Simen Hestnæs

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Simen Hestnæs
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Norwegian heavy metal vocalist and bassist (born Mar 4th, 1974). His current active bands include Arcturus, Borknagar and ICS Vortex. Previously played also with Dimmu Borgir between 1999-2009.
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Simen Hestnæs Discography Tracks

Vocals

none Simen Hestnæs - Demo '95 album art Lamented Souls Lamented Souls - Demo '95(Cass, S/Sided, Ltd) Not On Label (Lamented Souls Self-released) none Norway 1995 Sell This Version
Simen Hestnæs - La Masquerade Infernale album art Arcturus (2) = アークチュラス* Master Of Disguise and 2 more… Arcturus (2) = アークチュラス* - La Masquerade Infernale (Album) Music For Nations, Misanthropy Records Japan 1997 Sell This Version
Simen Hestnæs - The Archaic Course album art Borknagar Borknagar - The Archaic Course (Album) Century Media US 1998 Sell This Version
Simen Hestnæs - Spiritual Black Dimensions album art Dimmu Borgir Dimmu Borgir - Spiritual Black Dimensions (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast South Korea 1999 Sell This Version
7989-2 Simen Hestnæs - Quintessence album art Borknagar Borknagar - Quintessence(CD, Album) Century Media 7989-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
Simen Hestnæs - Essence Of Wounds album art Lamented Souls Lamented Souls - Essence Of Wounds (Single) Duplicate Records Norway 2002 Sell This Version
Simen Hestnæs - The Origins Of Misery album art Lamented Souls Lamented Souls - The Origins Of Misery (Comp) Duplicate Records Norway 2004 Sell This Version
Simen Hestnæs - Sideshow Symphonies album art Arcturus (2) Arcturus (2) - Sideshow Symphonies (Album) Somber Music Brazil 2005 Sell This Version
Simen Hestnæs - Shipwrecked In Oslo album art Arcturus (2) Arcturus (2) - Shipwrecked In Oslo Season Of Mist France 2006 Sell This Version
Simen Hestnæs - What Hell Is About album art Dagoba The White Guy (Suicide) (as Simen and 5 more… Dagoba - What Hell Is About (Album) Season Of Mist France 2006 Sell This Version
KCD 018 Simen Hestnæs - Constellation album art Arcturus (2) The Chaos Path (Pre-Production) Arcturus (2) - Constellation(CD, Album, Ltd, RE) Kyrck Productions KCD 018 Greece 2012 Sell This Version
Simen Hestnæs - Shipwrecked In Oslo album art Arcturus (2) Arcturus (2) - Shipwrecked In Oslo (Album) Blood Music (2) Finland 2014 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

none Simen Hestnæs - Demo '95 album art Lamented Souls Lamented Souls - Demo '95(Cass, S/Sided, Ltd) Not On Label (Lamented Souls Self-released) none Norway 1995 Sell This Version
Simen Hestnæs - The Archaic Course album art Borknagar Borknagar - The Archaic Course (Album) Century Media US 1998 Sell This Version
7989-2 Simen Hestnæs - Quintessence album art Borknagar Borknagar - Quintessence(CD, Album) Century Media 7989-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
Simen Hestnæs - Essence Of Wounds album art Lamented Souls Lamented Souls - Essence Of Wounds (Single) Duplicate Records Norway 2002 Sell This Version
Simen Hestnæs - The Origins Of Misery album art Lamented Souls Lamented Souls - The Origins Of Misery (Comp) Duplicate Records Norway 2004 Sell This Version
Simen Hestnæs - Sideshow Symphonies album art Arcturus (2) Arcturus (2) - Sideshow Symphonies (Album) Somber Music Brazil 2005 Sell This Version
BLOOD-054 Simen Hestnæs - Shipwrecked In Oslo album art Arcturus (2) Arcturus (2) - Shipwrecked In Oslo(CD, Album, Ltd, RM) Blood Music (2) BLOOD-054 Finland 2014 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

Simen Hestnæs - La Masquerade Infernale album art Arcturus (2) = アークチュラス* The Chaos Path Arcturus (2) = アークチュラス* - La Masquerade Infernale (Album) Music For Nations, Misanthropy Records Japan 1997 Sell This Version
ECLIPSE 017, eclipse 017 Simen Hestnæs - Nemi - The Soundtrack album art Various Var (as Simen) Various - Nemi - The Soundtrack(CD, Comp, Enh) Nocturnal Art Productions, Nocturnal Art Productions ECLIPSE 017, eclipse 017 Norway 2001 Sell This Version
Simen Hestnæs - Essence Of Wounds album art Lamented Souls Sprukken Maske (as Hestnæs) Lamented Souls - Essence Of Wounds (Single) Duplicate Records Norway 2002 Sell This Version
Simen Hestnæs - Sideshow Symphonies album art Arcturus (2) Arcturus (2) - Sideshow Symphonies (Album) Somber Music Brazil 2005 Sell This Version
ELGCD0048 Simen Hestnæs - Elegy Sampler 48 album art Various The Serpentine Offering (Edit Version) (as Simen Hestnaes) Various - Elegy Sampler 48(CD, Smplr) Elegy ELGCD0048 France 2007 Sell This Version

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poneromusikologist

poneromusikologist

August 28, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
It is not surprising to learn that a Gene Simmons' (as 'the demon' ov KISS) poster so ceremoniously dominated the adolescent bedroom wall of Simen Hestnæs, but what IS surprising is hearing his incredible vocals in perfect unison and/or harmony or completing a chord with another vocal or instrument without flaw and in a soaring, burning spirit that vaults the Celtic firmament with such proficiency and force it is transcendental and arresting in its excellence.
the bassist/vocalist is among the most common multi-instrumentalist combination in modern music, I could name a gang of the very best of them but even the top of the top, Jack Bruce, Tom Araya, etc. would not fair well in comparison to Hestnæs (uninsulated by the rest of their line-up).
Quite simply, Hestnæs will MAKE OR BREAK a band's success MUSICALLY, one of the few artists who bring an uncontrivedly OPERATIC HUBRIS without the gloss. His lone contribution to any ensemble is like adding an entire semi-secret band in itself, so potent is the pure, loud, perfectly-pitched signal emitting from his big Norwegian head over the bassguitar foundation that seems to carve fjords from solid granite with wicked arpeggiations, deft scalar choices, impeccable counterpoint sometimes reminiscent of classical 'thoroughbass' and intimidating double-stop diads that cleave space like twin doric columns projecting woefully at the speed of sound.