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Powerhouse metal drummer…Proficient pop drummer…Sensitive all-around player. Regardless of style – technical and progressive or laid back and groovy – Johan Koleberg delivers exactly what the song needs. And he does it with precision and taste.

Fagersta-born Johan Koleberg started playing drums in 1976, at the age of 8. Like a lot of musicians of his generation, he started out as a Kiss fan, emulating Peter Criss’s “meat and potatoes” kind of playing before developing chops that his childhood hero could only dream of. After a few years of taking drum lessons, Johan drumming influences grew to the likes of drum gods Neil Peart (Rush), Jeff Porcaro (sessions and Toto) and Terry Bozzio (sessions, Frank Zappa, UK).

At the age of 23, Johan moved to Stockholm where he joined AOR heroes Talk Of The Town at their peak, getting a taste of both nationwide and international success. An easy-going lad who likes the good things in life (without overdoing them), he had no problems finding new gigs when the band broke up. One of Scandinavia’s most accomplished rock and metal drummers, Johan soon became an in-demand player.

Several bands followed – most notably progressive metal band Lion’s Share, with whom he released four albums and toured with acts Dio, Motörhead, Manowar, U.D.O., Saxon, Sweet and Dee Snider. He then joined critically acclaimed AOR band Ignition before joining the new line-up of glam rockers Zan Clan. During the last year, they have been playing headline gigs, arena gigs and festivals, sometimes sharing the stage with bands Whitesnake and Queensryche. The new Zan Clan album ”We Are Zan Clan – Who The F**k Are You?!” was released April 2005 and is still enjoying rave reviews from all over the world.

During the spring of 2005, Koleberg also laid down drum tracks for the long-awaited comeback album by (ex- WASP guitarist Randy Piper’s) Animal. In addition to his full-time commitments, joined Therion 2008 and recorded thier album 2009 followed by a world tour in 2010.

Koleberg has done several sessions as well as touring and/or performing with some of Sweden’s biggest names within rock such as Kee Marcello, Jan Johansen, Carola, Christer Björkman, Mats Ronander, and many others.