Nicke Andersson

Last updated

Nicke Andersson
Nicke Andersson.jpg
Nicke Andersson performing with the Hellacopters in 2008.
Background information
Birth nameAnders Niklas Andersson
Also known asNick Royale, Nicke Hellacopter, David Lee Hellacopter, Punk Andersson
Born (1972-08-01) 1 August 1972 (age 47)
Genres Rock, garage rock, hard rock, garage rock revival, punk rock, garage punk, soul, death metal, death 'n' roll, heavy metal, thrash metal, psychedelic rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass guitar, drums, clavinet, percussion
Years active1981–present
LabelsPsychout, Earache, BMG, National, White Jazz, Bad Afro, CBR, Nuclear Blast, polar Music International, Lookout!, Musikexpress, Music for nations, Wild Kingdom, Liquor and Poker Music, Universal, Moon, Easy Action
Associated acts Lucifer, The Hellacopters, Entombed, The Solution, Death Breath, Imperial State Electric, The Hydromatics, Supershit 666, Nihilist, MC5, Stefan Sundström, Dismember, Neil Leyton, Cold Ethyl

Nicke Andersson (also known as Nick Royale born 1 August 1972), is a Swedish singer, guitarist, drummer, songwriter and composer most known for his work as the singer and guitarist of the successful Grammis award-winning rock band The Hellacopters and drummer for Swedish death metal band Entombed. He has also done work as a producer as well as artwork for most the bands he has been involved with. Besides his work with the Hellacopters, Andersson is currently the drummer and songwriter in the soul band The Solution, the death metal band Death Breath, and the hard rock band Lucifer. Andersson has been involved in well over a hundred different official releases with different bands. He is currently touring with his new project, Imperial State Electric. [1] Andersson was also the drummer of Tiamat in 1989, who were under the name of Treblinka, but he was no longer in the group by that year and he did not record any material with them.


Recording career

Andersson's interest began early in life with KISS as his favorite band and soon discovered his childhood friend and future bandmate Kenny Håkanssons father's record collection and bands such as The Ramones and Sex Pistols. His interest soon turned towards heavier music, trading cassettes and vinyl and writing for fanzines. [2] It wasn't long before Andersson started playing music and was soon playing drums and guitars in rock and metal bands such as Brain Dead Bodies, The Breaking, Belsen Barnen, Parodi, Maximal Skandal, Sons of Satan, Blasphemy, Nihilist and a number of other bands.


Andersson formed Nihilist after answering an ad in Heavy Sound, a record store in Stockholm [2] When Nihilist broke up in 1989, the same musicians formed Entombed with a different bass player. Andersson was predominantly the drummer in the band but also contributed with bass, guitars and vocals as well. Entombed took influences from many different genres but mostly from death metal in the band's first two albums Left Hand Path and Clandestine. With their third album the group started incorporating more traditional influences from hard rock and heavy metal and the album Wolverine Blues is widely considered to be the origin of Death 'n' roll. [3]

The Hellacopters

In late 1994, Andersson formed The Hellacopters as a side project together with Dregen, Kenny Håkansson and Robert Eriksson, all of whom earlier had been roadies during Andersson's time in Entombed. In January 1995 they released their first single Killing Allan on their own label Psychout Records. [4] Their first full-length album Supershitty to the Max! was released in 1996 and was recorded in 25 hours and later awarded with a Grammies. The group recruited Anders Lindström and supported KISS on their Scandinavian shows in 1997. The album was followed up the next year with Payin' the Dues. Due to the band's success, Andersson left Entombed to focus full-time on his new band. However the next year guitarist Dregen left The Hellacopters to focus full-time on his other band Backyard Babies. [5] With their third record The Hellacopters changed the direction of their music to a more cleaner sound than the early garage/punk rock style. The band continued to tour with temporary replacements before Robert 'Strings' Dahlqvist joined the band as their full-time guitarist. [6] The band continued to release albums and tour extensively in Scandinavia, Europe and other parts of the world as well as opening up for The Rolling Stones on two shows in 2002. In 2006 The Hellacopters joined forces with The Hives, Backyard Babies, The Soundtrack of Our Lives and Millencolin and embarked on a successful tour throughout Sweden. In 2007 the band announced that they would be breaking up after the release of their 7th full-length album 'Head off', a collection of cover songs which will be followed by a last tour through Europe and Scandinavia. After the breakup of The Hellacopters Andersson is planning on recording a solo record, exactly what direction the album will take is still not decided. [1]

