Fenriz

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Gylve Fenris Nagell
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Fenriz in 2005
Background information
Birth nameGylve Nagell
Also known asFenriz
Hank Amarillo
Born (1971-11-28) 28 November 1971 (age 47)
OriginKolbotn, Norway
GenresBlack metal, death metal, speed metal, crust punk, doom metal, folk metal, ambient
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, postal industry employee, councilman
InstrumentsDrums, electric guitar, bass guitar, vocals, keyboards, synth
Years active1986–present
Associated actsDarkthrone, Isengard, Neptune Towers, Valhall, Storm, Dødheimsgard

Gylve Fenris Nagell (born 28 November 1971), better known as Fenriz, is a Norwegian musician and politician who is best known as being one half of the metal duo Darkthrone.[1] Although primarily a drummer, he has also performed bass, guitar and vocals for Darkthrone and a number of other metal bands. Fenriz is known for his refusal to play live, his obsessiveness about music listening, supporting other underground bands and his lack of interest in the mainstream music business in general. Fenriz has had three solo projects: the folk metal project Isengard, the dark ambient project Neptune Towers and the doom metal project Red Planet.

Biography[edit]

Fenriz’s first exposure to heavy metal music came when he was three years old and received Uriah Heep's album Sweet Freedom from his uncle for his birthday. At the age of five, he would fashion belts for himself out of paper in an imitation of those worn by Mick Box. Other musical interests in his early years included rock and heavy metal groups such as The Doors, Grand Funk Railroad, Steppenwolf, The Byrds, Elvis Presley, Kiss, AC/DC, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath.

Darkthrone was created as a death metal band by the name of Black Death in 1986. In 1987 he got involved with the group Valhall, which practiced in his basement. Fenriz said he had a passive interest in Bathory and Celtic Frost by 1986, but claims that he did not understand the "darkness" of black metal until hearing a song by the Hungarian band Tormentor in 1989 (he gives similar credit to Mercyful Fate). The same year, Fenriz left Valhall to focus on Darkthrone, which became one of the key bands in the early Norwegian black metal scene after its first death metal album. He also began a folk metal project called Isengard, for Darkthrone was at the time a band that opposed stylistic progression and change. Fenriz's solo ambient project Neptune Towers served as an example of his varied musical tastes. It was followed by another quintessential contribution to the folk metal scene with Storm.

Fenriz changed his legal name from Gylve Nagell to Gylve Fenris Nagell in the early 1990s.

Fenriz now claims to be apolitical, remaining non-partisan towards the events of early Norwegian black metal. In one interview, Fenriz said that he was against the book Lords of Chaos, comparing its hype to Oprah. Fenriz prefers to keep Darkthrone out of the spotlight. In late 2004, he turned down a nomination for a Norwegian Alarm Award. He claimed that Darkthrone had "no interest in being part of the glitter and showbiz side of the music industry". Fenriz is one of the main characters in the 2009 documentary film Until The Light Takes Us (filmed in the early 2000s).

Despite claiming to be apolitical, Fenriz’s political career was established in 2015 when he became a vice-councilman in Oppegård council.[2] His election was reported internationally in late 2016.[3] He is on the council for a term of four years after being called by the liberal political party Venstre and agreeing to be placed on its list. In an interview with CLRVYNT, Fenris claimed "Basically, they called and asked if I wanted to be on the list [of backup representatives]... I said yeah, thinking I would be like eighteenth on the list and I wouldn't really have to do anything. They just need a list to be able to – well, it's hard to talk local politics in another language".[4] His "campaign" consisted of posting signs of him holding his cat with the caption "Please Don't Vote For Me".[5][6].

Fenriz currently lives in the outskirts of Oslo where he had a record label with his Darkthrone bandmate Nocturno Culto called Tyrant Syndicate Productions. The record label itself was a sub-label of Peaceville Records (to which Darkthrone is signed). In late 2004, Fenriz released a compilation album through Peaceville, Fenriz Presents... The Best of Old-School Black Metal, which included selected tracks from such influential artists as Celtic Frost, Hellhammer, Burzum, and Bathory. He is a DJ and has made several online music compilations.

Outside of music, Fenriz famously works part time in the Postal Industry since 1993.[7] Often he is referred to as working in the Post Office, which is incorrect as he does not deliver post and works sorting machines in the main facility.

Musical projects[edit]

Discography[edit]

Year Title Band Instruments
1987 Trash Core '87 (demo) Black Death (pre-Darkthrone) drums, vocals
1987 Black is Beautiful (demo) Black Death (pre-Darkthrone) drums, vocals
1987 Land of Frost (demo) Darkthrone drums, vocals
1987 A New Dimension (demo) Darkthrone drums
1988 The Castle of Death (demo) Valhall drums
1989 Thulcandra (demo) Darkthrone drums, vocals
1989 Cromlech (demo) Darkthrone drums
1989 Spectres Over Gorgoroth (demo) Isengard everything
1991 Horizons (demo) Isengard everything
1991 Soulside Journey Darkthrone drums
1991 Goatlord (demo) Darkthrone drums, vocals
1992 A Blaze in the Northern Sky Darkthrone drums
1993 Under a Funeral Moon Darkthrone drums
1993 Vanderen (demo) Isengard everything
1994 Transilvanian Hunger Darkthrone drums, rhythm guitar, bass
1994 Caravans to Empire Algol Neptune Towers everything
1994 Promo 1994 (demo) Dødheimsgard bass
1995 Høstmørke Isengard everything
1995 Transmissions from Empire Algol Neptune Towers everything
1995 Panzerfaust Darkthrone drums, guitar, bass
1995 Nordavind Storm drums, additional vocals
1995 Kronet Til Konge Dødheimsgard bass, additional vocals
1995 Moonstoned Valhall drums
1995 Promo 1995 (demo) Dødheimsgard bass, additional vocals
1996 Total Death Darkthrone drums; additional guitar and bass
1997 Heading for Mars Valhall drums
1999 Ravishing Grimness Darkthrone drums
2001 Plaguewielder Darkthrone drums
2003 Hate Them Darkthrone drums
2004 Sardonic Wrath Darkthrone drums; additional vocals
2006 The Cult is Alive Darkthrone drums; additional vocals and guitar
2007 F.O.A.D. Darkthrone drums; additional vocals
2008 Dark Thrones and Black Flags Darkthrone drums; vocals and guitar (shared)
2009 Red Planet Valhall drums
2009 Engangsgrill (demo) Fenriz' Red Planet everything
2009 Fuck You All Fuck You All bass
2010 Circle the Wagons Darkthrone drums; vocals and guitar (shared)
2013 The Underground Resistance Darkthrone drums, vocals (shared), guitar solo on track 2, bass on track 4
2016 Arctic Thunder Darkthrone drums, bass guitar, electric guitar (additional)

Guest appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Darkthrone's Fenriz Discusses Upcoming Album". roadrunnerrecords.com. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 2010-01-30.
  2. ^ "Det nye kommunestyret - Oppegård kommune". 2015-09-16. Archived from the original on 2016-11-08. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  3. ^ Rosenberg, Axl (8 September 2016). "Fenriz from Darkthrone Accidentally Got Elected to His Town Council". Metal Sucks. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  4. ^ Complete Music Update
  5. ^ Metal Injection Accessed 12 September 2016
  6. ^ Factmag Fans elect black metal legend Fenriz to town council, accessed 12 September 2016
  7. ^ Norton, Justin (March 15, 2013). "I Am The Working Class: The MetalSucks Interview with Fenriz". Metal Sucks. Retrieved August 27, 2018.

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