Genres: Heavy Metal
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s


Like Enslaved, a Viking metal band who perform aggressive black metal with pagan themes, this Swedish band was formed in 1990 by Johnny Hedlund (25 August 1968, Sweden; vocals/bass), Tomas Masgard (b. 8 January 1971, Sweden; guitar), Fredrik Folkare (b. 7 September 1973, Sweden; guitar) and Anders Schultz (b. 25 September 1973, Sweden; drums). The quartet obviously touched a nerve in the metal scene at the time. Their relatively simple, well-crafted music was simple enough to get the listeners involved but brutal enough that it never lost a certain air of danger, and Century Media were quick to sign them. Where No Life Dwells was an efficient mission statement, and was followed up in 1992 by Shadows In The Deep. Fans flocked to hear their pro-Viking sentiments and they have gone on to become one of the most prestigious acts in the Century stable. They also keep an eye out for their fans: for example, when an expensive bootlegged version of one of their shows was...

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