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Stockholm, Sweden (1996 – present)

Grand Magus, formed in 1996 in Stockholm, Sweden, are led by Janne Christofferson (better known as JB), who also fronted the mighty Spiritual Beggars. While the Beggars are more in the traditional Deep Purple/Mountain camp of early rock/metal, Grand Magus originally opted for a bluesy, stoner-laced doom vibe, heavy on the early Black Sabbath riffing and tempos, with JB’s gruff, forceful vocals blending perfectly with the music. Later albums have leaned more towards the straight up heavy metal of the early 1980s, with frequent up-tempo riffs interspersed with their trademark half-time riffs. JB was nominated 6th best international vocalist in the annual Burrn! Reader’s poll of Japan in 2004.

Bass and backing vocals are done by Mats “Fox” Skinner, a founding member of Grand Magus, who is also bassist in Bajen Death Cult.

Ex-Firewind/Spiritual Beggars drummer Ludwig “Ludde” Witt joined the band in early 2012 to record Magus’ sixth studio offering, The Hunt.

Sebastian “Seb” Sippola was the drummer for Grand Magus from April 2006 and left in early 2012, he was also the drummer in Plankton, ex-Fortune, ex-Four Sticks, ex-Southfork, ex-Glenn Hughes.

Fredrik ‘Trisse’ Liefvendahl played drums from 1996 to 2006.

The band have released six albums to date: a self-titled effort in 2001 (re-released in 2005 as an expanded version with three bonus tracks), Monument (2003), Wolf’s Return (2005), Iron Will, released Monday 9th June 2008. In December 2009 Magus signed to Roadrunner Records, with their fifth studio album Hammer Of The North being released in June 2010.


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  • Autistic_Cucoo

    Failure2Conform, you're exactly right. More of "Iron Will" and "Hammer" and less of "Hunt" and "Triumph", please.

    6 Mar 10:17pm Reply
  • Failure2Conform

    They've become one of my favorite bands but recently the last two records have started sounding a bit samey. They peaked with this new uptempo direction with Hammer of The North. I wouldn't mind a return to the slower stuff

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • xdreamx19

    too bad they choose direction of epic metal bullshit

    7 Aug 2014 Reply
  • coogor

    Seen live in Cologne last month. Small club, GM seem not to be motivated, left the stage after just a couple of songs. Better stay with the studio albums....

    27 Apr 2014 Reply
  • DJ_Iron_Fist

    German review:

    2 Apr 2014 Reply
  • monisiowaty

    thank you guys for an amazing concert in of the best in my life !!!!!

    16 Mar 2014 Reply
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    14 Mar 2014 Reply
  • MetalFranker

    Looking forward to see them again with an "Iron Will" on thursday! Been a while since I've seen them @ Baroeg Rotterdam, Netherlands... so now --> Voodoo Loungs, Dublin, Ireland!

    11 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Fistulator

    Is Janne (= JB) (partly) Sweden Finn?

    21 Feb 2014 Reply
  • MetalRock1989

    Good new album 4/5.

    14 Feb 2014 Reply

    Here's another review

    7 Feb 2014 Reply
  • RocknReel

    Triumph and Power review:

    7 Feb 2014 Reply
  • alexi1000

    5th album made the souncheck winner in German MetalHammer the 5th i couldn' t resist/ignore them anymore....and the more i listen the more i' m getting into them....very good almost epic Heavy Metal...:)

    6 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Muinaiset

    I think the new album is excellent. Definitely liking it more than The Hunt.

    5 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Pottseh

    I haven't enjoyed an album this much since Magic Circle's album last year and Graveyard's latest in 2012

    4 Feb 2014 Reply
  • michciu4

    @leololozone666 actually, their last good album was Iron Will

    2 Feb 2014 Reply

    If Manowar wanted to sound like Kyuss....

    1 Feb 2014 Reply
  • leololozone666

    Not impressed at all. Its like heavy metal lite. Better than last album but i'm gonna have to accept that they probably wont make an album as good as Hammer of the North again.

    1 Feb 2014 Reply
  • EquiWish

    It's good, but it didn't do as much for me as their other records, to be honest. at least on first listen. time will tell.

    31 Jan 2014 Reply
  • FlorioWork

    New album is very Manowar, which is a good change from all the black and death metal coming out this year.

    31 Jan 2014 Reply
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