Grutle Kjellson

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Grutle Kjellson
Enslaved, Barge to Hell 2012 04.jpg
Background information
Birth nameKjetil Tvedte Grutle
Born (1973-12-24) 24 December 1973 (age 44)
OriginSveio, Norway
GenresViking metal, black metal, progressive metal
InstrumentsVocals, bass.guitar
Years active1989 – Present
Associated actsEnslaved
Einar Selvik

Kjetil Tvedte Grutle, better known as Grutle Kjellson (b. 24 December 1973 in Sveio, Hordaland, Norway), is the bassist and vocalist of the Norwegian progressive black metal band Enslaved. Together with Ivar Bjørnson, they are the main songwriters of the band.


In 1989, aged 17, Grutle and his 13-year-old friend, guitarist Ivar Bjørnson and other musicians, founded death metal band Phobia, but they left the project in mid-1991.[1] At that time, both and drummer Trym Torson decided to form a band inspired by Norse mythology called Enslaved, in Haugesund.[2][3] Kjellson and Bjørnson are the only permanent members of Enslaved since its inception to date.

In 1996, Grutle together with Ivar, Infernus and Tormentor created the short-lived thrash metal band Desekrator, disbanded in 1999. In 2005, Grutle along with Ivar, Arve Isdal and other musicians created Trinacria.

Grutle has a guest performance on the song "High on Cold War" on Darkthrone's 2006 EP, Too Old, Too Cold.

He also contributed, along with his Enslaved colleagues Arve Isdal and Herbrand Larsen and American actress Laraine Newman, in the animated television series Metalocalypse as one of "The Klokateers" in 2009. Another TV participations includes the documentaries Showman (2010) and Metal Evolution (2014), as himself.[4]


Kjellson is known to be openly anti-Christian and non-religious, but not Satanist. He stated in multiple interviews, including in the Canadian documentary film Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005), his opinion on the 90's church burnings in Norway. In one interview, he said:



  1. ^ "Enslaved's Grutle Kjellson Talks 'In Times' Album + More". Loudwire. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  2. ^ Frostkamp: Intervju med Enslaved
  3. ^ Teamrock: "Enslaved: The Progressive Black Metallers"
  4. ^ Grutle Kjellson on IMDb
  5. ^ Metallum Archives profile
  6. ^ Film's Official Website
  7. ^ Interview to Gorgoroth/Enslaved/Emperor sub.ITA - youtube

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