Basic Background Info
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.
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