Origin: Oslo, Norway  
Genres: Black Metal
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Page online: April 4, 2023
Last update/review: April 4, 2023


Sarke (the man) had already made a name for himself as the drummer for two fine Norwegian black metal acts in Khold and Tulus in the late 90's and early 2000's. In 2008 he formed a new project named after himself, initially as pretty much a solo effort but soon expanding to a proper band, roping in several notables in the Norwegian scene, including Darkthrone's Nocturno Culto. Often the band is described as black/thrash, but the thrash tendencies aren't pronounced even in their early days and have all but disappeared on their later efforts, while the black aspect is there, but not in the usual sense. What is on offer is a with a healthy dose of Celtic Frost (Nocturno Culto's vocals are largely responsible for this, but it goes beyond that), plenty of mid-paced slightly blackened riffing, along with an increasing broadening of moods on the later albums. Sarke has carved out a nice niche here, blending his influences to produce a style that's both familiar and yet original at the same time.

Current Members

Nocturno Culto (Ted Skjellum)

vocals (Darkthrone, ex-Satyricon)

Stian Kråbøl


Steinar Gundersen

guitars (ICS Vortex, Khold, ex-Lunaris, ex-Spiral Architect)

Sarke (Thomas Berglie)

bass (Khold, ex-Manes, Manii, Tulus)

Cato Bekkevold

drums (ex-Enslaved, ex-Reaktor, ex-Red Harvest)

Former Members/Guests

Cyrus (Terje Andersen)

guitars (ICS Vortex, Susperia)

Anders Hunstad


Espen Storø (guest)

keyboards (ex-Circus Maximus)

Asgeir Mickelson

drums (ex-Borknagar, ICS Vortex, ex-Ihsahn, guest for Lunaris, ex-Scariot, ex-Spiral Architect, guest for Vintersorg)

Terje Kråbøl



2010 Indie
  1. Primitive Killing
  2. Vorunah
  3. The Drunken Priest
  4. Frost Junkie
  5. Old
  6. Cult Ritual
  7. 13 Candles
  8. Dead Universe
  • Nocturno Culto
  • Sarke
  • Anders Hunstad

2011 Indie
  1. Condemned
  2. Pilgrim of the Occult
  3. Pessimist
  4. Passage to Oldarhian
  5. Flay the Wolf
  6. Captured
  7. Paradigm Lost
  8. Novel Dawn
  9. Burning of the Monoliths
  10. The Stranger Brew
  • Nocturno Culto
  • Cyrus
  • Steinar Gundersen
  • Sarke
  • Anders Hunstad
  • Asgeir Mickelson

2013 Indie
  1. Jaunt of the Obsessed
  2. Jodau Aura
  3. Ugly
  4. Strange Pungent Odyssey
  5. Walls of Ru
  6. Salvation
  7. Skeleton Sand
  8. Icon Usurper
  9. Rabid Hunger
  • Nocturno Culto
  • Steinar Gundersen
  • Sarke
  • Anders Hunstad
  • Asgeir Mickelson

2016 Indie
  1. Taken
  2. Blood of Men
  3. Barrow of Torolv
  4. Alternation
  5. The Wicked's Transient Sleep
  6. Burn
  7. Dawning
  8. Evil Heir
  9. Sunken
  • Nocturno Culto
  • Stian Kråbøl
  • Steinar Gundersen
  • Sarke
  • Espen Storø
  • Terje Kråbøl

Viige Urh  
2017 Indie
  1. Viige Urh
  2. Dagger Entombed
  3. Age of Sail
  4. Upir
  5. Jutul
  6. Punishment to Confessions
  7. Knifehall
  8. Evolution and Fate
  • Nocturno Culto
  • Steinar Gundersen
  • Sarke
  • Anders Hunstad
  • Terje Kråbøl

2019 Indie
  • Nocturno Culto
  • Stian Kråbøl
  • Steinar Gundersen
  • Sarke
  • Anders Hunstad
  • Terje Kråbøl

2021 Soulseller
  1. Bleak Reflections
  2. Grim Awakening
  3. Funeral Fire
  4. Allsighr
  5. Beheading Of The Circus Director
  6. Through The Thorns
  7. Glacial Casket
  8. Sleep In Fear
  9. The Reverberation of The Lost
  10. Imprisoned
  • Nocturno Culto
  • Steinar Gundersen
  • Sarke
  • Anders Hunstad
  • Cato Bekkevold

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