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The guitarist Anders Björler
was born 1973 in Gothenburg, Sweden. He picked up his first guitar at the age of 16, when exposed to a Fender Stratocaster at a friend’s house.
AT THE GATES (1990-1996 / 2007-)
After numerous hours of practising at his friend’s house, he finally got a guitar for his 17:th birthday. Only months later coming in contact with Tomas Lindberg (Grotesque), Infestation was formed. The same summer (1990), Grotesque split up which led to the formation of At The Gates. Heralded as the pioneers of the ‘Gothenburg Sound’ movement, At The Gates have had a huge impact on the melodic metal scene inspiring numerous bands (for instance Trivium, Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying etc..).Anders did 5 albums with At The Gates and left the band in 1996, only to resurface for a successful reunion in 2008. In January 2014, At The Gates announced that they had signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records, and that they will release ‘At War with Reality’ in the fall of 2014.
THE HAUNTED (1996-2012)
After the split-up of At The Gates in 1996, Anders got together with his twin brother Jonas, Patrik Jensen and At The Gates drummer Adrian Erlandsson to form ‘The Haunted‘. After 7 albums, Anders left the band in 2012 to concentrate fully on At The Gates and his instrumental project.
The Haunted have been nominated for three Swedish Grammy awards and have been awarded two (‘The Haunted Made Me Do It’ (2000) & ‘One Kill Wonder’ (2003).
The Anders Björler instrumental project (2012-)
Focuses mainly around his love for movie soundtracks, especially Italian 60, 70, 80′s cinema from composers like Morricone, Nicolai, Frizzi. This instrumental project also shines a light on his wide variety of musical influences. Everything from classical music, jazz to progressive rock. The debut album Antikythera was released on November 6, 2013. Read the press release info from RAZZIA NOTES RECORDS here
AT THE GATES PRODUCTION (2006-)
The love for cinema also got Anders interested in producing, directing and editing video features and film. He did the documentary “Under a Serpent Sun: The Story of At The Gates” full-length feature, which is included on the DVD “The Flames Of The End“. He also directed the documentaries “Road Kill: On The Road With The Haunted“, “Meshuggah: Konstrukting the Koloss“, “Meshuggah in India” as well as numerous studio reports of bands like IN FLAMES, DARK TRANQUILLITY etc.. For samples of the film & video work, please visit the AT THE GATES PRODUCTION link below!