Per Englund - Vocals & Backing Vocals
Former bands: Blacksmith, Motherlode, S:E:X, Mandrake Root, 220 Volt
Influences: Ian Gillan, Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Ronnie James Dio
Back in the early days with my first band, Blacksmith, I went to the extreme of singing as high as possible - I don't really know why, but it sure is fun listening back to those songs today.
Joining the band Motherlode was a great experience, a band with very talented musicians, though we did not have quite the same musical backgrounds they were great years with those guys.
In the late eighties I played with some extraordinary guys in a band called S:E:X and with them came the wild years, I went to the States (LA) and kind of crashed and burned...
Rebounding from the LA episode I joined a project called Mandrake Root and got back to basic, seventies hard rock. We revisited that project a few times over the years. During the nineties i hooked up with 220 Volt for a while and we rocked pretty hard! In 2000, we brought life back into Blacksmith, with a new line up and after that I participated in a project called Dedication.
Now this band Free from Sin pretty much completes the circle and wraps up my years of singing, here it is, ironic lyrics, heavy riffs and straight at you – metal rules the land!
Patrik Lämborg - Guitars
Fomer bands: Blacksmith, Spider, Overload, Merchant
Influences: Ritchie Blackmore, Michael Schenker, Al Di Meola, Yngwie Malmsteen
Equipment: ENGL amps, Fender guitars, Dimarzio pickups, Lexicon, Dod, Boss and Dunlop effects
Patrik Lämborg was born April 20, 1967 in Stockholm, Sweden. Patrik comes from a very musical family. His late grandfather played amongst other instruments the violin & clarinet and introduced him to classical music. Patrik started to play the recorder at the age of 6 and later moved to the flute. He picked up the violin at the age of 8 and soon after, the ukele - which was a turning point. Patrik's younger sister had a ¾ nylon string guitar which found its way into Patrik's hands at the age of 9. After taking some classes to get the basics, he then later moved over to electric guitar - his first electric guitar was a Les paul copy together with a FBT solid state 100 watt amp. As distortion Patrik used a Big Muff distortion pedal.
Regarding musical influences, Patrik was first introduced to Deep Purple back in 1973. The Made in Japan album had just been released and he got a tape of the album from his cousin. Ritchie Blackmore and Deep purple have been close to his heart ever since.
In the 1980s Patrik recorded a solo demo tape. This was sent out to different record labels and was recognized by Guitar Player magazine, with Patrik becoming a featured player in Mike Varney's famous "Spotlight" column.
Patrik met Per Englund during the (at the time) mandatory military service in Sweden in 1985, though he found it difficult to find other musicians with the same level of dedication. Convinced that he could not obtain his goals in Sweden, Patrik moved to Los Angeles in the mid-80s. Despite some excellent demos (featuring Anders Johansson on drums) and label interest, the stars simply did not align for Patrik at that time. The fast-paced 80s LA lifestyle was becoming very detrimental to his well-being and like Per (who had joined him in LA), he almost crashed and burned. Returning to Sweden to recuperate and live a "normal" life, Patrik never lost the will and desire to make music. He has taken full advantage of the changes in technology and the music industry that allow independent artists to pursue their personal dreams - without the need to compromise and dance to the tune of a record company.
Patrik plays several Fender Stratocasters, both stock and modified ones. After trying out numerous amplifiers he finally tested the Engl amps and speakers and got hooked. Amazingly versatile, the Engl amps deliver both the retro and modern sound with ease. Patrik uses two 100 watt Invader heads together with a Lexicon stereo reverb unit to get a fat stereo sound.