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Background information
OriginSarpsborg, Norway
GenresHeavy metal, power metal
Years active1983 - Present
LabelsMetal Blade
MembersEirikur Hauksson
Cato André Olsen
Geir Nilssen
Bernt Jansen
Jørn Jamissen
Past membersGudmund Bolsgård
Lars Fladeby
Espen Hoff

Artch is a heavy metal band from Sarpsborg in Norway.[1] Initially formed in 1983 by guitarist Cato André Olsen and bass player Bernt Jansen,[2] in 1984 guitarist Geir Nilssen, drummer Jørn Jamissen and vocalist Lars Fladeby all joined the band but they had formerly been with a local rock group called Oxygen. Espen Hoff replaced Mr. Fladeby as lead singer in 1985 but he died in a motorcycle accident later that same year and was replaced by Eiríkur Hauksson in 1986.[2][3][4] Artch released two albums on USA label Metal Blade that got great reviews, especially in the English heavy metal press, but sales were disappointing.[5] Drummer Jamissen left the band in 1991 and was replaced by Gudmund Bolsgård. They reformed in 2000 after a prolonged period of inactivity. The original lineup was again reunited summer 2010. (Eric, Brent, Cat, Gill and Jack)



  1. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry (2003). A-Z of Power Metal. London: Cherry Red Books Ltd. p. 32. ISBN 1-901447-13-8.
  2. ^ a b [1] Official history on
  3. ^ [2] Official history on page 2
  4. ^ Artch at Allmusic
  5. ^ [3] Official history on page 3