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 The heavy rain of pebbles right on my head with ultra force and the effect of Drilling in ears is my ultimate feeling every time I tuned to Urgehal. There is no way you miss this band if you like Norwegian Black Metal, Nefas (R.I.P) vocal chords are fuming enough to pierce your ear lobes.

Urgehal started on 1992 in Hønefoss by Nefas and a fellow guitarist Enzifer, they remained loyal to their raw black metal sound all the way through their latest release Maatte Blodet Flomme, unlike the others who trash Black Metal in the name of commercial success, after 20 years of legendary and pioneering six full-length albums and a number of demos, EPs and splits, I must say death is complete to Nefas.

6 Full Lenghts and 2 Demos. 

Arma Christi (1997)
Massive Terrestrial Strike (1998)
Atomkinder (2001)
Through Thick Fog Till Death (2003)
Goatcraft Torment (2006)
Ikonoklast (2009)

Demos : Ferd (1994) and Rise of the Monument (1995)

EP’s :Demonrape (2005)
Satanisk Norsk Black Metal (2007
Death Is Complete (2011)
Maatte Blodet Flomme (2012)

Enzifer & Trondr Nefas (right)

Current Band Memebrs: 

Enzifer – guitar (1992–present)
Uruz – drums (1997–2008, 2010–present)
Mannevond – bass (2007–present)

Google for more information about Urgehal or youtube it.


Formed : 1999
Genre   : Ambient Black Metal
Representing Albums : DarkSpace I, DarkSpace II

Darkspace name refers to nothingness of the space.

Darkspace is an underground ambient black metal band from Bern, Switzerland, started in 1999 with 3 members with a pseudonym Wroth, Zhaaral and Zorgh describing the emptyness of the space.

They have a ambient surrounding, raw production and monotonous sounds. Mute guitar passages with blast beat take turns with milder passages and sometimes completely electronic passages, fitting a tribute to the cold and filling with the void like atmospheric effect.

Dark space has a great deal of influence from electronic music, eerie, ambient synthlines flowing from the guitars.
Passage with clear eclectronic clubkicks or total void like ambience are incorporated into vocal alongside the unnatural and alien sounding screams


Wroth – Guitar / Vocals (Paysage D’Hiver)

Zhaaral – Guitar / Vocals (Sun of the Blind)

Zorgh – Bass / Vocals
 2002 – Darkspace I demo
2003 – Darkspace I
2005 – Darkspace II
2008 – DarkSpace III
Official Myspace –

>Funeral Mist

Posted: 2011/04/19 in Norwegian Black Metal


Formed: 1993
Genre(S): Black Metal

Funeral Mist is a black metal band formed in Stockholm, Sweden in 1993.


The band in its original form comprised vocalist and guitarist Typhos (a.k.a. Henrik Ekeroth), guitarist Vintras and drummer Velion. Bass player Arioch was added somewhat later.

Their debut gig took place in 1995 and that same year saw the issuing of their first demo entitled Darkness. The band’s line-up also started to change during this year, as drummer Velion was fired and Necromorbus (Tore Stjerna) took his role. The second demo Havoc followed in 1996, the same year that the band also lost guitarist Typhos to the Swedish band Dark Funeral. Songs that were written for Arioch’s side project, Winds, were used on this demo.

In 1997, Vintras also left the band due to personal differences, and Funeral Mist was now down to only a duo consisting of Arioch and Necromorbus. The debut EP Devilry was released in 1998 and was issued in both CD and vinyl format. The vinyl edition was limited to only 300 copies and featured an exclusive track, Hellspell 2. This track was later included on the 2005 Devilry/Havoc compilation album. After this release that same year, guitarist Nachash was added to the band. Their first full-length album, Salvation, was released on the Norma Evangelium Diaboli label in 2003, while the second album, entitled Maranatha, was released in February 2009 on the same label, after 6 years of silence.

Current line up

“Arioch” (aka Mortuus) – Vocals, guitars, bass

Past members

• Nachash – Guitars
• Necromorbus (Tore Stjerna) – Drums
• Typhos – Guitar (1993-1996) (ex-Dark Funeral, ex-Infernal (Swe))
• Vintras – Guitar (1993-1997) (ex-Thyrfing)
• Velion – Drums (1993-1995)


• 1995 – Darkness (demo)
• 1996 – Havoc (demo)
• 1998 – Devilry (EP)
• 2003 – Salvation
• 2005 – Devilry/Havoc (compilation album)
• 2009 – Maranatha

Official page:


Posted: 2011/03/30 in Norwegian Black Metal


Formed : 1998

Genre(s): Black Metal
Representative Albums : Sworn to the Dark, Rabid Death’s Curse


Black metal outfit Watain emerged from Uppsala, Sweden, in 1998, quickly gaining underground credibility with an uncompromising 7″ release entitled “The Essence of Black Purity,” then solidifying their commitment to the dark metal arts via 2000s thematically shocking (i.e. frequent odes to Satan and his pals), but instrumentally accomplished, Rabid Death’s Curse album. This has since been followed by incrementally lauded but always reliably extreme releases such as 2000s Ritual Macabre live album, 2001’s “The Misanthropic Ceremonies” split single with Diabolicum, 2003’s Casus Luciferi LP, and 2007’s Sworn to the Dark album. And, bucking underground metal tradition somewhat, Watain’s lineup has remained consistently stable throughout these many years and releases, featuring vocalist/bassist Erik Danielsson (also known as the editor of Hellish Massacre ‘zine and the artist behind Cold Seed Creations), guitarists P. Forsberg and Set Teitan, bassist Tore Stjerna


The band’s name is taken from from a recording by the American black metal group Von. After recording a few demos which the band does not intend to re-release, their first official release was the 7″ EP The Essence of Black Purity on the Swedish label Grim Rune Productions, recorded in Necromorbus Studios 1999. The French black metal label Drakkar Productions offered Watain a deal for two full length albums, and the debut album Rabid Death’s Curse was released in 2000. After the release, Watain toured and performed alongside bands such as Rotting Christ, Antaeus, Dark Funeral and Malign.

