Kjetil-Vidar Haraldstad

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Kjetil-Vidar Haraldstad
Frost of Satyricon.jpg
Frost, 2009
Background information
Birth name Kjetil-Vidar Haraldstad
Born (1973-06-28) 28 June 1973 (age 44)
Øyer, Oppland, Norway
Genres Black metal, death metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, percussion
Associated acts Satyricon, 1349, Gorgoroth, Ov Hell, Zyklon-B, Gehenna and Keep Of Kalessin

Kjetil-Vidar Haraldstad (stage name Frost), was born on 28 June 1973 in Øyer, Oppland, Norway, and is the drummer in the black metal bands Satyricon and 1349.[1]

Frost has previously performed with Gorgoroth,[2] Zyklon-B, Gehenna and Keep Of Kalessin. He originally joined Satyricon temporarily to record the demo "The Forest is My Throne", later joining the band full-time.[3] He currently studies at a mathematics college in Oslo.

Frost employs various drumming styles when performing with different bands. With 1349 and early Satyricon he extensively uses blast beats. His recent work with Satyricon is more simplistic and mid-tempo. On 1349's 2009 studio album Revelations of the Black Flame He played at a slower speed as it was a more experimental/ambient album but for every other release by the band he has mostly played at an extensive and fast pace. He is generally regarded as one of the most proficient and fastest drummers in the black metal scene. On all Satyricon albums his role is credited simply as "battery".

Frost was denied entry to North America by the US Department of Homeland Security upon failing to note having been sentenced to 5 months for assault (during a bar fight in the early '90s) when applying for his work visa. On 1349 tours before 2008, he was replaced by Tony Laureano. Joey Jordison and Trym Torson have performed with Satyricon on North American tour dates. He later was able to perform again in the United States.[4]

He appeared in the documentary film Until The Light Takes Us as part of an art piece featuring him firebreathing and cutting himself with a knife.


Frost uses Tama drums and pedals,[5] Zildjian cymbals, and Vic Firth drumsticks.[6]

Drums: Tama Starclassic Bubinga:

  • 24"x18" bass drums (x2)
  • 12"x9" rack tom
  • 13"x10" rack tom
  • 14"x11" rack tom
  • 16"x13" floor tom
  • 18"x16" floor tom
  • 14"x5.5" snare
  • Iron Cobra Power Glide Kick Pedals

Cymbals: Zildjian:

  • 16" A Custom fast crash
  • 16" K Custom fast crash
  • 14" K light hi-hats
  • 17" A Custom fast crash
  • 20" FX Oriental china "trash"
  • 9.5" Zil-Bel Large
  • 11" FX Oriental "trash" splash
  • 14" A Custom fast crash
  • 10" A Custom splash
  • 14" Special K/Z hi-hats
  • 17" K Custom dark china
  • 18" A Custom crash
  • 21" A mega bell ride
  • 20" FX Oriental crash of doom
  • 16" FX Oriental china "trash"


Year Title Band
1993 Dark Medieval Times Satyricon
1994 The Shadowthrone Satyricon
1995 Blood Must be Shed Zyklon-B
1996 Nemesis Divina Satyricon
1996 Antichrist Gorgoroth
1998 Destroyer (one song only) Gorgoroth
1999 Rebel Extravaganza Satyricon
2000 1349 1349
2002 Volcano Satyricon
2003 Reclaim Keep of Kalessin
2003 Liberation[7] 1349
2004 Beyond the Apocalypse 1349
2005 Hellfire[8] 1349
2005 WW Gehenna
2006 Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam Gorgoroth
2006 Now, Diabolical Satyricon
2008 The Age of Nero Satyricon
2009 Revelations Of the Black Flame 1349
2010 The Underworld Regime Ov Hell
2010 Demonoir[9] 1349
2013 Satyricon Satyricon
2014 Massive Cauldron of Chaos 1349
2017 Deep Calleth Upon Deep Satyricon


  1. ^ "Frost: Confessions of a drummer". theothersidezine.com. 2013-08-23. Retrieved 2017-04-22. 
  2. ^ "Gorgoroth". metallian.com. Retrieved 2011-12-07. Destroyer was issued on Nuclear Blast. More changes were in store when Grim died in 1999. He, reportedly, had overdosed on drugs. Drummer Vrolok sessioned on the next album. Sit Erichsen was the band's next drummer. Live dates, in turn, were further completed with Satyricon's Frost 
  3. ^ "1349 interview". tartareandesire.com. June 2003. Retrieved 2011-12-07. We share our rehearsal-room with Satyricon, and we asked him to do the drums on a demo, and when he later heard the material for "Liberation" he wanted to be a full-time member.  
  4. ^ "1349 Drummer Rejoins Band In Chicago Following Visa Delay - May 1, 2010". Blabbermouth.net. 2010-05-01. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  5. ^ "Kjetil "FROST" Haraldstad". tamadrum.co.jp. Retrieved 2017-04-22. 
  6. ^ "Kjetil-Vidar Haraldstad". metalstorm.net. Retrieved 2017-04-22. 
  7. ^ "1349 - Liberation". Sputnikmusic. 2005-01-26. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  8. ^ "1349 - Hellfire". Metastorm. 2005-10-24. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  9. ^ "1349 - Demonoir review". Metastorm. 2010-05-26. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 

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