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Birth nameHenrik Nordvargr Björkk
Born (1971-11-14) 14 November 1971 (age 48)
GenresIndustrial, noise, black metal, martial, dark ambient
Instrumentssynthesizers, drum machines
Years active1988–present
Associated actsAll Hail The Transcending Ghost
D.I.N., Econocon, Folkstorm, Goatvargr, Hydra Head 9, Incinerator International, Körperwelten, L/A/B, Lorv, Marvargr, Muskel, Mz.412, Naer Mataron, Nordvargr / Drakh, Pouppée Fabrikk, Thee Maldoror Kollective, TOROIDH, Vargr

Nordvargr is the most commonly used name for Swedish musician Henrik Nordvargr Björkk.[1][2]


Early Influence[edit]

In the late seventies Björkk became aware of music recorded by bands such as Kiss.[3] After this he began buying music on a regular basis, staying true to the metal scene throughout his early teens.[3] His taste and thoughts changed when he heard the German band Kraftwerk with their electronic sound and cold drum rhythms.[3] When he was 16 he bought a Roland SH-101 synthesiser and began working on music inspired by bands such as DAF and Front 242.[3] This led to Björkk recording with friends producing what would later be the band Pouppée Fabrikk.[3]

Maschinenzimmer 412[edit]

Nordvargr with Poupée Fabrikk at E-Tropolis 2014

In 1988 Nordvargr became part of the influential black industrial combo Maschinenzimmer 412 (later Mz.412).[2] The first album, Malfeitor, was released in 1989 on the Cold Meat Industry label. This first album was limited to seven hundred copies.[4] Since then, he has systematically explored the broad field of post-industrial music, releasing solo records covering noise, power electronics, militant, dark ambient, drone, blackened noise, experimental and avant garde. In parallel to his band activities, he has pursued a solo career with a vast amount of record releases.

All Hail The Transcending Ghost[edit]

In 2009 Nordvargr collaborated with Tim Bertilsson to produce the new project titled All Hail The Transcending Ghost. The album of the same name was released by Cold Spring.[1]

Musical style[edit]

Nordvargr's early work was characterised by The Wire as "cultish Dark Ambient", but became more experimental.[5][6] He has made industrial music (Mz.412), and ambient black metal (Vargr).[2]



  1. ^ a b Cold Spring Records Archived 10 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 5 November 2009
  2. ^ a b c Lee, Cosmo "Pyrrhula Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2011-02-05
  3. ^ a b c d e Nordvargr Interview Archived 25 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 5 November 2009
  4. ^ Nordvargr Discography Retrieved on 5 November 2009
  5. ^ Marking, Lasse (2006) "Sizzling Bacon", The Wire, Volumes 263–268, p. 56
  6. ^ "SIDDHARTA a Prato: 'Congresso Post Industriale'",, 14 February 2009, retrieved 2011-02-05

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