In 2003, Watain again entered the studio to record their second full-length album, Casus Luciferi, which features lyrics by members of other bands like Funeral Mist and Antaeus. The ‘Stellar Dimension Infernal Tour’ through Europe followed, alongside Secrets of the Moon and Averse Sefira. They also toured throughout 18 countries with Dissection on their two months-long ‘Rebirth of Dissection’ tour in 2004. Watain member Set Teitan was officially also a member of Dissection at this point, and Erik Danielsson played bass in live shows.

In 2006, members of the band did the Hitler salute and wore t-shirts of the National Socialist black metal (NSBM) band Absurd after their gig on German Party.San Open Air, leading to accusations of being a Nazi band. Asked about this incident in an interview to the German online metal magazine, Erik Danielsson (vocals and bass) gave an evasive answer, but when asked about his views on NSBM, he explained the band sees it as a joke: “NSBM is a joke, a despaired approach of people who’re incapable to comprehend the perversion and the insanity of Black Metal. They’re trying to appear extreme and limit their selves in their conception to that kind of society, which describes something that we wouldn’t care less about. Fuck the world! Black Metal doesn’t have anything to do with the world like you know it.”

Their third full-length album Sworn to the Dark was released in Europe on February 21, 2007, then they toured Europe along with Celtic Frost, Kreator and Legion of the Damned. In 2008 they played their first headlining tour in North America with Withered and Book of Black Earth. Eclipse Eternal and Kronosfear joined them for some shows as well. Watain’s next album, Lawless Darkness, was released on June 7th 2010. They released a single for the song “Reaping Death” in two formats, picture disc vinyl with a cover of the song “Chains of Death” by Death SS, and digisleeve CD with a cover of the song “The Return of Darkness and Evil” by Bathory.


• E (Erik Danielsson) – vocals, bass
• H (Håkan Jonsson) – drums
• P (Pelle Forsberg) – guitar
• Set Teitan (Davide Totaro) – guitar (live only)
• A (Alvaro Lillo) – bass (live only)

Ex – members

• C. Blom – guitar (1998-2000)
• Jonas “Y.” Lindskog – bass (a.k.a. “Mörkkh” and “Whorth”)
• Tore Stjerna – session bass (2000-2002)


Studio albums

• Rabid Death’s Curse (2000)
• Casus Luciferi (2003)
• Sworn to the Dark (2007)
• Lawless Darkness (2010)

Live & other albums

• Go Fuck Your Jewish “God” (demo) (1998)
• The Essence of Black Purity (EP) (1999)
• Black Metal Sacrifice (live) (1999)
• The Ritual Macabre (live) (2001)
• The Misanthropic Ceremonies (split EP) (2001)
• Puzzles ov Flesh (demo) (2002)


Posted: 2010/05/21 in Norwegian Black Metal


Formed: 1993
Genre(S): Black Metal

Enthroned is a black metal band formed in Charleroi in 1993 by Cernunnos. He soon recruited guitarist Tsebaoth and a vocalist from grindcore/black metal band Hecate who stayed until the end of December 1993. Then bassist/vocalist Sabathan joined. The band released a 5-track demo tape in mid-1994 which brought them to the attention of several independent labels. A 7-inch split EP with Ancient Rites was then released by the underground label Afterdark Records. After the label’s demise, Evil Omen Records (a sub-label of Osmose Productions) released Enthroned’s first full-length release, Prophecies of Pagan Fire. Shortly thereafter, the band enlisted second guitarist Nornagest. Eventually, Tseboath was replaced by Nebiros.

1996, along with Ancient Rites and Bewitched, Enthroned began an extensive tour of Europe.

In April 1997, as Enthroned was to begin recording Towards the Skullthrone of Satan, Cernunnos took his life. Enthroned recorded the album with a session drummer in honor of Cernunnos and performed at the Dragons Blaze festival with newly acquired drummer Namroth Blackthorn.

In April 1998, the band toured the European continent with Dark Funeral and also released the MCD Regie Sathanas which was dedicated to their former drummer Cernunnos. Later that year, they toured again with labelmates Hecate Enthroned and Usurper. At the close of 1998, the band entered Abyss Studios (Sweden) to record The Apocalypse Manifesto. This third album was released in May 1999, which dealt with the biblical concept of the Apocalypse as interpreted by a satanic perspective.
Enthroned rounded off the 20th Century on tour with Marduk and continued to take European crowds by storm with several other live performances.

In 2000, the band parted ways with Nebiros and recruited Nerath Daemon as their new guitarist, went on a German mini tour followed by several other European shows and recorded Armoured Bestial Hell in the Real Sound Studio (Germany). This fourth album was released in April 2001. Namroth Blackthorn was replaced by Alsvid from the French Black Metal band Seth. Enthroned continued to play many live gigs in and around Europe, as well as in the US.

In early 2002, Enthroned signed to Napalm Records releasing their fifth full-length recording, Carnage in Worlds Beyond, later that year. In June 2003, Nguaroth (guitars) and Glaurung (drums) joined Enthroned played a South American tour and released their sixth album, XES Haereticum.
In 2005, Enthroned released their first official live album, Black Goat Ritual, recorded during their tour of Brazil. Enthroned parted ways with longtime vocalist Sabathan, at which time Nornagest took over the vocals, Phorgath joined the band on bass.

In June 2007, Enthroned recorded their seventh album Tetra Karcist, seeing the return of old drummer Alsvid for the studio sessions.
Ahephahim joined as the new official drummer in June 2007 and Enthroned signed with Regain Records in January 2008. At this time, some members of the band opened a recording studio, Blackout Multimedia. In the mean time, Ahephaim & Nguaroth left the band due to a lack of time and were replaced by ex-Gorgoroth drummer Garghuf and Nerath Daemon took back the position he left five years ago in Enthroned, changing his name to Neraath. Enthroned’s eight album, Pentagrammaton, was released on 22nd March 2010. Since then, Nornagest has given up playing guitar in live performances, due to him developing chronic tendinitis in his wrist, and has instead become the band’s frontman. Former members Lord Sabathan and Nguaroth joined the band for a one-off live performance in 2010 as an act of reconciliation.


