Faust (musician)

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Bård Eithun
02-08-2014-Bård G. Eithun with Emperor at Wacken Open Air 2014-JonasR.jpg
Background information
Birth nameBård Guldvik Eithun
Also known asFaust
Born (1974-04-21) 21 April 1974 (age 44)
Hedmark, Norway
GenresBlack metal, thrash metal, death metal
InstrumentsDrums, vocals
Associated actsAborym, Blood Tsunami, Emperor, Zyklon, Scum

Bård Guldvik "Faust" Eithun (born 21 April 1974) is a Norwegian drummer and convicted murderer. He is best known for his work with early black metal band Emperor, especially on the releases As the Shadows Rise and In the Nightside Eclipse, and the murder of Magne Andreassen. He also writes lyrics for other bands, including Zyklon. In 2013, it was announced that Faust would return to Emperor as drummer for the 20th-anniversary tour of In the Nightside Eclipse in the summer of 2014.

Conviction and release[edit]

On 21 August 1992, while Eithun was visiting family in Lillehammer, he stabbed Magne Andreassen to death.[1][2] According to Eithun, while walking home from a pub through the Olympic park, Andreassen drunkenly approached him and solicited him for physical contact. Eithun agreed to go with him to the nearby woods. Eithun carried a knife out of habit, and once in the woods, Eithun stabbed Andreassen 37 times and then kicked him in the head repeatedly as he lay on the ground.[3]

Eithun claimed that he felt no remorse at the time.[4] Ihsahn, his bandmate in Emperor, said that Eithun "had been very fascinated by serial killers for a long time, and I guess he wanted to know what it's like to kill a person".[1] The media has linked the murder to black metal and speculated that Eithun was motivated by Satanism or fascism. In a 1993 interview he had said "I am not a Satanist, but I praise the evil".[5] In an interview for the book Lords of Chaos he explained he had been "interested in Satanism but there are other things as well. Basically, I don't give a shit".[6] In a 2008 interview Eithun said: "I was never a Satanist or fascist in any way".[7] Jørn Inge Tunsberg of the band Hades Almighty said that the murder was "an impulse killing" and that "it had nothing to do with black metal".[8]

Police initially had no suspects, and Eithun remained free for about a year. However, he told Øystein 'Euronymous' Aarseth, Varg Vikernes, and a few others what he had done.[9] After Vikernes' murder of Aarseth in August 1993, Eithun was arrested and confessed to killing Andreassen. In 1994 he was sentenced to 14 years' imprisonment, but was released in 2003 after serving nine years and four months.[7]


The specified year is date of recording, not release.


  1. ^ a b Moynihan & Søderlind 2003, p. 111
  2. ^ Aaron Aites (director, producer), Audrey Ewell (director, producer) (2009). Until the Light Takes Us (motion picture). Variance Films.
  3. ^ Moynihan & Søderlind 2003, p. 111, 113, 116
  4. ^ Moynihan & Søderlind 2003, p. 114
  5. ^ Interview with Euronymous, Faust, Metalion and others from Beat, Issue 2 (1993) Archived 2013-01-25 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Moynihan & Søderlind 2003, p. 255
  7. ^ a b Bowar, Chad. "Interview with former Emperor drummer Faust". Retrieved 2008-05-30.
  8. ^ Grude, Torstein (1998). Satan Rides The Media.
  9. ^ Moynihan & Søderlind 2003, p. 116


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