Scott Morgan collaborations

While on tour in USA with The Hellacopters, the band played several shows in the same venue as the former Sonic's Rendezvous Band singer Scott Morgan. This led to the formation of The Hydromatics which went on to release their first record Parts Unknown in 1999. Andersson and Morgan teamed up once again in 2004 this time under the name The Solution to release Communicate which was followed up with Will Not Be Televised in 2007. [7]

Death Breath

In 2005 Death Breath was formed by Andersson and Robert Pehrsson. Soon Scott Carlson and Erik Wallin joined, making the band's lineup complete. The band plays metal music inspired by some of Andersson's favorite early extreme metal bands such as Venom, Autopsy and Celtic Frost. The band released Stinking Up the Night in 2006 and Let It Stink in 2007. [8]

Cold Ethyl

After the breakup of The Hellacopters, Andersson formed Cold Ethyl along with Thomas Eriksson, Tobias Egge and Dolf De Borst from The Datsuns who opened up together with "Demons" for The Hellacopters during the later part of The Tour Before the Fall. The band states that they have no interest in recording or releasing any material at this time and that the only way to experience the band is through their live shows. the band played their first show at Debaser Slussen in Stockholm early 2009 and held a short tenure at the club "Fanclub". [9]

Imperial State Electric

At first a Nicke Andersson solo recording project Imperial State Electric soon evolved into a touring band with the same members as Cold Ethyl. They toured Scandinavia and Europe during 2010–2011 on the back of the first self-titled record (released Jan. 2010). I.S.E played mostly headline shows and festivals but there were also support act slots to KISS and Guns N' Roses. For the recording of the second album "Pop War" (released 9 March 2012) Imperial State Electric was declared a band proper. The "Pop War" tour was unofficially started with two gigs supporting The Hives, one "by invitation only" secret gig on 28 March 2012 and one official The Hives gig three days later. The Imperial State Electric Pop War tour officially started on 4 April at Katalin in Uppsala, Sweden.

Other work

" have Nicke in the band is the piece de resistance you know, cause he is such a solid musician to begin with, just fundamental, knows music, knows chords, knows melodies, his technique is superior and he has the connection to the music. He gets it, you know, he understands how it all works together. So he's able to work with in the context of it and bring something to it."

Wayne Kramer of the MC5. [10]

In 1998 Andersson, together with former bandmate Dregen, Ginger (from The Wildhearts) and Thomas Skogsberg formed Supershit 666, the band's music was very reminiscent of the early Hellacopters sound. [11] The band released a self-titled EP in 1999 but never played live. However Dregen and Ginger have both expressed interest in playing together again, possibly as Supershit 666. [12] After releasing "By the Grace of God", Andersson was invited to join Wayne Kramer and the remaining members of the MC5 for their reunion tour in 2003 and 2004. [13] In 2004 Andersson joined up with Swedish punk veteran Johan Johansson from KSMB and Strindbergs. They released the single (Komma ut ur matchen) NU!. A Swedish version of (Gotta get som action) NOW! They were joined by musicians such as Anders "Boba" Lindström and Dregen from Hellacopters and Sulo from Diamond Dogs. The single also contained the song 8 pm, an English version of the KSMB song Klockan 8. Along with fellow Hellacopter member Robert Dahlqvist, Andersson recorded drums and guitars for Swedish singer/songwriter Stefan Sundströms 2004 album Hjärtats melodi. Apart from being a producer/co-producer with his own bands, Andersson produced Swedish rock band Dollhouse's second album The Royal Rendezevous in Acetone Studio, Stockholm in late 2005. Also at Acetone Studio he played on Neil Leyton's The Betrayal of the Self album along with Backyard Babies's guitarist Dregen. The next year he produced the Backyard Babies fifth studio album People Like People Like People Like Us. [14] In 2009, it has been announced that Andersson and Neil Leyton have a side-project called The Point, with a 7" single titled "Give it a try" due to be released in the spring of 2010.

