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Dead by April is a Swedish Metalcore band formed in 2007 by ex-Nightrage vocalist Jimmie Strimell and ex-Cipher System guitarist Pontus Hjelm. The band made its musical debut in 2008, when the duo began composing songs which eventually leaked onto some peer-to-peer sites, giving them online recognition in many local scenes. Capitalizing on their online success, they released their self-titled debut album in 2009. They further promoted their music by headlining the Norwegian "Rock mot Rus" festival.


In April 2010, guitarist Pontus Hjelm left the band, though he remained as the primary songwriter for the band. He would later return in 2011, after guitarist Johan Olsson quit the band. They released their follow up album, Incomparable on that year.

On March 18, 2013, vocalist Jimmie Strimell left the band. He was replaced by Christoffer "Stoffe" Andersson. It was announced in November 2013 that their third studio album, Let The World Know will be released in February 2014. On that year vocalist Zandro Santiago and drummer Alexander Swenningson left the band.

In April 2017 the band's fourth studio album, Worlds Collide was released.

Although the band has found minimal mainstream success as of late, they are well-known internationally for their highly melodic, pop-influenced approach to metal, which combines elements from Melodic Death Metal, Nu Metal, Alternative Metal, and 90s Boy Bands.



Current members

  • Jimmie Strimell - screamed/clean vocals (2007-2013; 2017-present)
  • Pontus Hjelm – clean vocals, guitars, keyboards (2007–2010; 2011–present)
  • Marcus Wesslén – bass guitar (2008–present)
  • Marcus Rosell - drums (2014-present)

Session/touring members

  • Joel Nilsson – guitars (2010)
  • Jonas Ekdahl - drums (2010)
  • André Gonzales - guitars (2012-2013)

Former members

  • Christoffer "Stoffe" Anderson - screamed vocals (2013-2017)
  • Zandro Santiago – clean vocals (2010–2014)
  • Alexander Svenningson – drums (2007-2014)
  • Johan Olsson – guitars, backing screams (2007–2010)
  • Henric Carlsson – bass (2007)



Studio albums

  • Dead by April (2009)
  • Incomparable (2011)
  • Let the World Know (2014)
  • Worlds Collide (2017)

Dead By April provides examples of the following tropes

  • Bishōnen Jimmie Strimell
  • Careful with That Axe: Most first-time listeners will instantly fall for Jimmie's pseudo-operatic cleans...then his wild, extremely pissed-off screaming pops out of nowhere.
  • Genre Roulette: One of the more notable examples of this trope in metalcore; they do everything from Linkin Park-esque electro-metal to crushing melodic metalcore to Power Ballads.
  • I Am the Band: Pontus Hjelm. Even though he left in 2010, he remained as the band's creative force. He later rejoined in 2011 as a session member, while still remaining as the band's prmary songwriter.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: They come in at around 5-6, with their softer material going down to as low as 3 or 4 and their heaviest hitting a soft 7. This is because despite the screamed vocals, the melodies are far too light for them to reach 8.
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: A bizarre fusion of In Flames-styled Melodic Death Metal and Pop.
  • Revolving Door Band: A guitarist, a bassist and a vocalist have left the band ever since their start in 2007. Even their founding member, Pontus Hjelm, left the band in 2010, though he did come back in 2011 as a session member.
  • Soprano and Gravel

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