Vocalist of the Norwegian black metal band Gorgoroth from 1998 to 2009
Date of Birth: 07.08.1975
Country: Norway

  1. Biography of Gaahl
  2. Early Career
  3. Trelldom and Gaahlskagg
  4. Sigfader
  5. Personal Life and Controversy
  6. God Seed and Ov Hell
  7. Recent Work

Biography of Gaahl

Gaahl is a Norwegian musician and vocalist known for his work in the black metal band Gorgoroth from 1998 to 2009. He is also the creator and member of several other musical projects.

Early Career

Gaahl began his career as the vocalist for the black metal band Gorgoroth in 1998. During his time with the band, he gained a reputation for his intense and powerful vocal style.

Trelldom and Gaahlskagg

In addition to Gorgoroth, Gaahl is also the vocalist for two other bands: Trelldom and Gaahlskagg. Trelldom, which has been active since 1992, has released three albums. Gaahl is the only permanent member of Trelldom, with the albums recorded using session musicians. Gaahlskagg, founded in 1998, includes Gaahl as well as Gorgoroth's live guitarist Skagg (Stian L?greid) and session musicians. The band plans to release their second album, Av Norront Blot.


Gaahl was also involved in a project called Sigfader, which included Skagg and former Gorgoroth drummer Kvitrafn (Einar Selvik). The project released a recording, Sigfaders Hevner, in 1999. Not much is known about the project beyond this release.

Personal Life and Controversy

Gaahl gave a small interview for the documentary film Metal: A Headbanger's Journey in 2005, discussing church burnings and his views on Satanism. He has stated that he follows ancient Norse shamanism, which he primarily expresses through his work with Trelldom.

In 2005, Gaahl was sentenced to 14 months of imprisonment and ordered to pay a fine for assaulting a 41-year-old man and making threats to drink his blood in 2002. Initially, he was sentenced to 18 months, but the term was reduced after an appeal. He was released in December 2006.

God Seed and Ov Hell

In 2007, a legal dispute arose over the rights to the name Gorgoroth. Gaahl and King ov Hell initially won the decision from the Norwegian Patent Office, but Infernus later succeeded in canceling the registration and claiming the rights for himself. Gaahl and King ov Hell then formed the band God Seed, releasing material and performing live. However, Gaahl left the band in 2009 and departed from metal music altogether, continuing his work with Trelldom. King ov Hell invited vocalist Shagrath to join the band and renamed it Ov Hell.

Recent Work

Currently, Gaahl works as a backing vocalist for the Norwegian folk band Wardruna, led by former Gorgoroth drummer Einar Selvik (Kvitrafn).

In July 2008, it was announced that Gaahl was involved in the creation of a women's clothing collection with model agent Dan De Vero. De Vero mentioned in an interview that they had a close relationship. In an interview for the November issue of "Rock Hard" magazine, Gaahl openly admitted that he is gay.

In February 2010, Gaahl was awarded the main prize at the annual Bergen Gay Gala. He was named the "Homosexual Of The Year" for his contribution to the development of the gay community in Norway.