• Nornagest – Lead vocals (2007-), guitar (1995-)
• Neraath (formerly Nerath Daemon) – Guitar, vocals (2000-2004, 2009-)
• Phorgath – Bass guitar, vocals (2007-)
• Garghuf – Drums (2009-)
• Tzelmoth – Live Guitar, vocals (2010)

Former members

• Ahephaim – Drums (2007-2009)
• Nguaroth – Guitar, background vocals (2004-2009)
• Alsvid – Drums (2001-2004)
• Lord Sabathan – Lead vocals, bass (1994-2006)
• Glaurung – Drums (2004-2007)
• Namroth Blackthorn – Drums (1998-2001)
• Nebiros – Guitar (1995-2000)
• Da Cardoen – Session drums on Towards the Skullthrone of Satan (1997)
• Cernunnos – Drums (1993-1997)
Committed suicide by hanging on April 19, 1997
• Tsebaoth – Guitar (1993-1996)
• Asmodeus – Guitar (1995)
• Alexis – Lead vocals (1993)


• Prophecies of Pagan Fire (Full-length, 1995, Evil Omen Productions)
Re-released with a bonus CD entitled Commanders of Chaos in 1999 by Blackend Records
• Towards the Skullthrone of Satan (Full-length, 1997, Blackend Records)
• Regie Sathanas – a Tribute to Cernunnos (EP, 1998, Blackend Records)
• The Apocalypse Manifesto (Full-length, 1999, Blackend Records)
• Armoured Bestial Hell (Full-length, 2001, Blackend Records)
• Carnage in Worlds Beyond (Full-length, 2003, Napalm Records)
• Goatlust (EP, 2003, Painkiller Records)
• XES Haereticum (Full-length, 2004, Napalm Records)
• Black Goat Ritual: Live in Thy Flesh (Live album, 2005, Napalm Records)
• Tetra Karcist (Full-length, 2007, Napalm Records)
• Pentagrammaton (album) (Full-length, 2010, Regain Records)


Posted: 2010/03/31 in Norwegian Black Metal


Origin: Bergen, Norway
Formed: 1993 – present
Genre(s): Black Metal

Taake is a Norwegian black metal band whose name is derived from the Norwegian word “tåke” which means fog.


In 1993, Ørjan Stedjeberg, now known as Ulvhedin Høst (often spelt Hoest), formed the first version of the band Taake under the name Thule, together with Svartulv, who was only twelve years old at the time. Thule released two demos; “Der Vinterstormene Raste” 1993 and “Omfavnet Av Svarte Vinger (Embraced By Black Wings)” 1994. Somewhere between the release of the latter demo and “Manndaudsvinter” in 1995, the band transformed from Thule to Taake which was more representative of the band and the area where Høst was from; the mountains of Bergen, Norway. Shortly after this release a 7″ EP was released in 1996 called “Koldbrann i Jesu Marg,” which would be the last demo recording that Taake would release.

The first full-length album “Nattestid Ser Porten Vid (Night Sees the Wide Gate)” was released by Wounded Love Records in 1999. The album was written entirely by Høst but he brought in a session musician, Tundra to perform bass and drums. It was recorded throughout 1997 and 1998 at Grieghallen. “Nattestid…” is part I of a trilogy, all the writing on the CD and lyrics in the booklet are written in runes. All of the lyics are sung in Norwegian. This album is now known as a classic.
The second installment of the trilogy “Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmerik (Heaven Cries over Bjoergvin)” was released in 2002. Again a seven song concept album, the theme for “…Bjoergvin…” is death (Bjoergvin is the former name of Bergen). On this record, Hoest surrounded himself with a band for the record: C. Corax on Guitars, Keridwen on bass, and Mutt (Gaahlskagg, Trelldom, Sigfader) on drums.

The final installment of the trilogy was released in 2005 by Dark Essence Records. Entitled “Hordalands Doedskvad (Hordaland’s Deathchant)” it adhered to the 7 song format (representing the 7 mountains surrounding Bergen) of the first two records, but showed a change in style (Hordaland is a county in Norway). While the first two records in the trilogy were clearly 80s metal influenced, this album was performed in a more traditional black metal style which was reminiscent of Enslaved, Bathory and early Mayhem. “…Doedskvad” also differs from the other in that it features a number of guest musicians. These include the infamous Nattefrost from Carpathian Forest, Taipan (Orcustus), and Nordavind (ex-Carpathian Forest), as well as others. Following this release of this record Taake has had some minor releases, and played a few festivals (most notably Hole In The Sky Festival in Norway, with Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved on guitars), but according to the official website they are “on ice for awhile.”

Preceding the still 2006/2007 European tour, Taake revamped their official homepage, moving away from the defunct site. Following the infamous show in Essen, the band have been removed from several festivals and have taken much fire. It wouldn’t be acquainted with publicity if it was happened thereby – Lava who has been bassist since 2002 left the band. The new website has also served as a place for Blabbermouth to get all the latest inflammatory statements from Hoest.
On September 8, 2008, Hoest announced on his homepage that he had recorded the fourth Taake album, simply titled “Taake”. The album was recorded for Hoest’s own label Svartekunst Produksjoner and is distributed via Dark Essence Records.

In March 2007, during a concert at Essen in Germany, Høst appeared on stage with a swastika painted on his chest.[1] Allegedly, he also spat and threw beer bottles at the audience. This resulted in strong protests from both the audience and the press who were covering the concert. In Germany, the use of the swastika is strictly forbidden by law, and the remainder of Taake’s German concerts were cancelled. It is widely believed that this incident was purely for shock value. Following the incident, Høst stated on the Taake website:

On 2 April 2007, Høst made a further statement:

My previous statement clearly states that I apologize only to our collaborators who might get problems because of the scandal. This means that I take full responsibility and should receive all “problems” myself. But what problems did I get? We raped Essen on one of the first days of the tour and the word spread within minutes. For the rest of the tour I was such an easy target for verbal or physical abuse on stage, walking around the venues, in the streets, etc. But I didn’t receive any confrontation. So keep your pathetic internet debate going, but don’t think for one second that I take any of you seriously. Furthermore, I never did anything to make Taake a “big” band. I was hoping to lose some fans with the Nekro EP, so now I certainly expect to get rid of some more.

In 2006 the activity in Taake came to a meantime halt, since Høst was imprisoned for a violent assault. On July 30, 2007 the Taake website announced that the plans for the coming world wide tour was put on hold “due to a certain band member’s imprisonment”. On September 20, 2007 Hoest announced on the band’s website that he had been recently released from his 3rd incarceration for violence.


