Infernus

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Infernus
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Infernus, live at 2009's Hole in the Sky.
Background information
Birth name Roger Tiegs
Born (1972-06-18) June 18, 1972 (age 42)
Origin Norway
Genres Black metal
Instruments Guitar, bass, drums, vocals
Years active 1992-present
Associated acts Gorgoroth, Borknagar, Orcustus, Desekrator, Norwegian Evil

Roger Tiegs (born on June 18, 1972), better known by his stage name, Infernus, is a Norwegian black metal musician and Satanist.[1][2] He is the sole founding member and chief ideologist of the Norwegian black metal band Gorgoroth, which was formed in 1992, as well as the founder and head of Forces of Satan Records. He is mainly a guitarist, but has also participated as bassist, drummer and vocalist on several recordings released both by Gorgoroth and other bands.

Biography[edit]

The formation of Gorgoroth[edit]

Infernus founded the black metal band Gorgoroth in Sunnfjord, Norway, in 1992, after making 'a pact with the Devil'.[2] The first Gorgoroth demo, A Sorcery Written in Blood, was released in 1993, and this demo landed the band a record deal with French label Embassy Productions. The first full-length Gorgoroth album, Pentagram, was released in 1994. The following years the band experienced several line-up changes, with Infernus being the only original member to continue in the band. Joining members of black metal bands such as Ulver, Immortal, Enslaved and Molested, he also participated as bassist on Borknagar's self-titled debut album, which was released in 1996. After signing a deal with German label Malicious Records, Gorgoroth released the albums Antichrist in 1996 and Under the Sign of Hell in 1997, with Infernus responsible for all the music and also the majority of the lyrics, as well as doing both guitar and bass duties on the albums. These three first albums were the first steps towards fame in Norway, and the following albums resulted in Gorgoroth earning their reputation as one of the leading black metal bands in the world.

Gorgoroth tenure with Nuclear Blast[edit]

After the release of Under the Sign of Hell and a European headlining tour in 1997, Gorgoroth was signed by the major German metal label Nuclear Blast. Infernus wrote the majority of the first two Gorgoroth albums released on Nuclear Blast, Destroyer (1998) and Incipit Satan (2000). Guitarist Tormentor, who had joined the band in 1996, wrote the title tracks for these two albums, and Infernus and Tormentor also released an album and three limited edition 7" vinyls in 1998 as a black metal side project called Desekrator, which included members of Enslaved and Old Funeral. After performing live with Gorgoroth on several festivals and tours both in Europe and South America, Infernus became one of the founding members of the black metal band Orcustus in 2002, a band consisting of members and ex-members of Gorgoroth, Gehenna and Enslaved. Twilight of the Idols - In Conspiracy with Satan, which was Gorgoroth's third release on Nuclear Blast, came out in 2003.

Allegations of rape[edit]

In 2003, Infernus was accused of raping a woman at an after-party. Both persons along with a friend of Infernus had consumed a fair amount of alcohol before the incident, along with the woman admitting she was under the influence of hashish.[3] In the following trial, he was acquitted of rape, but was convicted of gross negligent rape and served 4 months in prison in winter 2006/2007.[4]

Gorgoroth controversy in Kraków and transfer to Regain Records[edit]

On February 1, 2004, Infernus and Gorgoroth performed a controversial live gig in Kraków, Poland, which was meant to be released on DVD by Metal Mind Productions. Due to the satanic nature of the live show, the band and DVD producers were accused of breaking the Polish blasphemy laws. The tapes from the concert were confiscated by the Polish police for 4 years, but the concert was finally released on DVD in summer 2008, as Black Mass Krakow 2004.[5] In 2005, Infernus and Tormentor (who had quit Gorgoroth in 2002) released a cover version of Von's "Satanic Blood", under the name Norwegian Evil.[6] After leaving Nuclear Blast in 2004, Infernus and Gorgoroth signed on Swedish record label Regain Records, which released the next Gorgoroth album, Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam, in 2006.

Forces of Satan Records[edit]

On June 6, 2006, Infernus started his own record label, Forces of Satan Records, dedicated to only releasing albums by bands with a "clear-cut Satanic profile".[7][8] The label's first release was the Gorgoroth live EP Bergen 1996, followed by albums by the Italian black metal band Black Flame, the Brazilian death metal band Ophiolatry, and the Serbian black metal band Triumfall.

Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt[edit]

With the departure of Gaahl and King ov Hell from Gorgoroth, Infernus recruited drummer Tomas Asklund (Dissection) and bassist Bøddel (Obituary) as well as guitarist Tormentor and vocalist Pest into the band, and recorded and released the album Quantos Possunt Ad Satanitatem Trahunt in 2009.

