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Gylve Fenris Nagell (born 28 November 1971), better known as Fenriz, is a Norwegian musician and politician who is best known as being one half of the metal duo Darkthrone. Although primarily a drummer, he has also performed bass, guitar and vocals for Darkthrone and a number of other metal bands. Fenriz is known for his refusal to play live, his obsessiveness about music listening, supporting other underground bands and his lack of interest in the mainstream music business in general. Fenriz has had three solo projects: the folk metal project Isengard, the dark ambient project Neptune Towers and the doom metal project Valhall.
Gylve Fenris Nagell
Fenriz in 2005
|Birth name||Leif Nagell|
|Also known as||Fenriz|
|Born||28 November 1971|
|Genres||Black metal, death metal, speed metal, crust punk, doom metal, folk metal, ambient|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, postal industry employee, councilman|
|Instruments||Drums, electric guitar, bass guitar, vocals, keyboards, synth|
|Associated acts||Darkthrone, Isengard, Neptune Towers, Valhall, Storm, Dødheimsgard|
Fenriz’s first exposure to heavy metal music came when he was three years old and received Uriah Heep's album Sweet Freedom from his uncle for his birthday. At the age of five, he would make fashion belts for himself out of paper in an imitation of those worn by Mick Box. Other musical interests in his early years included rock and heavy metal groups such as The Doors, Grand Funk Railroad, Steppenwolf, The Byrds, Elvis Presley, Kiss, AC/DC, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath.
Darkthrone was created as a death metal band by the name of "Black Death" in 1986. In 1987 he got involved with the group Valhall, which practiced in his basement. Fenriz said he had a passive interest in Bathory and Celtic Frost by 1986, but claims that he did not understand the "darkness" of black metal until hearing a song by the Hungarian band Tormentor in 1989 (he gives similar credit to Mercyful Fate). The same year, Fenriz left Valhall to focus on Darkthrone, which became one of the key bands in the early Norwegian black metal scene after its first death metal album. He also began a folk metal project called Isengard, for Darkthrone was at the time a band that opposed stylistic progression and change. Fenriz's solo ambient project Neptune Towers served as an example of his varied musical tastes. It was followed by another quintessential contribution to the folk metal scene with Storm.
Fenriz changed his legal name from Leif Nagell to Gylve Fenris Nagell in the early 1990s.
Fenriz now claims to be apolitical, remaining non-partisan towards the events of early Norwegian black metal. In one interview, Fenriz said that he was against the book Lords of Chaos, comparing its hype to Oprah. Fenriz prefers to keep Darkthrone out of the spotlight. In late 2004, he turned down a nomination for a Norwegian Alarm Award. He claimed that Darkthrone had "no interest in being part of the glitter and showbiz side of the music industry". Fenriz is one of the main characters in the 2009 documentary film Until The Light Takes Us (filmed in the early 2000s).
Despite claiming to be apolitical, Fenriz’s political career was established in 2015 when he became a vice-councilman in Oppegård council. His election was reported internationally in late 2016. He is on the council for a term of four years after being called by the liberal political party Venstre and agreeing to be placed on its list. In an interview with CLRVYNT, Fenris claimed "Basically, they called and asked if I wanted to be on the list [of backup representatives]... I said yeah, thinking I would be like eighteenth on the list and I wouldn't really have to do anything. They just need a list to be able to – well, it's hard to talk local politics in another language". His "campaign" consisted of posting signs of him holding his cat with the caption "Please Don't Vote For Me".
Fenriz currently lives in the outskirts of Oslo where he had a record label with his Darkthrone bandmate Nocturno Culto called Tyrant Syndicate Productions. The record label itself was a sub-label of Peaceville Records (to which Darkthrone is signed). In late 2004, Fenriz released a compilation album through Peaceville, Fenriz Presents... The Best of Old-School Black Metal, which included selected tracks from such influential artists as Celtic Frost, Hellhammer, Burzum, and Bathory. He is a DJ and has made several online music compilations.
Outside of music, Fenriz has famously been working part time in the Postal Industry since 1993. Often he is referred to as working in the Post Office, which is incorrect as he does not deliver post and works sorting machines in the main facility.
