Stovokor, heavy metal band playing live in Dantes, Portland, Oregon
Stovokor is an American death metal band from Portland, Oregon. Its five current members are Bill Salfelder (plnluH HoD), vocals; Ward Young (KhR'ELL), rhythm guitar, Jason Lewis (Khraa'Nik), bass guitar; Jason Johansen (Qui Pe), lead guitar; and Matt Stikker (Kh'amleth), lead guitar. The band is solely based on the Klingon characters that appear in the Star Trek franchise. All of the members of Stovokor dress in Klingon costumes and much of the band's lyrics themselves are written in Klingon language.
The band is named for Sto-vo-kor, the afterlife of Star Trek's fictional aliens the Klingons. Despite acknowledging a debt to Klingon-themed karaoke, according to guitarist Ward Young, the band have chosen the perfect genre for their characters: "Klingons are very macho, very militaristic, and metal is definitely their music."
The band was featured in the documentary Trekkies 2 along with four other Trek-themed bands including No Kill I and No Kill I the Next Generation who were filmed performing at venues such as Sabala's bar. The band has played notable shows in the company of Star Trek alumni, including one in September 2006, at the top of Seattle, Washington's Space Needle, for the fortieth anniversary of Star Trek.
Band members have been known to strictly adhere to their personas. At a concert held at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, lead vocalist Bill Salfelder attacked a crowd member after a short exchange of insults. Usually, however, their behavior is friendlier, and the group's popularity, as measured by a growing number of Internet articles promoting them, seems to be increasing. Thus far the group have only released one demo album titled Metal of Honor in 2004, and have been known for appearing only sporadically. However, after lineup changes in 2012, the group resumed performing in the Portland area. As of Summer 2014, Stovokor have announced via social media that they are in the process of recording and releasing their first proper full-length album.
- Metal of Honor (demo, 2004)
- Jigar Mehta, "With a Song in Their Heart, Klingon Wannabees Star in Portland Bar", UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, October 31, 2003
- "Trekkies Director Roger Nygard Answers", Slashdot, 18 November 2004
- Destination Fun, Portland Mercury, June 2–8, 2005
- Star Trek 40th Anniversary Gala Celebration and Conference
- Lewis & Clark College Pioneer Log, Arts
- YouTube: Stovokor, "The Machines of War"
- http://localcut.wweek.com/2007/04/16/stovokor-pinball-contest/ Stovokor Pinball Contest
- Tod Emko's List:The Top 11 Things We're Most Thankful For
- Cosmo Garvin, "To Boldly Go," Sacramento Newsreview