Origin: Kristiansand, Norway  
Genres: Melodic Death Metal
Official Site
Page online: May 27, 2008
Last update/review: April 9, 2024

In Vain

In Vain formed in 2003 and, since their 2008 full-length debut, have released new albums rather regularly every three or four years. Throughout their career their style has been some combination of melodic death metal, a bit of Viking-isms, occasional black metal blasts, and a healthy prog-death edge a la mid-period Opeth. The band has close ties to Solefald, as Sindre Nedland is Lars Nedland's brother, and in fact the entire In Vain lineup serves as Solefald's live backing band.

Recent album: Solemn, released on April 5, 2024.

Current Members

Andreas Frigstad


Sindre Nedland

keyboards/vocals (Funeral)

Johnar Håland


Kjetil Pedersen

guitars/backing vocals

Alexander Lebowski Bøe


Tobias Øymo Solbakk


Former Members/Guests

Even Fuglestad


Joakim Sehl


Kristian Wikstøl


Stig Reinhardtsen


Baard Kolstad (guest)

drums (ex-Borknagar, Leprous)


Wounds  EP
2005 self-released
  1. October's Monody
  2. Det Rakner!
  3. In Rememberance
  4. Epilogue: Alene
  • Andreas Frigstad
  • Sindre Nedland
  • Johnar Håland
  • Joakim Sehl

The Latter Rain  
  1. The Latter Rain
  2. In the Midnight Hour
  3. Det Rakner!
  4. October´s Monody
  5. Their Spirits Ride with the Wind
  6. I Total Triumf
  7. The Titan
  8. As I Wither
  9. Morning Sun
  10. Sorgenfri
  • Andreas Frigstad
  • Sindre Nedland
  • Johnar Håland
  • Even Fuglestad
  • Kristian Wikstøl
  • Stig Reinhardtsen

2010 Indie
  1. Captivating Solitude
  2. Ain't No Lovin'
  3. Mannefall
  4. On the Banks of the Mississippi
  5. Dark Prophets, Black Hearts
  6. Wayakin (The Guardian Spirit of the Nez Perce)
  7. Circle of Agony
  8. Sombre Fall, Burdened Winter
  • Andreas Frigstad
  • Sindre Nedland
  • Johnar Håland
  • Kristian Wikstøl
  • Stig Reinhardtsen

2013 Indie
  1. Against the Grain
  2. Image of Time
  3. Southern Shores
  4. Hymne til havet
  5. Culmination of the Enigma
  6. Times of Yore
  7. To the Core
  8. Floating on the Murmuring Tide
  • Andreas Frigstad
  • Sindre Nedland
  • Johnar Håland
  • Kjetil Pedersen
  • Kristian Wikstøl
  • Stig Reinhardtsen

2018 Indie
  1. Seekers of the Truth
  2. Soul Adventurer
  3. Blood We Shed
  4. En forgangen tid (Times of Yore Pt. II)
  5. Origin
  6. As the Black Horde Storms
  7. Standing on the Ground of Mammoths
  • Andreas Frigstad
  • Sindre Nedland
  • Johnar Håland
  • Kjetil Pedersen
  • Alexander Lebowski Bøe
  • Baard Kolstad

2024 Indie
  1. Shadows Flap Their Black Wings
  2. To the Gallows
  3. Season of Unrest
  4. At the Going Down of the Sun
  5. Where the Winds Meet
  6. Beyond the Pale
  7. Blood Makes the Grass Grow
  8. Eternal Waves
  9. Watch for Me on the Mountain
  • Andreas Frigstad
  • Sindre Nedland
  • Johnar Håland
  • Kjetil Pedersen
  • Alexander Lebowski Bøe
  • Tobias Øymo Solbakk

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