Der Vinterstormene Raste
Omfavnet Av Svarte Vinger
Koldbrann i Jesu Marg
Nattestid Ser Porten Vid
Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmelrik
Hordalands Doedskvad

Compilations and split releases

• 2004: Nordens Doedsengel (split EP with Amok)
• 2005: Helnorsk Svartmetall (compilation of early demos)
• 2005: Taake Vinyl Box (compilation containing Nattestid Ser Porten Vid, Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmerik, Helnorsk Svartmetall)
• 2006: Lagnonector (split single with Vidsyn)
• 2006: Dra Til Helvete! (split EP with Gigantomachy)


Hoest (Ragnarok) – Vocals, All instruments

Live members
• V`gandr (Aeternus, Helheim, Deathcon, Cult of Catharsis) – Bass
• Frostein “Tundra” Arctander (Frostmoon, Tundra) – Guitar (Formerly also Bass, Drums, Vocals)
• Aindiachaí (Slavia, Deathcon)- Guitar
• Thurzur (Sigfader, Infernal Manes, Gaahlskagg, Deathcult) – Drums

Past members
• Svartulv “Katta” “Kattaræv” (Tarmer) – Drums, Vocals
• Svartulv “Katta” “Kattaræv” (Tarmer) – Drums
• Dim – Vocals
• C. Corax – Guitars
• Keridwen – Bass
• Mutt – Drums
• Lava (Aeternus, Amok) – Bass, Vocals
• Mord (Helheim, Cult of Catharsis) – Drums


>Formed: 2001—present
Genre(S): Black Metal, Blackened death.

Frost Like Ashes is a Christian blackened death/thrash band that formed in Kansas City, Missouri in 2001. The band has released two EP’s (Born to Pieces and Pure as the Blood Covered Snow) and a full-length CD titled Tophet, and their songs have appeared on 2 compilations titled A Brutal Christmas and A Treasury of Sorrows. Previously signed to Psycho Acoustix Records and currently to Sullen Records, an imprint of Open Grave Records, their music combines elements of black metal, death metal and thrash metal with keyboards and virtuoisic vocals notable for “switching between about 10 different extreme styles within a given song.” Their lyrics have achieved attention for their harsh output, providing a Biblical point of view for the regular, cruel themes of black metal music. The band is also controversial for using the typical war paint style often associated with the black metal visuals. Their live act incorporates a reversal of stereotypical black-metal images—for example, spitting in and tearing up a Satanic Bible and smashing a goat-skull adorned pentagram with a sword.


Two of the band members, vocalist Azahel and drummer Adonijah, were former members of a controversial deathrash band called Possession that was active from 1992 to 1998. Frost Like Ashes was formed on the vision of guitarist, Sebat (ex-World Funeral, ex-Coven), who would recruit Azahel (vocals) and Syntyche (bass) in 2001 and begin what has become an underground juggernaut hybrid of black/death Metal. Adonijah (drums), completed the group and they released their first EP on SoTD Records in 2003. In January 2003, Qoheleth joined the band as their first full time dedicated keyboardist. Up to this point Adonijah would compose and record the keyboard parts. They were able to get on the bill for Freakshow 13 in Las Vegas, performing alongside such bands as Stavesacre and Mortal Treason. In 2004, The band parted ways with Syntyche and acquired the skills of new bassist, Ruach.
In 2005, after some delays, Frost Like Ashes’ first full-length CD, Tophet, was finally released. The recording has received many positive reviews and has helped Frost Like Ashes gain more popularity and notoriety.
In the Spring and Summer of 2006, Frost Like Ashes performed in Omaha with Psyclon Nine and Epicurean, and in Minnesota with Crimson Thorn, Becoming the Archetype, and Crimson Moonlight.

In March 13, 2008, reported that the band signed a record deal with Sullen records, an imprint of Open Grave Records, for the release of the band’s new EP, titled Born to Pieces. The follow-up to the group’s 2006 acclaimed album Tophet will be issued this May and will be available as a limited release, with only 250 units to be produced. Fire of the Polish black metal band Elgibbor played bass for Frost Like Ashes at their Cornerstone Festival concert on July 3, 2008 to mark his full time permanent membership in the band. The EP sold out shortly after its release, and a limited edition 7″ vinyl was printed of Born to Pieces later.
Previously the band announced that they are currently working on an album entitled Gods of the Great Whore that will be a concept album based on a book the vocalist Azahel is writing. An update from the band’s official website on January 2, 2009, stated that the band has put Gods… on hold until the book is written; however, they have written new material for another album to be released first, tentatively entitled Who Walks in the Darkness, and is to be based on a novel by R. A. Salvatore entitled Homeland. Tentative tracklisting was also published on their website.


Current members

• Azahel – vocals (2001—Present)
• Sebat – Guitar (2001—Present)
• Fire – Bass (2008—Present)
• Adonijah – drums (2001—Present)
• Qoheleth – Keyboard (2004—Present)

Former members

• Syntyche – Bass (2001—2004)
• Ruach – Bass (2004—2008)


• A Brutal Christmas (SOTD Records) – 2002 (compilation)
• Pure As The Blood Covered Snow (SOTD Records) – 2003
• A Treasury of Sorrows (Lifeless Records) – 2004 (compilation)
• Tophet (Psycho Acoustix Records) – 2005
• Born to Pieces EP (Sullen Records) – 2008


>Forgotten Tomb

Posted: 2010/01/07 in Norwegian Black Metal


Formed: 1999, Piacenza
Genre(s): Black Metal
Representative Albums: Springtime Depression, Negative Megalomania (2007)


Forgotten Tomb is an Italian blackened doom metal band, formed in Piacenza in 1999. The band’s music has been compared to early Katatonia, Burzum and Dolorian’s 1999 debut album When All the Laughter Has Gone. The lyrical themes revolve around depression and suicide. The band’s founder, guitarist and vocalist Herr Morbid (Ferdinando Marchisio), describes himself as a “completely depressed, paranoid and suicide-fixated person”.

Forgotten Tomb’s debut recording, Obscura Arcana Mortis, was recorded by Herr Morbid as a solo undertaking in 1999. It was released the following year in CD format through Treblinka Productions and limited to 215 pieces. The band’s first full-length album, Songs to Leave, was released in 2002 through Selbstmord Services. After several line-up changes, the album was followed by Springtime Depression in 2003 and Love’s Burial Ground in 2004. Both albums were released through Adipocere Records. In 2006, Forgotten Tomb signed with Avantgarde Music and recorded its fourth full-length, Negative Megalomania. The album was released in January 2007.


