced that he was leaving In Flames permanently for personal problems and health issues.

Jespers comment on the situation was “I have decided it is best for me to leave In Flames and to quit the band permanently.

The last 17 years have been a blast, and I am proud to have been part of this great journey, with the most talented and amazing people anyone can wish to have the privilege to work with.

I’m also the luckiest guy in the world, to have the BEST fans in the world, who have been supporting me during my difficult times. It means the world to me, and I’m determined to fight and defeat my demons once and for all.... and by the help from you guys, I’m on my way.

I’m far from done with music, metal, or whatever my direction is taking me, so be sure to hear from me in the future.

… May the Force be with you!" – Jesper Strömblad

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Side projects

Strömblad is currently the bassist and a guitarist of Dimension Zero, a side project which he started with former In Flames guitarist Glenn Ljungström. Strömblad is also currently a member of another side project he started called All Ends, for which he and his In Flames bandmate Björn Gelotte both write the music for. Neither of them plan to play in the side project due to In Flames' demanding schedule, but they continue to aid in writing songs for the band to play. He is also working on a side project together with Roland Johansson, former singer of the Swedish metal band Sonic Syndicate. They are planning to have their first record out in early 2010.

Former bands

Guest appearances

On the Annihilator album, Metal (2007), Strömblad plays a guest solo on the song "Haunted". He also performed a guest solo on "Images of Our Extinction" by the Greek death metal band Exhumation.

Discography

with In Flames

with Dimension Zero

with Ceremonial Oath

with Sinergy

Equipment

Strömblad currently uses Gibson guitars. Before the release of Reroute to Remain, Jesper was an endorser of ESP using his signature variant of the EX series until he switched to Gibson guitars with his fellow bandmate Björn Gelotte. He switched to Gibson for the release of Reroute To Remain, but returned to ESP for the recording of Soundtrack To Your Escape. Stromblad has now returned to Gibson since the release of Come Clarity. Jesper uses the Gibson Flying V and Explorer Voodoo models, as well as some Gibson Gothic Explorer II's.

Jesper is known for using the Peavey 5150/6505 amp.[3] Strömblad also uses a Line 6 rack-mounted POD just like Gelotte.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b Lady Enslain (1999). "Interview with Jesper Strömblad". Enslain. http://members.aol.com/enslain/interviews/inflames.html. Retrieved 2007-06-23. 
  2. ^ Stefanis, John (2004). "Interview: In Flames (Anders Friden and Peter Iwers)". Get Ready to Rock. http://www.getreadytorock.com/pure_metal/in_flames.htm. Retrieved 2007-06-23. 
  3. ^ a b c "In Flames Interview". Metal Pigeon. 2006-07-17. http://www.metalpigeon.com/interview.php?id=27. Retrieved 2007-06-23. 

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