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Fredrik Åkesson


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Fredrik Åkesson is a Swedish heavy metal guitarist. He is a current member of Opeth and active member of Krux, Monsters of Metal and Talisman.

Fredrik has been playing guitar since the age of 12 and his early musical influences include Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth, Yngwie Malmsteen and George Lynch.

Marcel Jacob, Talisman mainman did some auditions in 1992 to find a new guitar player, because Jason Bieler left them to play with Saigon Kick and he finally decided to hire Fredrik who was 19 years old at the time.

He spent almost four years with Talisman and after five records he decided to leave them for the very first time to go into a heavier outfit. With the help of Mats Levén, John Levén and Rickard Evensand they formed a band called Eyeball whom later will change their name into Southpaw.

In 1998 his name is part of a couple of releases: the Southpaw’s debut album and Clockwise’s Naïve. He also recorded with Clockwise a version of the Journey’s classic: Send her my Love to be used on a Tribute album that never saw the light of day until today, unfortunately.

In 2003 he comeback to record and tour with Talisman. He recorded 2 new studio efforts: Cats and Dogs (2003) and 7 (2006) plus a live cd called Five Men Live (2005) who also have been released as DVD as World’s Best Kept Secret.

In 2004, Åkesson filled in for Tiamat’s guitarist Thomas Petersson on tour and was part of the release of The Church of Tiamat DVD, released on 2006. Also he recorded with Sabbtail their second album called Night Church, again with Mats Levén.

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