Avatar is a metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. Formed in 2001, the band has released six studio albums, the most recent being Feathers & Flash in 2016. The band has had some success on US rock radio as well, notably with their song "New Land", which peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart in May 2017.
The band was formed in 2001 by drummer John Alfredsson and guitarist Jonas Jarlsby, who at the time were in separate bands. After several lineup changes, the band released two 4 song EP demos in 2004: Personal Observations released on January 18, 2004 and 4 Reasons to Die on November 19, 2004. Avatar's first studio album, Thoughts Of No Tomorrow was released on January 25, 2006 and peaked at #47 on the Sweden Albums Top 60. Several European tours as a supporting act for Impaled Nazarene, Evergrey, and In Flames.
December 2011 saw guitarist Simon Andersson leave the band, being replaced by Tim Öhrström. On January 25, 2012 the album Black Waltz was released in Europe. It reached position 25 on the album list in Avatar's native Sweden.
On June 12th, 2017, Avatar were awarded the Breakthrough Band Award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods.
- Origin Göteborg, Sweden
- Genres Melodic death metal
- Groove metal, Alternative metal...
- Years Active 2001-present
- Labels Gain Music Entertainment, eOne Music
- Johannes Michael Gustaf Eckerström - lead vocals (2001–present)
- Jonas "Kungen" Jarlsby - guitars (2001–present)
- Tim Öhrström - guitars, backing vocals (2012–present)
- Henrik Sandelin - bass, backing vocals (2001–present)
- John Alfredsson - drums (2001–present)
- Simon Andersson - guitar (2001-2011)
- 2006 - Thoughts of No Tomorrow
- 2007 - Schlacht
- 2009 - Avatar
- 2012 - Black Waltz
- 2014 - Hail The Apocalypse
- 2016 - Feathers & Flash
- 2011 - Black Waltz EP
- 2003 - Personal Observations
- 2004 - 4 Reasons to Die
- 2005 - "My Shining Star"
- 2005 - "And I Bid You Farewell"
- 2009 - "The Great Pretender"
- 2012 - "Let it Burn"
- 2012 - "Smells Like a Freakshow #32 Mainstream Rock Songs
- 2014 - "Hail the Apocalypse"
- 2014 - "Bloody Angel" #25 Mainstream Rock Songs
- 2014 - "Vultures Fly"
- 2016 - "The Eagle Has Landed" #16 Mainstream Rock Songs
- 2016 - "Night Never Ending" #31 Mainstream Rock Songs
- 2017 - "New Land" #20 Mainstream Rock Songs