Current line-up

• Herr Morbid – Guitars and vocals
• Razor SK – Guitars
• Algol – Bass
• Asher – Drums

Past members

• Torment – Bass
• Wudang – Session guitars
• Wedebrand – Session drums (ex-Shining)
• Henrik Nordvargr Björkk – Effects


• Obscura Arcana Mortis (EP, 2000)
• Songs to Leave (2002)
• Springtime Depression (2003)
• Love’s Burial Ground (2004)
• Negative Megalomania (2007) Official page Myspace page


Posted: 2010/01/05 in Norwegian Black Metal


• Formed: 1984, Norway
• Genre(s): Black Metal
• Representative Albums: “Live in Leipzig”, “Wolf’s Lair Abyss”, “Chimera
• Representative Songs: “Freezing Moon”, “Necrolust”, “Deathcrush


Formed around 1985 by Necrobutcher and guitarist Euronymous (born Oystein Aarseth), Mayhem was the first death metal band from Norway to make much of an impact in their homeland, which in the early ’90s developed a burgeoning underground scene rife with violent, sometimes anti-Christian activity — as evidenced by Mayhem’s non-musical history. Drummer Hellhammer, who at one time worked in a mental hospital, is the only remaining member of the band’s prime-period lineup. Lead vocalist Dead committed suicide in 1991 (two years after joining the band) by shooting himself in the head; Hellhammer made a necklace using some of his skull fragments, and Euronymous reportedly cooked and ate pieces of Dead’s brain. Euronymous, in turn, was stabbed to death while in his underwear on August 10, 1993, by the band’s bass player, Count Grishnackh (born Christian Vikernes). Grishnackh’s alleged motive was jealousy over the fact that Euronymous had a more evil reputation; he inflicted 23 separate wounds, it was also rumored, so as to outdo rival band Emperor’s drummer, Faust, who was convicted in the stabbing death of a homosexual acquaintance. When police arrested Grishnackh, they found over 150 kg of stolen dynamite in his house, complete with a plan to blow up a large church on a religious holiday. Grishnackh went on to pursue his electronic-influenced project Burzum while in prison; meanwhile, Euronymous’ parents requested that his bass tracks be erased from Mayhem’s 1994 album, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, (which featured session vocalist Attila Csihar). Still, thanks to growing worldwide interest in Norwegian death metal, Mayhem product has continued to appear on the shelves into the next century. Hellhammer also put together a new Mayhem lineup, which has toured sporadically. During one such tour in 2003, a concert-goer in Norway received a fractured skull as a sheep head flew from the stage while band member Blasphemer was cutting the head away from the torso.


Mayhem is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984 in Oslo, Norway. They are regarded as one of the pioneers of the influential Norwegian black metal scene. Mayhem’s career has been highly controversial, primarily due to the suicide of vocalist Dead, murder of guitarist Euronymous, and their violent stage performances.
Over time Mayhem has evolved through a variety of black metal styles, delving at times into areas of dark avant-garde industrial and electronica.

Early years (1984–1987)

Inspired by groups such as Bathory, Venom, Slayer, and Celtic Frost, Mayhem was founded in 1984 by guitarist/vocalist Øystein Aarseth (aka Euronymous), bass guitarist Jørn Stubberud (aka Necrobutcher), and drummer Kjetil Manheim (aka Manheim). The band name is taken from the Venom song, “Mayhem with Mercy.” This lineup recorded and released the demo Pure Fucking Armageddon. Euronymous concentrated solely on guitar following the hire of a vocalist in 1986. During 1986 and 1987, Sven Erik Kristiansen (aka Maniac) and Eirik Nordheim (aka Messiah) were recruited as vocalists. This lineup recorded the band’s first album, Deathcrush, and released it through Euronymous’s newly formed label Posercorpse Music.

The initial 1,000 copy release of Deathcrush quickly sold out. It was later repressed in 1993 by Posercorpse Music, which was renamed Deathlike Silence Productions as a joint venture with Euronymous’s Oslo specialist record shop Helvete. Euronymous’s plans for this new outlet included that it was to be “…like a black church in the future. We’ve thought about having total darkness inside, so that people would have to carry torches to be able to see the records.”
By mid-1988 both Manheim and Maniac had left the band: Manheim left to find a mainstream job, and Maniac left due to depression.

With Dead (1988–1991)

After two brief replacements, their positions were filled by Swedish vocalist Per Yngve Ohlin (aka Dead) and local drummer Jan Axel Blomberg (aka Hellhammer). According to Bård Eithun of the band Emperor:
He (Dead) wasn’t a guy you could know very well. I think even the other guys in Mayhem didn’t know him very well. He was hard to get close to. I met him two weeks before he died. I’d met him maybe six to eight times, all in all. He had lots of weird ideas. I remember Aarseth was talking about him and said he did not have any humor. He did, but it was very obscure. Honestly, I don’t think he was enjoying living in this world.

With Dead as vocalist, the band’s concerts became notorious. Whilst performing, Dead would often cut himself with hunting knives and broken glass. Additionally, the band often had pig or sheep heads impaled on stakes and planted at the front of their stage.

At some point in 1990, the members of Mayhem moved to “an old house in the forest” near Oslo. They began writing songs for their next album, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. On 8 April 1991, Dead committed suicide in the house owned by the band. He was found by Euronymous with slit wrists and a shotgun round to the head. Dead’s suicide note read “Excuse all the blood” and included an apology for firing the weapon indoors. Instead of calling the police, Euronymous went to a nearby store and bought a disposable camera to photograph the corpse, after re-arranging some items. One of these photographs was later stolen and used as the cover of a bootleg live album entitled Dawn of the Black Hearts.

Eventually, rumors surfaced that Euronymous made a stew with pieces of Dead’s brain, and made necklaces with fragments of Dead’s skull. The band later stated that the former rumor was false, but the latter was true. Additionally, Euronymous claimed to have given these necklaces to musicians he deemed worthy.
According to Stian Johannsen (aka Occultus), who briefly took position as vocalist after Dead’s suicide:
He (Dead) didn’t see himself as human; he saw himself as a creature from another world. He said he had many visions that his blood has frozen in his veins, that he was dead. That is the reason he took that name. He knew he would die.