In March that year, Infernus announced that he had won the rights to the Gorgoroth band name in a dispute with Gaahl and King. According to Tiegs, City District Court delivered a verdict on the main question in the Gorgoroth trademark case, which took place at the end of January 2009. The court decided that King ov Hell's trademark registration No. 243365 of the band name Gorgoroth was not valid and was therefore to be deleted. The court stated that King ov Hell and Gaahl excluded themselves from the band Gorgoroth when they tried to fire Infernus in October 2007. The court further stated that Infernus cannot be excluded from Gorgoroth, unless he himself should decide to quit.[9]

Beliefs[edit]

Infernus is a theistic Satanist and as the founding member of Gorgoroth, has built the band on his philosophy and religion, proclaiming himself as 'Satan's Minister on Earth'.[1] When asked in March 2009 about what he specifically practiced, he described it as a Gnostic form of Satanism.[10] In an interview conducted in March 2009 following the conclusion of the Gorgoroth name dispute with former colleagues Gaahl and King ov Hell, he explicitly reaffirmed that he was 'the ideological backbone of Gorgoroth'.[11] He has expressed opposition to the Church of Satan on the basis of commercial frivolity, and when asked about this on a couple of occasions 2009 he also said that he disagreed with their basic values:[11][12]

'Basically, because they reject a theist view upon being. I do not regard man as the center of the universe. These are my views and they are not the views of any humanist or so-called atheist.'[13]

Discography[edit]

Year Title Band
1993 A Sorcery Written in Blood Gorgoroth
1994 Promo '94 Gorgoroth
1994 Pentagram Gorgoroth
1996 Antichrist Gorgoroth
1996 The Last Tormentor Gorgoroth
1996 Borknagar Borknagar
1997 Under the Sign of Hell Gorgoroth
1997 Desekrator Demo Desekrator
1998 Metal for Demons Desekrator
1998 Destroyer Gorgoroth
1999 Hot in the City/Overdose/Take Us to the Pub Desekrator
2000 Incipit Satan Gorgoroth
2002 Demo 2002 Orcustus
2003 World Dirtnap Orcustus
2003 Twilight of the Idols Gorgoroth
2005 Wrathrash Orcustus
2005 A Norwegian Hail to Von Norwegian Evil
2006 Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam Gorgoroth
2007 Bergen 1996 Gorgoroth
2008 Black Mass Krakow 2004 Gorgoroth
2008 True Norwegian Black Metal - Live in Grieghallen Gorgoroth
2009 Orcustus Orcustus
2009 Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt Gorgoroth
2011 Under the Sign of Hell 2011 Gorgoroth

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bio/Manifesto". Gorgoroth official website. Archived from the original on 2007-10-21. Retrieved 2007-10-22. "Gorgoroth was founded by Infernus in 1992 as a strategy to perpetrate sonic and spiritual violence upon the world in order to bring forth change in peoples perception of being therein. Thus, through metal music, Satans minister on earth summoned an avatara of the forces of darkness and did let it manifestate through a variety of attempts on creating what was perceived as ultimate black metal taking form on stage as well as in a variety of studio recordings. [...] With the devoted presence of the new full time members Gaahl and King, as well as a not a day too early achieved social and mental fundament for future work, a deal was inked with the german label Nuclear Blast and the band to a bigger extent adopted the position as a live performance act taking upon them several tours worldwide bringing its sinister presence and the word of Satan to new territories..." 
  2. ^ a b Gorgoroth - News
  3. ^ Woman Claims GORGOROTH Guitarist And His Friend Repeatedly Raped Her
  4. ^ BLABBERMOUTH.NET - GORGOROTH Guitarist Released From Norwegian Prison
  5. ^ BLABBERMOUTH.NET - GORGOROTH: Controversial Krakow Concert To Be Released On DVD
  6. ^ von.htm
  7. ^ http://rateyourmusic.com/label/forces_of_satan_records
  8. ^ Blabbermouth.Net - Gorgoroth Guitarist Launches Forces Of Satan Records
  9. ^ http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=160310525&blogId=475761012
  10. ^ Gorgoroth Interview 2009
  11. ^ a b [Infernus (Gorgoroth): Nu-mi pasa de Gaahl - METALHEAD.ro]
  12. ^ "Interview with Newsweek Poland, 2006". Gorgoroth official website. Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2007-10-22. "No, Church of Satan is not for me. They had their thing in the late 60's and 70's rebelling and making it more or less accepted what they were up to, practising some easy to identify with and to defend kind of Satanism openly, bringing it into popular culture transcending music and film industry. What appears to me is that they have a lot of fun and circus going on, and thats good for them. Nevertheless, as a Christian have, I also have a concept of a God, and to me Satanism is not only about some 3 rd force psychological development approach, nor some more spicy humanist attempt to get to grips with things." 
  13. ^ ROCK 'N BALLS ||| Webzine Metal-Rock

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