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Stovokor (band)

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Background information
OriginPortland, Oregon
GenresDeath metal
Years active2001 (2001)–present
Dashiell Marko
Ward Young
Jason Lewis
Jason Johansen
Nikolai Danilchik
Dominic Nigro
Past membersSally Dodd
Bill Salfelder
Matt Stikker

Stovokor is an American death metal band from Portland, Oregon. Its six current members are Dashiell Marko (Dajathl ʼIwjachpInʼa'), vocals; Ward Young (KhRʼELL), rhythm guitar, Jason Lewis (KhraaʼNik), bass guitar; Jason Johansen (Qui pe), lead guitar; Nikolai Danilchik (logh norgh), lead guitar, and Dominic Nigro (ghorchal) drums. The band is solely based on the Klingon characters that appear in the Star Trek franchise. All of the members of Stovokor dress in Klingon costumes and many of the band's lyrics are written in the Klingon and English languages.


The band is named for Sto-vo-kor, the afterlife of Star Trek's fictional Klingon species. Although acknowledging a debt to Klingon-themed karaoke,[1] according to guitarist Ward Young, the band has chosen the perfect genre for their characters: "Klingons are very macho, very militaristic, and metal is definitely their music."[1]

Band members have been known to strictly adhere to their personas. At a concert held at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, lead vocalist Bill Salfelder attacked a crowd member after a short exchange of insults.[2][3][4][5][6] The group has only released one demo album titled Metal of Honor in 2004, and have been known for appearing only sporadically. After lineup changes in 2012, the group resumed performing in the Portland area.

The band was featured in the documentary Trekkies 2 along with four other Star Trek themed bands including No Kill I and No Kill I the Next Generation[7] who were filmed performing at venues such as Sabala's bar.[8] The band has played notable shows in the company of Star Trek alumni, including one in September 2006 at the top of Seattle, Washington's Space Needle, for the fortieth anniversary of Star Trek.[9]


  • Metal of Honor (demo, 2004)


  1. ^ a b Jigar Mehta, "With a Song in Their Heart, Klingon Wannabees Star in Portland Bar" Archived 2011-05-26 at the Wayback Machine, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, October 31, 2003
  2. ^ "Lewis & Clark College Pioneer Log, Arts". Archived from the original on 2006-09-19.
  3. ^ Simiankolya (January 18, 2007). "Stovokor - The Machines of War". Archived from the original on 2021-12-22 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ Simms, Jason (April 16, 2007). "Stovokor Pinball Contest". Local Cut. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "Tod Emko's List:The Top 11 Things We're Most Thankful For". Archived from the original on 2007-04-18.
  6. ^ "Cosmo Garvin, "To Boldly Go," Sacramento Newsreview". Archived from the original on 2007-03-01. Retrieved 2007-03-21.
  7. ^ "Trekkies Director Roger Nygard Answers", Slashdot, November 18, 2004
  8. ^ Destination Fun Archived 2006-03-16 at the Wayback Machine, Portland Mercury, June 2–8, 2005
  9. ^ "Star Trek 40th Anniversary Gala Celebration and Conference". www.planetxpo.com. Archived from the original on 2007-02-21. Retrieved 2007-03-21.