Anders Frid√©n (born 25 March 1973) is the vocalist/lyricist of the Swedish bands In Flames
Frid√©n was originally the drummer for Dark Tranquillity
, but later became their lead vocalist. He performed on their debut album, but left the band soon after. Two years later he joined In Flames
. Coincidentally Mikael Stanne had left In Flames
(being only a session player) and switched from rhythm guitar to lead vocals in Dark Tranquillity
, so the two effectively traded places. Anders was also the lead vocalist for another band known as Ceremonial Oath
with founding father In Flames
bandmate Jesper Str√∂mblad.
1995-present: In Flames
Frid√©n started with In Flames
on the 1995 album The Jester Race. On the album Whoracle, Niklas Sundin (of Dark Tranquillity
) wrote the lyrics following the original synopsis by Frid√©n. On the 1999 album Colony, Frid√©n composed the lyrics himself, though Sundin still assisted by translating his lyrics from Swedish to English. His lyrics have evolved from abstract themes such as astrology and fantasy, to more personal endeavours such as depression and inner struggles.
He is also the vocalist for the band Passenger
as a side project, but has stated recently that he now has very little time for the project, and it is on hold.
Frid√©n also has done guest vocals on the album The Phantom
Novels, by the metal band Grievance. He is the lead vocalist on the tracks Atrocity
Upon Deceptions, A Devil's Rhyme and The Mask
. Although this album was recorded around the same time as In Flames
' 2002 album Reroute to Remain, Anders uses his earlier death growl vocal style rather than the high pitched growls he has currently been using.
In 2007 Frid√©n appeared as a guest vocalist on the Japanese bonus track "See the Falling Sky" on Caliban
's 2007 album "The Awakening
". As well as providing vocals for the track "Dysfunctional Hours" for the 20th anniversary Nuclear
Blast Allstars compilation album, Out of the Dark.
His look changed dramatically following the release of In Flames
2002 release Reroute to Remain. His previously clean-shaven look was replaced with a beard, and his long hair was put into dreadlocks. His vocal style has also changed, especially on the past three records. His low-tone, harsh death growl has evolved into a higher pitched scream, which is now supplemented by clean vocals and layers of backing vocals.
In addition to being a vocalist, Frid√©n is also a producer, with his most recent efforts being the albums: The Undying Darkness
by the band Caliban
in 2006 and Absolute
Design by the band Engel
He also co-wrote and performed scream vocals on the song "Self Versus Self", which appears on the third album of UK/Australian drum and bass band Pendulum
alongside his bandmates Bj√∂rn Gelotte and Peter Iwers.
More recently in the Summer of 2010, Frid√©n changed his appearance again by taking the decision to cut off his dreadlocks which he had grown since the release of Reroute to Remain.
He has a daughter named Agnes and a son named Edwin with Helena Lindsj√∂, his wife. He also has a younger brother named Magnus
who is seen in "The Quiet Place" studio recording session.
Hobbies and interests
Anders is known to watch many DVDs. His favourite quote is, "The one with the most DVDs when you die, wins."
Anders is also an avid whisky collector. In an interview with Metal Hammer, he spoke about how over the years he has acquired a taste for fine whisky, and how "it's stupid to get drunk on fine whisky, there's other stuff for that."
He is a supporter of the Swedish football club IFK G√∂teborg.