Basic Background Info

Birth: October 20, 1970
Location: Malmö, Sweden
Band: Deathstars, Samsas Traum, 12 Ton Method, Netherbird, Needleye, Cradle of Filth, The Haunted, At The Gates, Heal, Skitsystem, Terror, Nifelheim, Witchery, Decameron, Hyperhug, Ape, Penance, Berits Polisonger
Genres: Metal, Rock
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Swedish born Adrian Erlandsson was drawn into the world of drumming by his older brother, Daniel. The two began drumming together when Adrian was only eleven.

As soon as he could hold down his first beat, Adrian Erlandsson and a friend formed a band and covered classic rock songs. The first song they learned was Joan Jett’s "I Love Rock and Roll." They soon gathered more members and began playing covers by bands like Def Leppard, Dokken, The Exploited, GBH, Thin Lizzy, and Twisted Sister. The band, going in and out of existence between the years of 1982 and 1988, went by several monikers. The most notable name among the pack was Berits Polisonger ("Berit" being a girls name and "Polisonger" being Swedish for sideburns).

In 1988 Adrian Erlandsson went on to join the thrash metal band Penance. Though they wrote some classic songs together and recorded a few rehearsal tracks, the band never recorded a demo. Shortly after 1990, the band members decided to go their separate ways. That same year, while attending the University of Gothenburg, Adrian Erlandsson was playing with a few guys he knew in the area. The band eventually took on the name At the Gates and was signed shortly after their demo, Gardens of Grief, was released in 1991. They toured and released some well-received albums, but eventually At the Gates split in 1996 following a U.S. tour.

Adrian Erlandsson formed the The Haunted with At the Gates members Anders and Jonas Björler. They released one album together in 1998.

The intent was to help out the band with a few recordings and gigs, but the partnership went well and Adrian became a permanent band member. A few recordings turned in to six albums, a couple weeks turned into seven years. Adrian stayed with the band until 2006.

Adrian Erlandsson continues to work on his other projects including Nemhain, a band that his wife fronts.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1991 Gardens of Grief At the Gates & Grotesque
1992 Red in the Sky Is Ours At the Gates
1993 With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness At the Gates
1994 Terminal Spirit Disease At the Gates
1995 Slaughter of the Soul At the Gates
1997 Earplugged, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1999 From the Cradle to Enslave Cradle of Filth
2001 Gardens of Grief/In the Embrace of Evil At the Gates & Grotesque
2002 Live Bait for the Dead Cradle of Filth
2002 Lovecraft & Witch Hearts Cradle of Filth
2002 Slaughter of the Soul [2002 Expanded] At the Gates
2002 Where the Bad Boys Rock Various Artists
2003 Damnation and a Day Cradle of Filth
2003 Red in the Sky Is Ours At the Gates
2003 With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness At the Gates
2004 Nymphetamine Cradle of Filth
2006 Thornography Cradle of Filth
2008 Harder, Darker, Faster Cradle of Filth
2008 Slaughter of the Soul At the Gates


  • Adrian's younger brother, Daniel, is the drummer for the band Arch Enemy.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Pearl
Cymbals: Sabian
Hardware: Pro 1- V Pedal
Sticks: Vic Firth

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