- Darkthrone – drums, bass, rhythm guitar, vocals, lyrics (1986—present)
- Valhall – drums (1987—1989, 2007—present)
- Fenriz′ Red Planet – guitar, bass, drums, vocals, lyrics (1993—present) – solo project
- Isengard – drums, guitar, bass, vocals, lyrics (1989—1995) – solo project
- Neptune Towers – keyboard, farfisa organ, synthesizers (1993—1995) – solo project
- Dødheimsgard – bass and synthesizer on Kronet Til Konge (1995)
- Storm – drums, vocals (1995) – (with Satyr from Satyricon)
- Eibon – drums, 1999 (with Satyr from Satyricon, Killjoy from Necrophagia, Phil Anselmo from Pantera)
- Fuck You All – bass (2000—2001)
|1987||Trash Core '87 (demo)||Black Death (pre-Darkthrone)||drums, vocals|
|1987||Black is Beautiful (demo)||Black Death (pre-Darkthrone)||drums, vocals|
|1987||Land of Frost (demo)||Darkthrone||drums, vocals|
|1987||A New Dimension (demo)||Darkthrone||drums|
|1988||The Castle of Death (demo)||Valhall||drums|
|1989||Thulcandra (demo)||Darkthrone||drums, vocals|
|1989||Spectres Over Gorgoroth (demo)||Isengard||everything|
|1991||Goatlord (demo)||Darkthrone||drums, vocals|
|1992||A Blaze in the Northern Sky||Darkthrone||drums|
|1993||Under a Funeral Moon||Darkthrone||drums|
|1994||Transilvanian Hunger||Darkthrone||drums, rhythm guitar, bass|
|1994||Caravans to Empire Algol||Neptune Towers||everything|
|1994||Promo 1994 (demo)||Dødheimsgard||bass|
|1995||Transmissions from Empire Algol||Neptune Towers||everything|
|1995||Panzerfaust||Darkthrone||drums, guitar, bass|
|1995||Nordavind||Storm||drums, additional vocals|
|1995||Kronet Til Konge||Dødheimsgard||bass, additional vocals|
|1995||Promo 1995 (demo)||Dødheimsgard||bass, additional vocals|
|1996||Total Death||Darkthrone||drums; additional guitar and bass|
|1997||Heading for Mars||Valhall||drums|
|2004||Sardonic Wrath||Darkthrone||drums; additional vocals|
|2006||The Cult is Alive||Darkthrone||drums; additional vocals and guitar|
|2007||F.O.A.D.||Darkthrone||drums; additional vocals|
|2008||Dark Thrones and Black Flags||Darkthrone||drums; vocals and guitar (shared)|
|2009||Engangsgrill (demo)||Fenriz' Red Planet||everything|
|2009||Fuck You All||Fuck You All||bass|
|2010||Circle the Wagons||Darkthrone||drums; vocals and guitar (shared)|
|2013||The Underground Resistance||Darkthrone||drums, vocals (shared), guitar solo on track 2, bass on track 4|
|2016||Arctic Thunder||Darkthrone||drums, bass guitar, electric guitar (additional)|
- Ulver – vocals on "A Song of Liberty Plates 25–27" from the album Themes from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1998)
- Aura Noir – additional vocals on Increased Damnation (2000) and The Merciless (2004)
- Red Harvest – additional vocals on "Absolut Dunkel:heit" from the album Cold Dark Matter (2000)
- Cadaver Inc. – additional vocals on Discipline (2001)
- Audiopain – additional lyrics on Revel in Desecration (2002)
- Trashcan Darlings – additional vocals on "Dehumanizer" from the album Episode 1: The Lipstick Menace (2002)
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- "Det nye kommunestyret - Oppegård kommune". 16 September 2015. Archived from the original on 8 November 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
- Rosenberg, Axl (8 September 2016). "Fenriz from Darkthrone Accidentally Got Elected to His Town Council". Metal Sucks. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
- Complete Music Update
- Metal Injection Accessed 12 September 2016
- Factmag Fans elect black metal legend Fenriz to town council, accessed 12 September 2016
- Norton, Justin (15 March 2013). "I Am The Working Class: The MetalSucks Interview with Fenriz". Metal Sucks. Retrieved 27 August 2018.