Musical equipment



Band timeline

Selected discography

1988MezzrowFrozen Soul (Demo)Bass
1989MezzrowThe Cross of Tormention (Demo)Bass
1990 Entombed Left Hand Path Drums, bass, artwork
1991 Dismember Like an Ever Flowing Stream Lead guitar
1991 Entombed Clandestine Drums, lead vocals, artwork
1993 Entombed Hollowman Drums, arrangements
1993 Entombed Wolverine Blues Drums, guitar, artwork
1996 The Hellacopters Supershitty to the Max! Vocals, guitar, maracas
1996 Daemon Seven Deadly SinsGuitars, drums
1997 Entombed DCLXVI: To Ride Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth Drums, percussion
1997 Entombed Entombed Drums, guitar
1997 The Hellacopters Payin' the Dues Vocals, guitar, piano, percussion
1997 Entombed Wreckage Drums
1997 The Hellacopters/Gluecifer Respect the RockVocals, guitar
1998 The Backyard Babies Total13 Songwriting
1998 Electric Frankenstein/Hellacopters Electric Frankenstein Vs. The HellacoptersVocals guitar
1999 The Hellacopters Grande Rock Vocals, guitar
1999 Supershit 666 Supershit 666Drums
1999 The Hydromatics Part UnknownDrums, percussion backing vocals
1999 The Hydromatics Fluid DriveDrums, percussion
2000 The Hellacopters High Visibility Vocals, guitar, clavinet, percussion
2000 The Hellacopters Cream of the Crap Vol. 1 Vocals, guitar
2001 The Hellacopters/The Flaming Sideburns White Trash SoulVocals, guitar
2002 The Hellacopters By the Grace of God Vocals, guitar, percussion, piano
2002 Entombed Sons of Satan Praise the Lord Drums
2002 The Hellacopters Cream of the Crap Vol. 2 Vocals, guitar
2003MensenOslo CityMixing, percussion
2004 Kurt-Sunes med Helveteshundarna (Komma Ut Ur Matchen) NU!Guitar, vocals
2004 The Solution Communicate! Production, drums, percussion, guitar, backing vocals
2004 MC5 Purity AccuracyGuitar, vocals
2004 Stefan Sundström Hjärtats MelodiDrums, backing vocals
2005 The Hellacopters Rock & Roll Is Dead Vocals, guitar, percussion, piano
2005 Nihilist Nihlist (1987–1989)Drums, guitar, artwork
2005DollhouseThe Royal RendezevouzProduction
2006 Death Breath Stinking Up the Night Drums, guitar
2006 Neil Leyton The Betrayal of the SelfGuitar
2006 Jeff Walker Und Die Flüffers Welcome To Carcass CuntryVocals
2006 The Hellacopters Air Raid Serenades Vocals, guitar, percussion
2006 Backyard Babies People Like People Like People Like Us Production
2007 Death Breath Let It Stink Drums, guitar, bass
2007 The Solution Will Not Be Televised Production, drums, percussion, guitar, backing vocals, mixing, artwork
2008 The Hellacopters Head Off Vocals, guitar, percussion
2008BulletBite the BulletMixing
2009 The Bitter Twins Global Panic!Lead guitar, vocals
2010 Imperial State Electric Imperial State Electric Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, percussion, keyboard
2010 Stefan Sundström 5 Dagar i AugustiPiano, backing vocals, percussion
2010NecronautNecronautLead guitar
2011 Imperial State Electric In Concert! EPVocals, guitar
2011 Stefan Sundström Jonny Dunders Elektriska Circus Live!Piano
2011 Morbus Chron Sleepers in the RiftProducer, Recording, Engineering, Mixing
2012'77High DecibelsProduction, mixing, additional vocals
2012 Imperial State Electric Pop WarVocals, guitar, production, engineering, artwork
2013 Imperial State Electric Reptile Brain MusicVocals, guitar, production, engineering, artwork
2013 Imperial State Electric Radio ElectricVocals, guitar, production, engineering, artwork
2014 Imperial State Electric Eyes EPVocals, guitar, production, engineering, artwork
2015 Imperial State Electric Honk MachineVocals, guitar, production, engineering, artwork
2015Honeymoon DiseaseThe TranscendenceCo-Producer
2016 Imperial State Electric All Through the NightVocals, guitar, production, engineering, artwork
2018 Imperial State Electric Anywhere Loud (Live)Vocals, guitar, production, engineering, artwork
2018 Lucifer Lucifer IIDrums, guitar, bass

Related Research Articles

Entombed (band) Swedish death metal band

Entombed is a Swedish death metal band formed in 1987 under the name of Nihilist. Entombed began their career as an early pioneer of Scandinavian death metal which initially differed from its American counterpart by its distinct "buzzsaw" guitar tone. However, by the early 1990s their sound had broadened to include garage rock and other influences. This new style would eventually be described as death 'n' roll. Entombed has been influenced by bands such as Slayer, Exodus, Black Sabbath, Celtic Frost, Autopsy, Repulsion, Kiss, The Misfits, Motörhead, Discharge, Death and Testament. Along with Dismember, Grave and Unleashed, Entombed has been referred to as one of the "big four" of Swedish death metal.