De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (1991–1994)

Dead’s suicide affected Necrobutcher so much that he left Mayhem, thinning the band’s ranks down to two. In 1993, Live in Leipzig was released as the band’s tribute to Dead.

Later that year, the recording of Mayhem’s upcoming album, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas resumed. In Dead’s and Necrobutcher’s absences, Attila Csihar of Tormentor handled vocals, and Varg Vikernes of Burzum handled bass guitar. Due to adverse media and police attention, Euronymous was forced around this time to close his scene focal point record shop Helvete. Much of the album was recorded during the first half of 1993 at the Grieg Hall in Bergen. To coincide with the release of the album, Euronymous and Vikernes had conspired to blow up Nidaros Cathedral, which appears on the album cover. Euronymous’s murder in August 1993 put an end to this plan and delayed the album’s release.

On 10 August 1993, Varg Vikernes murdered guitarist Euronymous. On that night, Vikernes and Snorre Ruch travelled from Bergen to Euronymous’s apartment in Oslo. Upon their arrival a confrontation began, which ended when Vikernes fatally stabbed Euronymous. His body was found outside the apartment with twenty-three cut wounds – two to the head, five to the neck, and sixteen to the back. Vikernes claims that Euronymous had plotted to torture him to death and videotape the event – using a meeting about an unsigned contract as a pretext. On the night of the murder, Vikernes claims he intended to hand Euronymous the signed contract and “tell him to fuck off”, but that Euronymous attacked him first. Additionally, Vikernes defends that most of Euronymous’s cut wounds were caused by broken glass he had fallen on during the struggle. Regardless of the circumstances, Vikernes was arrested within days, and a few months later he was sentenced to 21 years in prison for both the murder and church arsons. With only Hellhammer remaining, Mayhem effectively ceased to exist.

In May 1994, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas was released and formally dedicated to Euronymous. Its release had been delayed due to complaints filed by Euronymous’s parents, who had objected to the presence of bass guitar parts played by Vikernes. Contrary to contemporary reports these were not re-recorded by Hellhammer and appear unblemished.

With Maniac and Blasphemer (1995–2004)

By late 1995 Hellhammer had decided to reform the band with the help of new guitarist Rune Eriksen (aka Blasphemer) and two previous Mayhem members – Maniac and Necrobutcher. The first release of this new lineup was a 1997 EP titled Wolf’s Lair Abyss, and was followed by some live European shows. One of these took place in Milan, Italy, guest starring Attila Csihar, and was recorded for the Mediolanum Capta Est live album of that year.

In this new phase, racist statements made by Hellhammer (who spoke out against race mixing and foreigners in Norway) and the use of Nazi imagery such as swastika flags in the rehearsal room, the Totenkopf emblem and band merchandise featuring the symbol of the military branch of Nasjonal Samling led to controversy and accusations of neo-Nazism.

In 2000 the band’s second full-length CD, Grand Declaration of War, was released. Strongly influenced by progressive and avant-garde metal, the album was concept-based, dealing with themes of war and post-apocalyptic destruction. Maniac largely abandoned the traditional black metal rasp for dramatic spoken-word monologue, with most of the songs sequencing seamlessly into one another. Reaction to the album was polarized. Some criticised the album for its avant-garde and electronic elements, which they perceived as pretentious, and for Maniac’s vocals, which they perceived as inferior to Dead’s and Attila’s. Others saw it as a laudable attempt to recreate and redefine black metal, with critic Brian Russ of BNR Metal going so far as to call it “really the first cohesive work the band has ever done” and “a fitting culmination to their career thus far.” In retrospect, the electronic elements of the album were often heavily overstated by its detractors, appearing notably in only a single track, “A Bloodsword and a Colder Sun.” It should also be noted that from Wolf’s Lair Abyss up to the present, Blasphemer has written all of the music for Mayhem’s releases. Maniac wrote the lyrics from the reformation of the band until his departure in 2004.

In May 2003, Mayhem made headlines again when a Mayhem fan, Per Kristian Hagen, landed in the hospital with a fractured skull after being hit by a severed sheep’s head that had been thrown into the audience from the stage. Assault charges were filed, but the band considered it to have been entirely accidental.
In 2004, Mayhem released Chimera. It showed a return to their earlier raw and brutal style, but with considerably better production values than earlier releases. Chimera still maintained a progressive edge. In 2004, Maniac was forced out of the band, according to Necrobutcher, because of stage fright-induced alcoholism. Necrobutcher also stated that because of this, a violent encounter ensued between the singer and Blasphemer, during which the guitarist kicked Maniac down a flight of stairs and smashed his head facefirst twice into a wall. Attila Csihar was reinstated as his replacement.

Ordo Ad Chao (2004–2008)

The band’s fourth album, titled Ordo ad Chao (Latin for “Order to Chaos”), was released in April 2007. Ordo ad Chao contains a much rawer sound than the rest of the band’s recent work; the drums are not equalized and the mix is notably bass-heavy (black metal typically lacks bass). The album continues the band’s experiments with unorthodox song structures, with “Illuminate Eliminate,” at 9:40, being the band’s second longest track to date (behind Grand Declaration of War’s “Completion in Science of Agony (Part I)” at 9:44). The album received strong reviews and was the band’s highest-charting album to date, peaking at #12 on the Norwegian charts. In early 2008 Ordo Ad Chao won the Spellemann (Grammy) award (the largest and oldest of Norway’s music awards shows) for Best Metal Album of 2007.
In April 2008, Blasphemer decided to leave the band. He issued the following statement regarding the matter:

The main reason behind this conclusion lies in the fact that I simply don’t see any future for me in the band anymore, at least not a future I’d like to participate in over the coming years. I’ve been playing my part in the band now for more than 13 years already, having composed, produced and released several albums with great vision, dedication and craftsmanship, to arrive at this crossroad of opposites. Sooner or later, all things comes to an end, and in my case, this circle is complete.
Blasphemer played European festival dates with the band through the summer months of 2008, playing his last gig with the group in August. This marked the departure of the musician credited with the bulk of the musical composition of the band’s three most recent studio albums.

