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Horna performing live in September 2007
Background information
Also known asShadowed
OriginLappeenranta, Finland[1]
GenresBlack metal
Years active1993–present
LabelsEnd All Life
Debemur Morti
World Terror Committee
Associated actsSargeist, Behexen, Baptism, Peste Noire
Past membersNazgul von Armageddon
A. T. Otava
Lord Sargofagian
Hex Inferi
Horna at the Dark Troll Festival 2018
Singer Spellgoth at the Dark Troll Festival 2018

Horna (formerly known as Shadowed) is a Finnish black metal band that formed in 1993. The band has appeared on over thirty releases including splits, demos, EPs and albums since 1995, which have been released through numerous record labels.


Horna formed in late 1993 under the name Shadowed, formed by vocalist and guitarist Shatraug and guitarist Moredhel.[2] The name was changed to Horna when drummer Gorthaur joined the band in 1994.[2] Horna did not start recording until early 1995. The first demo, Varjoissa, was released in September that year and sold out. In 1996, Nazgul von Armageddon took over vocal duties and the band recorded their first full-length album Hiidentorni in January 1997, resulting in a deal with the Greek label Solistitium Records. The band continued to release albums under this label through June 1998, when Moredhel and bassist Skratt left the band. Bassist Thanatos replaced Skratt soon afterwards, and Moredhel re-joined that August. In 1999, the band signed to Norwegian label Oskorei Productions for a vinyl-only release of the band's third album, Haudankylmyyden Mailla, and the band released a series of limited vinyl-only EPs and split albums through most of the early 2000s, with full-length studio albums coming out in the latter half of the decade.[1] In 2002, Nazgul von Armageddon left the band, leaving vocal duties to Corvus.[2] In July 2003, it was announced that guitarist Aarni T. Otava had left the group. Horna cited the loss of "dedication" as the reason behind his departure, and revealed that Horna's performance at 2003's Tuska Open Air Metal Festival would be their last with Otava handling guitar duties. In 2008 Horna embarked on an American tour. They played their first American show on Halloween 2008 at "The Black Castle" courtesy of underground promoter Chris "Hate War" Wood.[3]

The name "Horna" is Finnish for "abyss" or "hell". It was chosen because, to Shatraug, it sounded harsh and powerful.[2]


Current members[edit]

  • Shatraug (Ville Pystynen) – guitar (1993-present), vocals (1993-1996), backing vocals (1996-present)
  • Infection (Mynni Luukkainen) – bass guitar (2002-2008), guitar, backing vocals (2008-present)
  • Spellgoth (Tuomas "SG.7" Rytkönen) – lead vocals (2009-present)
  • LRH (Lauri "Kassara" Rytkönen) – drums (2016-present)
  • VnoM (Ville Markkanen) – bass guitar (2018-present)

Former members[edit]

  • Moredhel (Jyri Vahvanen) - guitars (1993-1998), bass (1999-2000)
  • Gorthaur (Jarkko Heilimo) - drums (1994-2003, 2005)
  • Nazgul von Armageddon (Lauri "Werwolf" Penttilä) - lead vocals (1996-2001), keyboards (1999)
  • Skratt (Pasi Teitto) - bass (1997-1998), keyboards (1997-1998)
  • A.T. Otava (Harri "Thanatos" Ollikainen) - bass (1998), guitars (1999-2000, 2000-2003)
  • Vrasjarn (Anssi Mäkinen) - bass (2000-2001)
  • Corvus (Tapsa Kuusela) - lead vocals (2002-2009)
  • Saturnus (Alex Schorn) - guitars (2003-2007)
  • Vainaja (Perttu Pakkanen) - drums (2007-2016)
  • Lord Sargofagian (Ossi Mäkinen) - drums (2007)
  • Hex Inferi (Mika Packalen) – bass (2012-2018)



Studio albums[edit]



  • Whispered Myths with Fog (1999), Dark Horizon
  • first split with Musta Surma (2000), End All Life Productions
  • second split with Musta Surma (2002), Blut Und Eisen Records
  • split with Desolation Triumphalis (2003), D.U.K.E. Records
  • split with Ouroboros (2003), lookinglassblack
  • split with Woods of Infinity (2004), Klaxon Productions
  • split with Behexen (2004), Grievantee Productions
  • Goatfucking Gent/Vivicomburium with Kerberos (2005), Obscure Abhorrence Productions
  • Unohdetut Kasvot, Unohdettu Ääni/Un Sogno Oscuro with Tenebrae in Perpetuum (2005), Debemur Morti Productions
  • split with Blackdeath (2005), From Beyond Productions
  • Ilman Arvoa ja Arkkua/Kinaidos with Legion of Doom (2006), Zyklon-B Records
  • split with Sacrificia Mortuorum (2006), Debemur Morti/Grievantee
  • split with Peste Noire (2007), Debemur Morti Productions
  • split with Nefarious (2009), Turanian Honour Productions
  • split with Den Saakaldte (2014), Blut & Eisen Productions
  • split with Demonic Christ (2014), Hammer of Hate Records
  • Atavistic Resurgence with Acherontas (2015), World Terror Committee
  • split with Pure (2018), World Terror Committee



Live albums[edit]

  • Black Metal Warfare (2004), Deviant Records
  • Vihan tiellä (2009), Frostscald Records
  • Live Armageddon 1999-2000 (2016), Independent


  1. ^ a b "Horna - Black metal". Tartarean Desire. 2007-06-03. Retrieved 2008-06-01.
  2. ^ a b c d Torsten (2003-07-03). "Horna (Fin) - Interview". FinalWar. Archived from the original on 2008-01-01. Retrieved 2008-06-02.
  3. ^ "HORNA Part Ways With Guitarist". Blabbermouth. 2003-07-11. Archived from the original on 2004-01-08. Retrieved 2008-06-02.
  • Bécognée, Laurent (October 2008). "Horna - Manifeste Occulte". Metallian (in French). Meylan, France: Metallian Editions (53): 37. ISSN 1249-2396.

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