Trond Bråthen

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Trond Bråthen
Urgehal Metal Mean Festival 20 08 2011 01.jpg
Bråthen performing with Urgehal at the Metal Mean Festival in Belgium, 2011
Background information
Also known as Trondr Nefas
Alastor Nefas
Born (1977-05-28)28 May 1977
Hønefoss, Buskerud County, Norway
Died 13 May 2012(2012-05-13) (aged 34)
Hønefoss, Buskerud County, Norway
Genres Black metal
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist
Instruments Vocals, electric guitar, bass
Years active 1992–2012
Labels No Colours Records, Flesh for Beast, Agonia Records, Season of Mist
Associated acts Urgehal, Beastcraft, In Lingua Mortua, Angst Skvadron, Endezzma

Trond Bråthen (28 May 1977 – 13 May 2012), also known by the stage names Trondr Nefas and Alastor Nefas, or simply as Nefas, was a Norwegian singer-songwriter, guitarist and bassist. Despite being primarily known for his work as the vocalist and lead guitarist of black metal group Urgehal, which he founded in 1992 alongside Thomas "Enzifer" Søberg,[1] he had numerous other projects as well, such as Beastcraft (in which he performed as "Alastor Nefas"), In Lingua Mortua, Endezzma (formerly known as Dim Nagel) and Angst Skvadron. In all of those side projects he collaborated with fellow musician and former Ásmegin member Lars Fredrik Frøislie.

On 13 May 2012 (nearly two weeks before his 35th birthday), Bråthen was found dead at his home.[2][3] According to his Urgehal bandmates, he most probably died of natural causes in his sleep. On the following day they released a statement via their record label, Season of Mist:

Prior to his death Bråthen was working on a documentary about the Norwegian black metal scene, entitled A Black Metal Year in Norway. Originally slated to a 2012 release, his death prevented it from being finished and released. (A very rough cut of the film is available at YouTube though.[5]) Around the same time Urgehal began work on their seventh studio album, Aeons in Sodom, which remained unfinished until 2016 – it was eventually finished with the help of numerous guest musicians and released on 12 February.

He is survived by his brother, Thomas Bråthen, and by fiancée Octavia.


With Urgehal[edit]

For a more comprehensive list, see Urgehal#Discography

With Beastcraft[edit]

  • 2005: Into the Burning Pit of Hell
  • 2007: Baptised in Blood and Goatsemen

With In Lingua Mortua[edit]

  • 2007: Bellowing Sea – Racked by Tempest
  • 2010: Salon des Refusés

With Angst Skvadron[edit]

  • 2008: Flukt
  • 2010: Sweet Poison

With Endezzma[edit]

  • 2012: Erotik Nekrosis


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