Stian Aarstad

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Stian Aarstad
Birth name Stian Aarstad
Origin Norway
Genres Heavy metal, Black metal, Symphonic Black Metal
Occupation(s) Musician, Songwriter, Record Producer
Instruments Keyboards, piano, synthesizers
Associated acts Dimmu Borgir, Enthral, Old Man's Child, Vaakevandring

Stian Aarstad is a Norwegian pianist and keyboard player best known for his four-year (1993–1997) stint with the black metal band Dimmu Borgir during which he played keyboards and synthesizers while engendering criticism and controversy for appearing onstage and performing in a top-hat-and-cape outfit reminiscent of Jack the Ripper,[1] while wearing minimal corpse makeup and not moving or showing any emotion. Upon joining Dimmu Borgir, he didn't listen to metal music, preferring only to listen to classical.[1]

In 1998 to 1999, he produced a demo-EP for the unblack metal band Vaakevandring. In the 2000s, Aarstad had been the pianist for the band Enthral,[1] but left his regular position during the recording of the band's third album.