Thomas Tofthagen

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Thomas Tofthagen
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Arve Isdal and Thomas Tofthagen (right) in concert with Audrey Horne in 2013
Background information
Born (1973-12-10) December 10, 1973 (age 45)
Origin Rykkinn, Akershus, Norway
Genres Heavy metal, hard rock
Occupation(s) Guitarist, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active2002–present
Labels Regain, Indie
Associated acts Sahg
Audrey Horne
Paul Di'Anno

Thomas Odd Tofthagen (born December 10, 1973 in Rykkinn, Akershus, Norway) is a Norwegian guitarist, best known for his work in rock bands Audrey Horne and Sahg.

Rykkinn Village in Østlandet, Norway

Rykkinn is a commuter town in the north-west of Bærum, Akershus county, Norway with about 10,000-15,000 inhabitants. It is located between Kolsås and the area of Skui and Vøyenenga.

Akershus County (fylke) of Norway

Akershus is a county in Norway, bordering Hedmark, Oppland, Buskerud, Oslo, and Østfold; it also has a short border with Sweden (Värmland). Akershus, with a little over 614,000 inhabitants, is the second most populated county by population after Oslo. The county is named after Akershus Fortress. The county administration is in Oslo, which is not part of the county per se.

Norway Country in Northern Europe

Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country in Northwestern Europe whose territory comprises of the western and northernmost portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula; the remote island of Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard are also part of the Kingdom of Norway. The Antarctic Peter I Island and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island are dependent territories and thus not considered part of the kingdom. Norway also lays claim to a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land.


Musical career

The best known Tofthagen’s career began in 2002, as a live guitarist of Arve Isdal (later Enslaved member) and former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'Anno. [1] With Di'Anno, he recorded the live video The Beast in the East in 2003. [2] [3]

Arve Isdal Norwegian musician

Arve Isdal, also known as Ice Dale, is a Norwegian musician and producer.

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Iron Maiden English heavy metal band

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In 2002, he founded Audrey Horne with Isdal and bassist Tom Cato Visnes (King ov Hell); the group was complete with the addition of singer Torkjell Rød, drummer Kjetil Greve and keyboardist Herbrand Larsen. Audrey Horne is one of the most recognized hard rock bands of the country. Their debut album, No Hay Banda , was winning in the Norwegian music awards Spellemannprisen in the category Best Metal Album of 2005. [4] Tofthagen has participated in the six albums released by Audrey Horne to date.

<i>No Hay Banda</i> 2005 studio album by Audrey Horne

No Hay Banda is the debut album by Norwegian rock band Audrey Horne, released in 2005. The album title "No hay banda" literally means "There is no band" in Spanish; the title was inspired by a line from the David Lynch film Mulholland Drive.

Spellemannprisen, often referred to as the Norwegian Grammy Awards in English, is a Norwegian music award presented to Norwegian musicians. The award was established by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), an organization that represents the interests of the recording industry worldwide. First awarded in 1973, the prize honours musicians from the previous year; it is still awarded annually. The Spellemann committee, composed of members of IFPI Norway and FONO, manages the award and acts as the judge. Twenty-one categories are currently awarded and the committee may award additional honorary and industry awards.

Parallel to this, he was a constant member of the hard rock band Sahg between 2004 and 2015, recording four studio albums, until he decided to resign for personal reasons. He was replaced by Ole Walaunet.

Sahg band

Sahg is a four-piece Norwegian hard rock/ doom metal band formed in Bergen in the summer of 2004, by key figures in the metal scene of their country: Tom Cato Visnes, Einar Selvik (Kvitrafn), Olav Iversen and Thomas Tofthagen. Iversen has been the main songwriter and the only constant member of the band since its inception.

Apart from his work in music, Tofthagen has worked as an architect full-time. [5]

Architect Person trained to plan and design buildings, and oversee their construction

An architect is a person who plans, designs and reviews the construction of buildings. To practice architecture means to provide services in connection with the design of buildings and the space within the site surrounding the buildings that have human occupancy or use as their principal purpose. Etymologically, architect derives from the Latin architectus, which derives from the Greek, i.e., chief builder.


Audrey Horne

Extended play Musical recording longer than a single, but shorter than a full album

An extended play record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP. Contemporary EPs generally contain a minimum of three tracks and maximum of six tracks, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP originally referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well.

<i>Le Fol</i> 2007 studio album by Audrey Horne

Le Fol is the second album by Norwegian rock band Audrey Horne. It was released in 2007.

<i>Audrey Horne</i> (album) 2010 studio album by Audrey Horne

Audrey Horne is the third album by Norwegian rock band Audrey Horne, released in 2010. As well as the standard edition, a special limited edition was released containing a bonus CD of acoustic recordings.


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<i>III</i> (Sahg album) 2010 studio album by Sahg

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The following is a list of notable events and releases of the year 1973 in Norwegian music.

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