After Blasphemer’s departure (2008–present)

Statements of touring plans for late 2008/early 2009 were announced on the band’s web page a few weeks after their final dates with Blasphemer, prior to any word on new members. In October 2008, it was announced that a musician named Morfeus (Dimension F3H/Limbonic Art) had “joined forces” with Mayhem as guitarist for their upcoming South America Fucking Armageddon tour, replacing Blasphemer.
The band toured through late 2008 and 2009 with this lineup, prior to announcing Summer 2009 dates with a French metal musician calling himself Silmaeth on second guitar. Both Morfeus and Silmaeth are presently considered touring (as opposed to full-time) members. In November 2009, the band were arrested in Tilburg, Netherlands, after destroying a hotel room while on tour.


Former Members:

• Vocals: Maniac (1986–1988) & (1995–2004), Dead (1988–1991), Attila Csihar
(1992–1993) & (2004–2008)

• Guitar: Euronymous (1986-1993) & Blasphemer (1995-2008)
• Bass: Necrobutcher (1986-1991) & (1995-2008) And Grishnackh (1992–1993)
• Drums: Manheim (1986–1988) and Hellhammer (1988-2008)


• Necrobutcher – bass (1984–1991, 1995–present)
• Hellhammer – drums, percussion (1988–1993, 1995–present)
• Attila Csihar – lead vocals (1992–1993, 2004–present)
• Morfeus – guitars (2008–present)
• Silmaeth – guitars (2009–present)


• Messiah – lead vocals (1986)
• Manheim – drums, percussion (1984–1988)
• Torben Grue – drums, percussion (1988)
• Kittil Kittilsen – lead vocals (1988)
• Dead – lead vocals (1988–1991) (deceased)
• Occultus – lead vocals, bass (1991)
• Count Grishnackh – bass (1992–1993)
• Blackthorn – guitars (1992–1993)
• Euronymous – guitars (1984–1993), lead vocals (1984–1986) (deceased)
• Nordgaren – guitars (1997–1998)
• Maniac – lead vocals (1986–1988, 1995–2004)
• Blasphemer – guitars, bass (1995–2008)


• Deathcrush (1987)
• De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (1994)
• Wolf’s Lair Abyss (1997)
• Grand Declaration of War (2000)
• Chimera (2004)
• Ordo Ad Chao (2007)


• 1998: Live In Bischofswerda
• 2001: European Legions: Live In Marseille 2000
• 2002: Mayhem – Cult of Aggression (Norwegian/Swedish documentary by Stefan Rydehed)
• 2005: Appearance in Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey
• 2005: Appearance in BBC One World episode Death Metal Murders
• 2008: Pure Fucking Mayhem (English documentary by Stefan Rydehed) official page Official Myspace


Posted: 2009/12/30 in Norwegian Black Metal

>Genre(s): Black Metal
Formed: 1994
Representative Albums: Nattferd, Diabolical Age and Blackdoor Miracle

Ragnarok is a Norwegian black metal band. The band was formed in Sarpsborg, Norway in 1994 by Jerv and Jontho, after they left Thoth, their previous band. Lyrical themes include paganism, Vikings, anti-Christianity, and Satanism. The band’s name comes from the Old Norse word ragnarok, which in Norse mythology refers to a prophesied war of the gods.


Ragnarok made a name for themselves locally by recording demo tracks and a compilation album including the song Et Vinterland i Nord with their original lineup, consisting of Jerv on bass, Jontho on drums, Rym on guitar and Thyme as the vocalist. The band received good feedback for their demo work and soon signed to the cult label Head Not Found Records, who released Ragnarok’s debut album Nattferd in 1995.

The band was generally dissatisfied with Head Not Found Records, and intended to leave in 1996, but were persuaded to sign a contract for two more albums after the label offered them a much better deal. Unfortunately, this deal meant that Ragnarok was forced to turn down a deal with Century Media, who expressed interest in signing the band after a show in Oslo later that same year.

In 1997, work was begun on Ragnarok’s second album, titled Arising Realm, which featured Shagrath of the band Dimmu Borgir on keyboards. In 1998, Ragnarok went on tour for the first time, playing eight shows in Denmark and Germany in addition to the Hellraiser Festival in Leipzig. At the end of the year Ragnarok started recording Diabolical Age, their third album. Diabolical Age was not finished until late in 1999, and by the time it was actually released Thyme had left the band, to be replaced by vocalist Astaroth, and Sander had joined as a second guitarist. It was soon clear, however, that Sander was not cut out to perform with the band, so he was kicked out and replaced with Lord Arcamous shortly after the eventual release of Diabolical Age in 2000.

Later in 2000, Ragnarok embarked on a short tour with Swedish band Satanic Slaughter, in the course of which it became clear that Astaroth was not capable of continuing on with the band. He was kicked from the band after the tour. Lord Arcamous filled in as vocalist for the recording of the album In Nomine Satanas on Regain Records, but he himself was replaced with Hoest of the band Taake in 2002.

After Hoest joined the band, Ragnarok was finally able to go on tour and perfect their sound for their next album. Blackdoor Miracle was recorded in 2004, and both the band and its fans were pleased with the results.

After a renewal of the lineup the only remaining old member, drummer Jontho, announced they will start touring with the new lineup and are planning for a new album through Regain Records early 2009.

Current members

• HansFyrste – vocals
• Brigge – guitar
• Decepticon – bass and backing vocals
• Jontho – drums

Former Members

• Høest – vocals 1999 – 2008
• Thyme – vocals 1994 – 1999
• Astaroth – vocals 2000 – 2001
• Lord Arcamous – vocals 2001 – 2002
• Sander – rhythm guitar 1999 – 2000
• Jerv – bass 1994 – 2007
• Rym – guitar 1994 – 2007


• Et Vinterland i Nord demo (1994)
• Pagan Land demo (1995)
• Nattferd (1995)
• Arising Realm (1997)
• Diabolical Age (2000)
• In Nomine Satanas (2002)
• Blackdoor Miracle (2004)
• Collectors Of The King (2009)


Posted: 2009/12/04 in Norwegian Black Metal

>• Genre(s): Black Metal
• Representative Albums: “WW,” “Through the Veils of Darkness,” “Through”