Dregen Swedish musician

Dregen is a Swedish musician best known as the guitarist of The Hellacopters, as well as Backyard Babies. As of March 2014, Dregen has also served as the newest member of Michael Monroe's solo band, replacing Ginger as guitarist. He was formerly married to fellow Swedish singer Pernilla Andersson, who is also the mother of their first child, a son named Sixten. The couple officially announced their separation on 1 June 2015.

Backyard Babies Swedish band

Backyard Babies are a rock band from Nässjö, Sweden. The band was formed in 1989 and over the years they have released seven studio albums and won two Swedish Grammy Awards. The band is now located in Stockholm.

Supershit 666 or Super$hit 666 were a European rock supergroup consisting of Ginger from The Wildhearts on vocals and guitar, Nicke Andersson from the Hellacopters on vocals and drums, Dregen from the Backyard Babies on vocals and guitar, and Swedish producer Thomas Skogsberg on bass.

The Hellacopters Swedish rock band

The Hellacopters are a Swedish garage rock band that was formed in 1994 by Nicke Andersson, Andreas Tyrone "Dregen" Svensson (guitar), Kenny Håkansson (bass) and Robert Eriksson (drums). Andersson had been the drummer for death metal band Entombed and Dregen was taking a break from his full-time band Backyard Babies. Dregen and Eriksson had been roadies for Entombed, while Håkansson was a childhood friend of Andersson's. The Hellacopters were initially conceived as a side project for Andersson and Dregen, but it eventually became the main songwriting and performance vehicle for Andersson. The band, together with The Hives, is considered one of the most important Swedish bands in the garage rock revival and one of the most influential rock bands in Sweden.

<i>High Visibility</i> 2000 studio album by The Hellacopters

High Visibility is an album released by the Swedish rock band The Hellacopters and the first studio album to feature the new guitarist Robert Dahlqvist. The album was released on both CD and vinyl; the first vinyl release featured the music on three sides and an etching of the band's logo on the fourth, the second was a 2×180g issue but without the etching. Both versions also contained the bonus track "No Dogs". There was also a limited edition from Gearhead Records on red vinyl without the bonus track. The Japanese version of the CD also features "A Cross for Cain" as a bonus track.

<i>Grande Rock</i> 1999 studio album by The Hellacopters

Grande Rock is the third album released by the Swedish rock band The Hellacopters. Due to the departure of original guitarist Dregen, pianist Anders Lindström stepped in to record guitars under the pseudonym Boba Lee Fett. The record was released both on CD and on vinyl, the vinyl version was available in seven different colors depending on which country it was sold in. The Japanese release also contains the bonus tracks "Only Got The Shakes" and "Keepin' On". The Shock CD version contains "Makes It Alright", "Heart of the Matter" and "Holiday Cramp" as bonus tracks as well as two music videos on an additional CD-ROM.

<i>By the Grace of God</i> (album) 2002 studio album by The Hellacopters

By the Grace of God is the fifth album released by the Swedish rock band The Hellacopters. The CD version of the album came in three different combinations of the red, white and black cloud and lightning design. The design would become a trademark for the band and was used on backdrops, merchandise, different record covers and in music videos. The LP version released in Sweden had a black cover and vinyl while the European version had a white cover and vinyl. Limited edition versions of the album in Japan and America also featured "Red Lights" and the Rory Gallagher song "Big Gun" as bonus tracks. Another special American version also featured an embossed logo, a fold-up digi pack and a patch.

Nihilist was a Swedish death metal band formed in 1987 by Nicke Andersson and Alex Hellid. The band split-up in 1989 when Johnny Hedlund left to form Unleashed. The remaining members reformed the band under the name Entombed. Nihilist never recorded a full-length album before they renamed as Entombed, but a collection of their demo work was released in 2005. Guitarist Leif "Leffe" Cuzner died in June 2006.

Robert Dahlqvist Swedish musician

Robert Dahlqvist was a Swedish guitarist and vocalist best known for his nine-year tenure with the rock band The Hellacopters. He was also the lead singer and guitarist for Thunder Express, a band originally started as a side project to his work with The Hellacopters. At the time of his death at age 40, Dahlqvist had nearly completed his second solo album, under the name Strängen.

