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Gylve Fenris Nagell
Birth nameLeif Nagell
Also known asFenriz
Hank Amarillo
Gylve Fenris 'Mao Tse Tungrock' Nagell
Gylve Fenriz "Kaptein Vom" Nagell
Gylve Fenris ~More Claypool~ Nagell
Born (1971-11-28) 28 November 1971 (age 47)
Origin Kolbotn, Norway
Genres Black metal, death metal, speed metal, crust punk, doom metal, folk black metal, dark ambient
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, postal industry employee, councilman
InstrumentsDrums, electric guitar, bass guitar, vocals, keyboards, synth
Years active1986–present
Associated acts Darkthrone, Isengard, Neptune Towers, Valhall, Storm, Dødheimsgard

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, alongside Nocturno Culto. 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 encyclopedic knowledge of many different forms of music (notably metal), his eager support of other underground bands, and his lack of interest in the mainstream music business in general. Fenriz has had multiple solo projects, including the folk black metal project Isengard, the dark ambient project Neptune Towers and the doom metal project Valhall.

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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 black metal project called Isengard, for Darkthrone was at the time a band that opposed stylistic progression and change. Fenriz's solo dark 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.

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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. On one occasion in the 90s Fenriz claimed to have attended an anti-apartheid rally, but was arrested shortly thereafter. Fenriz famously 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 (alongside Varg Vikernes) is the principal focus of the 2009 documentary film Until The Light Takes Us (filmed in the early 2000s).

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Despite claiming to be apolitical, Fenriz’s political career was established in 2015 when he became a vice-councilman in Oppegård council. [1] His election was reported internationally in late 2016. [2] 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". [3] His "campaign" consisted of posting signs of him holding his cat with the caption "Please Don't Vote For Me". [4] [5]

Oppegård Municipality in Akershus, Norway

Oppegård is a village and municipality in Akershus county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Follo. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Kolbotn. The new municipality of Oppegård was separated from the municipality of Nesodden on 1 July 1915. The municipality has an area of 37 square kilometres (14.3 sq mi), hence it is the smallest municipality in Akershus by area.

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The Liberal Party is a social-liberal political party in Norway. The party is the oldest in Norway, and has enacted reforms such as parliamentarism, freedom of religion, universal suffrage and state schooling. For most of the late 19th and early 20th century, it was Norway's largest and dominant political party, but in the postwar era it lost most of its support and became a relatively small party. The party has nevertheless participated in several centrist and centre-right government coalitions in the postwar era. It currently holds eight seats in the Parliament, and is also a part of Norway's government together with the Conservative Party, the Progress Party, and the Christian Democratic Party. Since 2010, the leader of the party is Trine Skei Grande.

Fenriz currently lives in his hometown of Kolbotn [6] . He is a DJ and has made several online music compilations, and also hosts his own radio show on NTS called "Radio Fenriz" [7] . Outside of music, Fenriz has famously been working part time in the Postal Industry since 1993. [8] 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. Fenriz got married in 2013 to a woman named Marte. [9]

Kolbotn Town in Østlandet, Norway

Kolbotn is the centre of Oppegård, Norway. The population is about 8,000. Kolbotn has several elementary schools, four middle schools and a high school. Town is located at the end of Kolbotnvannet, a lake.

Musical projects


1987Trash Core '87 (demo)Black Death (pre-Darkthrone)drums, vocals
1987Black is Beautiful (demo)Black Death (pre-Darkthrone)drums, vocals
1987Land of Frost (demo)Darkthronedrums, vocals
1987A New Dimension (demo)Darkthronedrums
1988The Castle of Death (demo)Valhalldrums
1989Thulcandra (demo)Darkthronedrums, vocals
1989Cromlech (demo)Darkthronedrums
1989Spectres Over Gorgoroth (demo)Isengardeverything
1991Horizons (demo)Isengardeverything
1991 Soulside Journey Darkthronedrums
1991 Goatlord (demo)Darkthronedrums, vocals
1992 A Blaze in the Northern Sky Darkthronedrums
1993 Under a Funeral Moon Darkthronedrums
1993Vanderen (demo)Isengardeverything
1994 Transilvanian Hunger Darkthronedrums, rhythm guitar, bass
1994 Caravans to Empire Algol Neptune Towerseverything
1994Promo 1994 (demo)Dødheimsgardbass
1995 Høstmørke Isengardeverything
1995 Transmissions from Empire Algol Neptune Towerseverything
1995 Panzerfaust Darkthronedrums, guitar, bass
1995NordavindStormdrums, additional vocals
1995 Kronet Til Konge Dødheimsgardbass, additional vocals
1995Promo 1995 (demo)Dødheimsgardbass, additional vocals
1996 Total Death Darkthronedrums; additional guitar and bass
1997Heading for MarsValhalldrums
1999 Ravishing Grimness Darkthronedrums
2001 Plaguewielder Darkthronedrums
2003 Hate Them Darkthronedrums
2004 Sardonic Wrath Darkthronedrums; additional vocals
2006 Too Old, Too Cold (single)Darkthronedrums; additional vocals and guitars
2006 The Cult is Alive Darkthronedrums; additional vocals and guitars
2006 Forebyggende krig (single)Darkthronedrums; additional vocals
2007 NWOBHM (EP)Darkthronedrums; additional vocals and guitars
2007 F.O.A.D. Darkthronedrums; additional vocals
2008 Dark Thrones and Black Flags Darkthronedrums; vocals and guitars (shared)
2009Red PlanetValhalldrums
2009Engangsgrill (split)Fenriz' Red Planet/Nattefrost everything (tracks 1-3) (recorded in 1993)
2009Fuck You AllFuck You Allbass (recorded in 2002)
2010 Circle the Wagons Darkthronedrums; vocals and guitars (shared)
2013 The Underground Resistance Darkthronedrums, vocals (shared), guitar solo on track 2, bass on track 4
2015 Regress FF Regress FFeverything (recorded in 1994)
2016 Arctic Thunder Darkthronedrums; additional bass and guitars
2016 Traditional Doom Cult Isengardeverything (recorded 1989-1990)
2019 Old Star DarkthroneDrums

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