Steinar Sverd Johnsen

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Steinar Sverd Johnsen
Arcturus 2005 - Sverd & Moren.jpg
Sverd (left) with Arcturus guitarist Tore Moren
Background information
Origin Norway
Genres Heavy metal
Black metal
Avant-garde metal
Industrial metal
Occupation(s) Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Keyboards, Synthesizer, Piano, Guitar
Associated acts Arcturus

Steinar Sverd Johnsen is a Norwegian keyboardist and composer, born 1972. Sverd plays keyboards and synthesizers in Arcturus and was also the main composer for the band. He formed the band with Jan Axel Blomberg (also known as Hellhammer) of Mayhem in 1987, originally under the moniker Mortem (where he played guitar).[1] The band split up in April 2007, but reformed in 2011.

In 1998, Sverd was recruited by the band, The Kovenant, known at the time as Covenant, along with Hellhammer.[2] After the release of the album Nexus Polaris, Sverd and the band parted ways.

Sverd has also been a guest on a few releases by prominent Norwegian black metal bands, Ulver and Satyricon.


With Mortem[edit]

  • Slow Death (Demo) (1989)
  • Slow Death EP (1990)

With Arcturus[edit]

  1. Promo 90 (Demo) (1990)
  2. My Angel EP (1991)
  3. Constellation MCD (1994)
  4. Aspera Hiems Symfonia (1995)
  5. Constellation LP (1997)
  6. La Masquerade Infernale (1997)
  7. Disguised Masters (1999)
  8. Aspera Hiems Symfonia/Constellation/My Angel re-release (2001)
  9. The Sham Mirrors (2002)
  10. Sideshow Symphonies (2005)
  11. Shipwrecked In Oslo (2006)
  12. Arcturian (2015)

With Covenant[edit]

  1. Nexus Polaris (1998)

As a session musician[edit]

  1. Satyricon - The Shadowthrone (1994) (credited as S.S.)
  2. Ved Buens Ende - ...Coiled in Obscurity (1995)

As a guest musician[edit]

  1. Ulver - Bergtatt - Et Eeventyr i 5 Capitler (1995)
  2. Fleurety - Department of Apocalyptic Affairs - (2000)


  1. ^ Reesman, Bryan. "Biography: Arcturus". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  2. ^ DaRonco, Mike. "Biography: Kovenant". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 March 2010.