I was born (on the 6th of September 1974) and raised in Jevnaker, a small town 7 miles outside of Oslo. My interest for music came at an early age, starting with Slade in the 70s unto heavy metal and Twisted Sister, Wasp, Iron Maiden and Accept in the early 80s, and further on into thrash metal and Slayer, Metallica, Razor and Exodus from the mid-80s. This really fueled my taste for more extreme music, which led into the death metal scene in the late 80s with Napalm Death, Death, Carcass and Morbid Angel, before eventually entering the newborn black metal scene in 91.
My own musical “career” started as a drummer for Deformed Corpse (1990-91) and Interment/Energumen (1991-93), the same period as I was editor of the fanzine Obscure Epitaph (1990-95). Still a drummer, I also started doing the vocals for Coffin of Lament/Faun (1993-95), meanwhile also being in the military for a year. After ended service, I moved to Hønefoss in 1995. There I started Vulture Lord (1995) as a vocalist exclusively and joined Eternally Yours (1996) on drums and vocals. In 1996, I also became editor for the dark and no-compromise magazine, Blodhevn.
Despite having bands being signed by both Bull Metal’s Warmaster Records and Metalion’s Head Not Found, these deals fell through, and the 90s remain as my demo years.
I started Beastcraft (2003-17) mainly as vocalist and joined Eswiel (2006) on drums. Half a decade later, I started as a vocalist for Hagl (2011) and drums for The Suicide Soundtrack (2012-14).
Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of doing artwork/design, session vocals and/or lyrics for Urgehal, Endezzma, Gorgoroth, Sathanas, Sarkom and Tsjuder, to name a few (and even been featured in a few videos). Needless to say, the whole black metal scene, all aspects of it, has been a lifestyle for me my whole adult life, 30 years and counting…
Sorath Northgrove, 07/28/20
VULTURE LORD was enthroned in '95, when Northgrove and Diabolus (aka Ravenloft), after having done numerous projects together in the past, teamed up with Trondr Nefas from Urgehal, and the malignant trio recorded the "Exorcism of the Holy Ghost" tape in '97, and was shortly after signed by Head Not Found.
VULTURE LORD were set to record their debut in '99, but because of HNF's economical situation, things were once again fucked up. At that time, the band had already recorded the "Desire for the Dead" tape for personal use, and this was then spread to a handful of labels. Although, VULTURE LORD received offers from several well-known labels, they decided to sign with the small, newstarted Norwegian label, Flesh For Beast.
Due to Vulture Lord's several line-up changes, the album was postponed for years, but the time finally came in the winter of 2001, as VULTURE LORD entered the studio on the 26th of November to record their Profane Prayer (Originally entitled "Emancipate the Dogs of War") full-length. Apart from Northgrove, Nefas and Diabolus, Vulture Lord were joined by drummer Uruz. In June 2003, Endechrist entered the band as a bassist, and the line-up was fulfilled. Due to various delays, the album wasn't released until September 2003.
A year later, Sept. '04, the band recorded 4 new tracks, and in January 2005, the band was signed by Agonia records, and the Blasphemy 7" EP (originally entitled "Summon the Warhorde") was released in March '06.
Tracks for the Desecration Rite album (originally entitled "Stillborn Messiah") were written, but never recorded….until 2020.
After laying dormant for years, Vulture Lord will finally return with a vengeance! Hungrier and more hateful than ever before!
Sorath Northgrove - vocals
Malphas - guitars and bass
Enzifer - guitars
Uruz - drums
Beastcraft is formed in Hønefoss, Norway, by Alastor Nefas and Sorath Northgrove.
The first demo is recorded and released. The second demo is recorded and released.
The first album is recorded and released. The third demo is recorded, together with two additional tracks.
The second album is released, featuring all demos and 2 unreleased tracks. The third demo is released on tape (only). Tracks for a split-7" is recorded.
The first split-7" (w/Orcrist) is released. The second split-7" (w/Urgehal) is recorded and released. A cover of "Satanic Blood" is recorded for a tribute to Von compilation. The third album is released. "(Of the) Circle of Evocation" is featured on the "Morbid Tunes of the Black Angels" compilation.
"Satanic Blood" is featured on the Von tribute album. "Burnt at His Altar" is featured on the "Norsk Svart Metall - The Third Wave" compilation. Beastcraft preformed their first black metal mass at Under the Black Sun festival, Germany, on the 4th of July. The first interview since '06 is published in Nordic Vision in September.
Slumbering in the pit, just doing another interview in October.
Beastcraft did a videointerview for Alastor Nefas' documentary "A black metal year in Norway" (working title). Music for the "The Infernal Gospel of Primitive Devilworship" is being written.
Beastcraft did an interview for Die Hard Magazine (Canada).
Alastor Nefas tragically dies in May, at the age of only 34. Beastcraft preform their second black metal mass as a tribute to Nefas, at Bunker 2012 Festival in Oslo on friday the 24th of August, together with a.o. Carpathian Forest. Beastcraft did interviews with Forgotten Path (Lithuania) and Tinieblas (Chile). A box-set of the demos was released on Black Saw Rec. in December, containing 3 7"s and poster.
In June, all the tracks from the Bunker gig was released on CD, entitled "Unpure invocation of Alastor Nefas - the last live rites of Beastcraft". The 3 first albums were released as necroedition Digi-packs in December.
The final album was rehearsed.
The recording of the final album has begun. In September, a collection of tracks is released in 100 copies on tape, entitled "Sacrilegious Epitaph of the Deathspawned Legacy".
The 3rd and final necomancy/live was on the 13th of May, as a part of the tribute/memorial night to Nefas. The "Sacrilegious Epitaph of the Deathspawned Legacy" tape is released on CD. Beastcraft did an interview for the book "Unholy Black Metal", about Norwegian black metal. The recording of the final album is finished.
Beastcraft did an interview for Legacy (Germany) and Close-Up (Sweden) in March. "Nocturnal Reverence" 7" is released in April. The 4th and final black metal mass, "The Infernal Gospel of Primitive Devilworship" is released in April. A wooden box-set of the demos was released on Black Saw Rec. in May, containing 3 tapes, t-shirt, sticker and patch. "Occult Ceremonial Rites" was released as a split with Black Altar in November
The first 3 albums was re-released on vinyl. The 3 demos was released on 12" vinyls and tapes
A chronological compilation was released under the name of "The Nechronology of Ungodly Beastial Craft 2004 - 2017".
ULVEHYRDE became an entity in 2018, created as a fundamental Norwegian black metal band built upon the aesthetics of the early nineties, both visually and musically. The lyrics and fundament of the band is built upon old, dark, Norwegian history.
The debut 8-track album, "Englemakersken" is being recorded in mid-2020, for an Autumn release on Dusktone records.
Sorath - vocals
Straff - guitars
Noctum - guitars
Uvel - bass
Judikator - drums
Formed in the twilight of 2011 as an audible manifestation of darkness and depression.
The debut 10-track album, "Lenket til Livet" was released on Folter Records in March 2015 and eventually the preprod of the follow up, "Frigitt av Døden", started in June 2020.
Sorath - vocals
Malphas - guitars and bass
Gheist - drums