Simen Hestnæs

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

Vocals

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
Borknagar Borknagar - The Archaic Course (Album) Century Media US 1998 Sell This Version
Dimmu Borgir Dimmu Borgir - Spiritual Black Dimensions (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Germany 1999 Sell This Version
7989-2 Borknagar Borknagar - Quintessence(CD, Album) Century Media 7989-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
DUPLO 3 Lamented Souls Lamented Souls - Essence Of Wounds(7", Single, Ltd) Duplicate Records DUPLO 3 Norway 2002 Sell This Version
Lamented Souls Lamented Souls - The Origins Of Misery (Comp) Duplicate Records Norway 2004 Sell This Version
SM055-CD Arcturus (2) Arcturus (2) - Sideshow Symphonies(CD, Album) Somber Music SM055-CD Brazil 2005 Sell This Version
Arcturus (2) Arcturus (2) - Shipwrecked In Oslo Season Of Mist France 2006 Sell This Version
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 Arcturus (2) The Chaos Path (Pre-Production) Arcturus (2) - Constellation(CD, Album, RE, Ltd) Kyrck Productions KCD 018 Greece 2012 Sell This Version
Arcturus (2) Arcturus (2) - Shipwrecked In Oslo (Album) Blood Music (2) Finland 2014 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

Borknagar Borknagar - The Archaic Course (Album) Century Media US 1998 Sell This Version
7989-2 Borknagar Borknagar - Quintessence(CD, Album) Century Media 7989-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
DUPLO 3 Lamented Souls Lamented Souls - Essence Of Wounds(7", Single, Ltd) Duplicate Records DUPLO 3 Norway 2002 Sell This Version
Lamented Souls Lamented Souls - The Origins Of Misery (Comp) Duplicate Records Norway 2004 Sell This Version
Arcturus (2) Arcturus (2) - Sideshow Symphonies (Album) Season Of Mist Brazil 2005 Sell This Version
BLOOD-054 Arcturus (2) Arcturus (2) - Shipwrecked In Oslo(CD, Album, Ltd, RM) Blood Music (2) BLOOD-054 Finland 2014 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

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 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
DUPLO 3 Lamented Souls Sprukken Maske (as Hestnæs) Lamented Souls - Essence Of Wounds(7", Single, Ltd) Duplicate Records DUPLO 3 Norway 2002 Sell This Version
Arcturus (2) Arcturus (2) - Sideshow Symphonies (Album) Season Of Mist Brazil 2005 Sell This Version
ELGCD0048 Various The Serpentine Offering (Edit Version) (as Simen Hestnaes) Various - Elegy Sampler 48(CD, Smplr) Elegy ELGCD0048 France 2007 Sell This Version

Reviews

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poneromusikologist

poneromusikologist

August 28, 2013
edited over 4 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.