According to some gospels, when Jesus Christ referred to Hell, he often used the word Gehenna, which was actually the name of Jerusalem’s garbage dump — where fires were constantly kept burning to cope with the city’s refuse. Fast forward roughly 2,000 years and the name was adopted by one of Norway’s most influential black metal bands, which formed in the town of Stavanger, in January 1993, in the wake of local forefathers Mayhem’s ascendance, and integrated a now heralded generation also including such contemporaries as Emperor, Enslaved, Darkthrone, and Ulver. Initially comprising vocalist/guitarist Sanrabb, guitarist/bassist Dolgar (real name Steffen Simenstad), and drummer Sir Vereda, the initially nameless project that would become Gehenna recorded a pair of demos, Black Seared Heart and Ancestors of the Darkly Sky, in their first year, before earning their Scandinavian black metal stripes in dubious fashion when the drummer joined several other more prominent scene members behind bars. Even so, by the following year, Sanrabb and Dolgar had drafted bassist Svartalv, keyboardist Sarcana, and drummer Dirge Rep (aka Per Husebø), played their first local shows, and recorded a debut mini-album entitled First Spell for Head Not Found Records. Still widely regarded to be their definitive work, First Spell showcased a unique style of black metal, both somber and melodic in nature, and earned the group a new recording contract with Cacophonous Records, which also released subsequent efforts Seen Through the Veils of Darkness (1995) and Malice (1996) to serious acclaim in the underground metal world. But Gehenna almost came to a grinding halt in 1997, when internal tensions led to Svartalv’s departure to found thrash band Nocturnal Breed, Dirge Rep’s defection to Enslaved, and Sarcana’s retirement from the scene. Sanrabb and Dolgar would re-emerge the following year with a new album entitled Adimiron Black for Moonfog Productions, and new members E.N. Death (bass), Blod (drums), and Damien (keyboards), but the latter would soon be dismissed due to Gehenna’s distinctly more aggressive sound. In fact, by the release of 2000’s Murder, Gehenna had reinvented themselves as a death metal band, leaving many observers puzzled. Come 2005’s WW, they’d once again returned to their haunting black metal roots, but time has yet to tell whether their fans returned to it with them.


Gehenna is a Norwegian Death/Black metal band. Gehenna was formed in January, 1993 by original members Sanrabb, Dolgar, and Sir Vereda. Their first demo, entitled Black Seared Heart, was recorded between the 3rd and 7th of June 1993 in Soundsuite Studios, and was released as a cassette. Around this same time, a 7″ titled Ancestors of The Darkly Sky was released by Necromantic Gallery Productions.
Shortly after the release of these two recordings, Sir Verada left the band due to legal problems, and was replaced by Dirge Rep. The band also enlisted Svartalv as bass player during this time.

Up until this time, the band had yet to play any live shows. It was not until February, 1994 that the band made their live debut.
In 1994 Sarcana joined the band and added keyboards to the mix.
In March, 1994, the band entered Soundsuite Studios to record their debut album, First Spell. It was released as an MCD on Head Not Found Records. First Spell generated a larger fan-base for the band, and led to them signing 2-album record deal with Cacophonous Records.

In 1995, Gehenna released their second full-length, Seen Through The Veils of Darkness. This record featured a guest appearance by Garm of Arcturus and Ulver doing vocals on the track Vinterriket. This release cemented Gehenna as a strong band in the black metal scene.

Shortly before the release of Gehenna’s next record, Svartalv left the band. Noctifer, who had joined the band as Svartalv’s replacement, was unable to meet the demands of being a member of Gehenna. After 6 months, during the recording sessions of Gehenna’s third release, Noctifier left the band.
E.N. Death, a friend of the band, was asked to sit in as a session bassist to finish the recording. After also joining the band on tour, he was asked to join the band full-time.

In 1996, Gehenna’s third release, Malice, was released on Cacophonous Records.
Sarcana and Dirge Rep both left the band shortly after a touring in support of Malice. Damien was added as Sarcana’s replacement on keyboards and Blod took up drumming duties.

With the new members, Gehenna’s sound changed a bit. Blod brought a death metal background with him, and it influenced Gehenna in a much heavier way.
In 1998, Gehenna signed to Moonfog Productions and immediately released an EP Deadlights, which was a sample to their fans of what to expect from the newer Gehenna material. This EP was later followed by their Moonfog debut LP, Adimiron Black.
During their tenure with Moonfog Productions, Gehenna would also release Murder 2000 and WW 2005.

In late 2005 Gehenna signed with ANP Records.

In December, 2007, Gehenna announced that the previous contract signed with ANP Records was cancelled and that Gehenna signed with Norwegian based “Indie Recordings”. Dirge Rep was also announced as a full-time member.
According to a message posted by the band on their official MySpace page in June 2009, “Gehenna is currently writing new material for a yet untitled album. We hope to have it recorded by the end of 2009. Some work / track titles are : The Blooding, Melek, Stillborn, Claws of Obedience, Death’s Emblem, Liber Torquere (Leviathan Rising)”.


• Sanrabb – Vocals, Guitars
• Dolgar – Vocals, Bass
• Amok, Guitars
• Dirge Rep, Drums

Former members

• Blod (1998-2001) – Drums
• Damien (1998-1999) – Keyboards
• Dirge Rep (Per Husebø) (1993-1997 2007-) – Drums
• E.N. Death (Frode Sivertsen) (1996-2000) – Bass
• Frost – Session Live Drums
• Kine (2000-2005) Synths
• Nekro – Guitars
• Noctifer (1996) – Bass
• S. Winter – Drums
• Sarcana / Nina (1994-1997) – Keyboards
• Sir Vereda (1993) – Drums
• Svartalv / Kenneth (1993-1996) – Bass


• Ancestor Of The Darkly Sky (EP), 1993
• Black Seared Heart (demo), Necromantic Gallery Productions 1993
• First Spell (Full-length), Head Not Found Records 1994
• Seen Through The Veils of Darkness (The Second Spell) (Full-length),

Cacophonous Records 1995

• Malice (Our Third Spell) (Full-length), Cacophonous Records 1996
• Black Seared Heart (Re-Release of BSH Demo, with bonus tracks), Holycaust

Records 1996

• Deadlights (EP), Moonfog Productions 1998
• Adimiron Black (Full-length), Moonfog Productions 1998
• Murder (Full-length), Moonfog Productions 2000
• WW (Full-length), Moonfog Productions 2005

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