Famous Norwegian Guitarists

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Euronymous
(Guitarist)
Euronymous
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Birthdate: March 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Egersund
Died: August 10, 1993
Øystein Aarseth, better known as Euronymous, was a pioneer in the Norwegian black-metal circuit. He co-founded the band Mayhem and was its guitarist. He also launched the metal record label Deathlike Silence Productions and the black-metal record shop Helvete. A self-proclaimed Satanist, he was murdered by his bandmate Varg Vikernes.
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Varg Vikernes
(Musician)
Varg Vikernes
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Birthdate: February 11, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bergen, Norway
Death metal artist Varg Vikernes initially rose to fame with his solo project Burzum and then performed as part of the band Mayhem. He spent 15 years behind bars for killing his bandmate Euronymous. He also founded the neo-Nazi Norwegian Heathen Front and calls himself a believer of “Odalism.”
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Magne Furuholmen
(Norwegian Musician and Visual Artist)
Magne Furuholmen
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Birthdate: November 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

Magne Furuholmen is a Norwegian visual artist and musician known for founding the popular synth-pop band A-ha where he plays the keyboard and guitar. Thanks to the popularity of the band, Furuholmen has achieved international fame. As a songwriter, Furuholmen has delivered hits like Cry Wolf and Manhattan Skyline. He has also held exhibitions across Norway as a visual artist.

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Necrobutcher
(Norwegian Musician Best Known as the Bassist in the Black Metal Band 'Mayhem')
Necrobutcher
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Birthdate: April 13, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Norway

Jorn Stubberud is a Norwegian musician and bassist. He is best known as the co-founder of the popular black metal band Mayhem where he performs as a bassist under the stage name Necrobutcher. Apart from playing for Mayhem, Jorn Stubberud has also contributed to the success of other bands like Checker Patrol, L.E.G.O., and Kvikksølvguttene.

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Ihsahn
(Known for His Work With Black Metal Band ‘Emperor’ & Founding Member of ‘Thou Shalt Suffer')
Ihsahn
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Birthdate: October 10, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Notodden, Norway

Ihsahn is a Norwegian vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist known for his association with the black metal band Emperor. He is credited with founding the band Thou Shalt Suffer and also contributed immensely to the avant-garde band Peccatum. Apart from metal music, Ihsahn also incorporates classical, progressive, and industrial elements. He is also credited with creating the symphonic black metal genre.

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Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
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Birthdate: September 6, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tonsenhagen, Oslo, Norway

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy is a Norwegian guitarist, songwriter, and musician. He is best known for his association with the popular synth-pop band A-ha, where he performs as a guitarist apart from being the main songwriter. Paul Waaktaar-Savoy is the recipient of two Spellemannprisen, which is referred to as the Norwegian Grammy Awards.

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Shagrath
(Norwegian Vocalist, Founding Member and Multi-Instrumentalist of the Band 'Dimmu Borgir')
Shagrath
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Birthdate: November 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jessheim, Norway

Shagrath is a Norwegian musician best known as the founding member of the popular symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir where he performs as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. Shagrath is also credited with co-forming a black metal supergroup called Ov Hell. Shagrath's stage persona is inspired by an orc from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.

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Roy Khan
(Norwegian Singer-Songwriter and Lead Vocalist for Progressive Metal Band 'Conception')
Roy Khan
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Birthdate: March 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Elverum, Norway

Roy Khan is a Norwegian songwriter and singer best known for his association with the progressive metal band Conception where he is the lead singer. Roy Khan is also known for his contribution to the symphonic power metal band Kamelot where he wrote several songs apart from serving as the band's lead vocalist from 1997 to 2011.

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John Norum
(Singer, Musician, Guitarist)
John Norum
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Birthdate: February 23, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vardø

John Norum is a Norwegian-Swedish rock guitarist best known as the co-founder of the popular Swedish rock band Europe. Apart from contributing to the success of Europe, John Norum has also had a successful solo career. Some of his solo albums like Total Control and Play Yard Blues have achieved success and fame. 

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Infernus
(Norwegian Black Metal Musician and Founding Member of the Black Metal Band 'Gorgoroth')
Infernus
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Birthdate: June 18, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Umeå, Sweden

Roger Tiegs is a Norwegian musician and Satanist best known as the founder of the popular black metal band Gorgoroth. Although he is mainly known for his skills as a guitarist, Tiegs has also contributed as a vocalist, bassist, and drummer for Gorgoroth as well as other bands. Roger Tiegs is also credited with founding Forces of Satan Records.

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Marit Larsen
(Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Pianist)
Marit Larsen
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Birthdate: July 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lørenskog

Marit Larsen is a Norwegian singer-songwriter best known for forming the internationally recognized pop duo M2M with fellow musician and childhood friend Marion Raven. After they stopped performing together in 2002, Marit Larsen started a solo career and has won many prestigious awards, including three Spellemannprisen.

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Ane Brun
(Musician, Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter)
Ane Brun
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Birthdate: March 10, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Molde

Ane Brun is a Norwegian guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. She is credited with founding her own record label, Balloon Ranger Recordings. Many of her works like A Temporary Dive and It All Starts with One have become chartbusters and multi-platinum albums.

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Samoth
(Norwegian Guitarist and Multi-Instrumentalist Known for His Distinct Guitar Work and Drumming in the Band 'Emperor')
Samoth
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Birthdate: June 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hammerfest, Norway

Samoth is a Norwegian multi-instrumentalist and musician best known for his association with Norway's black metal scene. He is credited with co-founding a blackened death metal band named Zyklon in 1998. He also owned a record company named Nocturnal Art Productions.