Scott Morgan is an American rock and roll and soul musician, most known for his work with the Sonic's Rendezvous Band, the Rationals, The Solution as well as his solo work.

The Solution is a blue-eyed soul band that was formed by the American Scott Morgan and Swede Nick Royale after previously working together in the rock n roll band The Hydromatics.

<i>People Like People Like People Like Us</i> 2006 studio album by Backyard Babies

People Like People Like People Like Us is the fifth studio album by the Swedish rock band Backyard Babies, released in 2006. It was produced by Nicke Andersson from The Hellacopters. Videos were made for the songs "The Mess Age ", "Dysfunctional Professional" and "Roads".

Kenny Håkansson Swedish musician

Kenny Håkansson is a Swedish musician, best known as the bassist for the Hellacopters. The Hellacopters were founded by Håkansson's childhood friend Nicke Andersson as a side project to his role as a drummer in the heavy metal band Entombed.

Matz Robert Eriksson or simple Robban as he is often called, is best known as the drummer of Swedish rock band The Hellacopters, who were active between 1994 and 2008. Eriksson is currently playing With his new band called Tramp and recently reunited Swedish punk band Strindbergs.

Anders Lindström, or Boba Fett, as he is often called, is a Swedish rock musician most known for being the organist and pianist of the Swedish rock band The Hellacopters and co-founder and guitarist of The Diamond Dogs.

This is the discography of The Hellacopters, a Swedish rock band active between 1994 and 2008. The band was formed by Nicke Andersson, Dregen (guitar), Robban Eriksson (drums) and Kenny Håkansson (bass). The band released their Swedish Grammis-winning debut album in 1996. Soon the band recruited The Diamond Dogs guitarist Anders Lindström to play keyboard shortly before being the opening act to Kiss With the success of the band's second album Andersson was able to leave his other band Entombed to focus full-time on The Hellacopters. During the tour in support of the album, guitarist Dregen chose to leave the band to focus his time on his other band The Backyard Babies; to fulfill their touring responsibilities the band recruited Danne Andersson and Mattias Hellberg to fill in during the remaining dates of the tour. With Hellberg and Lindström taking the place of Dregen during the recording of the band's third album, the band changed their sound from their dirtier garage rock and garage punk sound to a more classic 1970s rock sound. The band then hired Robert Dahlqvist as a full-time guitarist, solidifying the band's lineup until its breakup. With Dahlqvist on board the band released three more studio albums and a cover album, with many EPs and limited edition releases as well. The Hellacopters disbanded amicably in 2008 so the members could move on to other projects.

Psychout Records is an independent record label founded by Nicke Andersson primarily to release material with his band The Hellacopters.

Imperial State Electric band

Imperial State Electric is a Swedish rock band founded by former front man of The Hellacopters Nicke Andersson, Dolph de Borst, Tobias Egge and Tomas Eriksson (drums). The band released their self-titled album March 28, 2010.


  1. 1 2 "Hellacopters efter Hellacopters – Kultur – Östergötlands största nyhetssajt". Archived from the original on 19 October 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  2. 1 2 "Nick Royale Special – Swedish Documentary Part 1". YouTube. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  3. Tobin, Dan (1999). Wolverine Blues (CD booklet). Entombed. Nottingham, United Kingdom: Earache Records. p. 8.
  4. "Psychout Records". Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  5. "Urotsukidoji's Pad". Archived from the original on 20 October 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  6. "Robert Dahlqvist spelar med i Hellacopters". Archived from the original on 4 June 2009. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  7. The Barman. "The Solution". Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  8. "Death Breath | Interview | Lords of Metal metal E-zine – Issue 65: December 2006". Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  9. "Cold Ethyl | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  10. "The Hellacopter Nick Royale – Wayne Kramer talkin about him". YouTube. 6 January 2007. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  11. "Supershit 666". Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  12. "Ask Ginger February 2000". The Wildhearts. 21 February 2000. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  13. "DKT/MC5 – Tour – dates – TheDynaminds Forum". Archived from the original on 7 July 2007. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  14. "Backyard Babies – People Like People Like People Like Us CD Album". 2 May 2006. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  15. Archived 25 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  16. "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". 24 July 2006. Archived from the original on 24 July 2006. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  17. Archived 8 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  18. Archived 5 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  19. "DiPinto Artist Gallery : Nick Royale". Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2011.