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Stian Tomt Thoresen (born 18 November 1976[1][2][3]), known professionally as Shagrath, is a Norwegian musician best known as the vocalist, founding member and multi-instrumentalist of the band Dimmu Borgir.

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Background information
Birth nameStian Tomt Thoresen
Born (1976-11-18) 18 November 1976 (age 42)
Jessheim, Akershus, Norway
GenresSymphonic black metal
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards
Associated actsDimmu Borgir, Chrome Division, Ragnarok, Fimbulwinter, Ov Hell, Kamelot
Shagrath with Dimmu Borgir live at Wacken Open Air 2018


Stian Thoresen was born on 18 November 1976 in Jessheim. He is a founding member, with Silenoz and Tjodalv, of Dimmu Borgir. When the band formed in 1993, Shagrath played drums, but switched to vocals before the release of the album Stormblåst in 1996. He has also played keyboards, guitar, and bass guitar. Shagrath played guitar in Fimbulwinter until the band split up in 1992. Fimbulwinter released one album, Servants of Sorcery, through Hot Records (Shagrath's record label) in 1994. Shagrath is the rhythm guitarist/songwriter and founding member of the hard rock band Chrome Division, which formed in 2004.

In late 2009, Shagrath and King ov Hell formed the black metal supergroup Ov Hell. In February 2010 the band released an album entitled The Underworld Regime. Shagrath has also played guest keyboards in the black metal band Ragnarok, and had a solo project named Starkness.

Stage nameEdit

Shagrath has said this about his stage name: "Shagrath is an demon name orc demon from the book Lord of the Rings. I chose the name thirteen years ago, so it's kinda crappy that Lord of the Rings has become so big now. Fortunately it [the name] didn't get that much attention in the movie, so it turned out all OK."[4] The Tolkien character Shagrat is however not a demon, but the orc commander over Cirith Ungol.[5][circular reference]


With Dimmu BorgirEdit

With Chrome DivisionEdit

With StarknessEdit

  • Unto The Darkly Shining World (single) (1996) (Solo Project )

With RagnarokEdit

With Ov HellEdit

With FimbulwinterEdit

As a guest vocalistEdit

  • AstarteSirens (2004, song "The Ring of Sorrow")
  • DiazVelkommen Hjem Andres (2004, song "Mitt Terningkast")
  • DestructionInventor of Evil (2005, song "The Alliance of Hellhoundz")
  • KamelotThe Black Halo (2005, songs "March of Mephisto" and "Memento Mori")
  • SusperiaAttitude (2009, song "Sick Bastard")
  • Crossplane – Class of Hellhound high (2013) song : I will be King
  • The Carburetors – Laughing in the face of death (2015) song : Lords Of Thunder


  1. ^ Shagrath at Encyclopaedia Metallum
  2. ^ STIAN TOMT THORESEN at Retrieved 23 May 2018
  3. ^ Norsk Black / Ekstrem Metal Retrieved 23 May 2018
  4. ^ "Dimmu Borgir - Interview on NRK1 (Subbed)".
  5. ^ "List of Middle earth Orcs - Shagrat".