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Tom Cato Visnes
(Musician best known as the former bassist of black metal band Gorgoroth)
Tom Cato Visnes
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Birthdate: November 27, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bergen, Norway

Tom Cato Visnes, better known to fans as King ov Hell, soared to fame as the bassist of the Norwegian black metal band Gorgoroth. He was part of the project Abbath and has co-launched bands such as Ov Hell and God Seed. Interestingly, he is also an English teacher.

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Sigurd Wongraven
(Norwegian Musician Who is the Vocalist, Guitarist, Bassist and Keyboardist for the Black Metal Band 'Satyricon')
Sigurd Wongraven
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Birthdate: November 28, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

Exposed to music since he was of age 3, Norwegian singer Sigurd Wongraven later soared to fame with the black metal band Satyricon. Interestingly, he aspired to be a footballer as a young boy. He also once owned a wine business. He has also sung for bands such as Darkthrone and Storm.

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Nocturno Culto
(Vocalist, Lead Guitarist, and Partial Bassist of Black Metal Band ‘Darkthrone')
Nocturno Culto
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Birthdate: March 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kolbotn, Norway

Ted Skjellum, better known as Nocturno Culto, soared to fame as a guitarist, bassist, and vocalist for the Nigerian extreme metal band Darkthrone. He has also played the guitar for Satyricon, using the name Kveldulv, and been part of the project Gift of Gods. He has co-managed the label Tyrant Syndicate, too.

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Sondre Lerche
(Norwegian Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist)
Sondre Lerche
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Birthdate: September 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bergen, Norway

Starting his training in music at age 8, Norwegian singer Sondre Lerche ended up penning his first song at age 14. Scouted by producer H.P. Gundersen, he later experimented with psychedelia and Brazilian music. His debut album, Faces Down, was named one of the top 50 albums of 2002 by Rolling Stone.

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Silenoz
(Guitarist and Founding Member of the Norwegian Symphonic Black Metal Band ‘Dimmu Borgir')
Silenoz
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Birthdate: March 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nannestad, Norway

Norwegian guitarist Sven Atle Kopperud, known to his fans as Silenoz, not just co-founded the symphonic metal band Dimmu Borgir but also grew to be its main songwriter. He has also voiced for the Adult Swim cartoon Metalocalypse and played the guitar for the metal supergroup Insidious Disease.

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Ida Maria
(Singer, Musician, Guitarist)
Ida Maria
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Birthdate: July 13, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nesna

Ida Maria, one of Norway’s top punk rockers, is a self-taught guitarist and had started performing at age 14. She soared to fame with the chartbusting track I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked and later followed up with songs such as I’m Busy. She apparently experiences synesthesia.

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Galder
(Guitarist)
Galder
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Birthdate: October 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Norway

The lead guitarist of the Norwegian symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir, Tom Rune Andersen, better known as Galder, also launched his own band, Old Man's Child. Known for his heavy tremolo picking, he initially also used the pseudonym Grusom. He has worked with the extreme metal band Dødheimsgard, too.

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Terje Rypdal
(Guitarist, Composer)
Terje Rypdal
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Birthdate: August 23, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

Award-winning Norwegian jazz musician, guitarist, and composer Terje Rypdal had already learned the piano, the guitar, and the trumpet by age 12. Named the tone poet of the Fender Stratocaster, he launched the psychedelic rock band Dream. His album Odyssey was a hallmark of jazz-rock fusion.

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Georg Kajanus
(Composer)
Georg Kajanus
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Birthdate: February 9, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Trondheim

Best known for writing tracks such as Girls Girls Girls and A Glass of Champagne as part of the British band Sailor, Norwegian composer and musician Georg Kajanus is a descendant of Finnish composer Robert Kajanus. He has previously been part of the folk-rock band Eclection.

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Jahn Teigen
(Singer)
Jahn Teigen
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Birthdate: September 27, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tønsberg, Norway
Died: February 24, 2020

Norwegian singer Jahn Teigen initially led the progressive rock band Popol Vuh. Apart from representing his country in the Eurovision Song Contest 4 times, he also saw success as part of the comedy trio Prima Vera. He has also received a Norwegian knighthood. Audiences remember his skeleton costume in Eurovision 1976.

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Jarle Bernhoft
(Singer, Musician)
Jarle Bernhoft
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Birthdate: June 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Norway

Born into a musically inclined family, Norwegian singer Jarle Bernhoft began his career as part of the funk-rock quartet Explicit Lyrics, before moving on to form the band Span. He then went solo and moved to New York. Shout and Stay with Me remain 2 of his best-known tracks.

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Elisabeth Andreassen
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Birthdate: March 28, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

Norwegian-Swedish singer Elisabeth Andreassen, also known to fans as Bettan, first gained attention when she participated in Eurovision with the group Chips. Known for experimenting with a variety of genres, such as pop, rock, and country, she also holds a joint record of the most participations in Eurovision.

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Lasse Johansen
(Musicians)
Lasse Johansen
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Birthdate: November 25, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Norway

Norwegian musician Lasse Johansen initially soared to fame with his performances as part of the schlager band, or dance group, Ole Ivars. The Vidar Sandbeck Culture Prize winner is a skilled  guitarist and has released hits such as When the Lights are Turned on at Home.