Since 1987, Lars Johansson has been lead guitarist with Candlemass, the heaviest doom metal band to ever come out of Sweden.
Born and raised in the north of Sweden, Lars started playing guitar at the age of 12, being influenced at that time by – among others – Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore, Jeff Beck and Leslie West. Lars later moved out to the south of Sweden to get serious with music, and, after two years in Stockholm, he met the other guys from Candlemass.
Since then, the band has released 11 studio albums, five live albums, four DVDs and a bunch of other stuff to huge global success. On top of that, Lars has also released some music on his own under names like Zoic, Creozoth and Fat.Mo.Mac. Candlemass has toured Europe, North and South America in its time, and these days concentrates on playing the world’s largest festivals.
Lars has been endorsing Hughes & Kettner since 2005 and is well known for his fluid and aggressive yet sensitive style with a magic mix of classical and bluesy playing.
He plays Hughes & Kettner Switchblade & Coreblade heads and matching 4x12 cabs, and recently also added the GrandMeister 36 to his amp arsenal…