In the summer of 1987 Kenneth and Ronny met Gylve for the very first time. Gylve had just moved into the neighborhood where the Sorkness brothers have their summer house. This young "lad" had the same taste in music as these two "metal-heads", and soon found out that they were tuned into the same frequency. Gylve had enough music equipment to start a band, and he also had plans to start a band for a long time. After a while they started the band Valhall.
In the spring of 1988 they borrowed a ministudio from Frank Wanberg, and recorded their first demo with the title "Castle of death". The music style was a kind of thrash metal with black metal sound.
After a couple of months they recruited Brede Jensen on guitar, also a childhood friend, and they continued to rehearse in Gylves basement. A year later they chose to record another demo. This demo was in a hardcore/funcore style. It was entitled "Amalgamation", and this is the demo which they sold most of. Everybody was happy, but one day Gylve gave them the message that he would leave Valhall, to concentrate on Darkthrone. Gylve was then replaced by a guy named Thomas Berglie in 1989. After playing with Thomas for 6 months they released a new demo. Since the songs were made when Gylve was in the band, they had him to play on 3 of the 4 songs on "Trauma". After they played a spontaneous concert in February 1991, which was recorded. They chose to release the demo with the "brilliant" title "Live" (WOW!).
In March 1991 their last demo "Pagan token" was released. After this a very turbulent period regarding band members started. In May ’91 Thomas left the band. Erik Lancelot, who currently plays with "Ulver", replaced him. In the spring of ’92 Erik left the band, and they were joined by K. J. Lervеg. In this period nothing much happened with the band. When Robin left in the fall of ’92 and K. J. chose to move back to his hometown Еlesund, everything stood still in Valhall. Left alone were Ronny, Kenneth and Brede. Kenneth continued making music, but without a drummer and a lead guitarist the future didn’t seem to be very bright. But in the spring of ’93 Gribb called and asked if he could join Valhall again, and things got started. The summer of ’93 was used to rehearse new songs, and testing lead guitarists.
When Brede stopped showing up at the rehearsals. It didn’t take much time before Geir Kolden was recruited on rhythm guitar. He joined the band in August ’93. After a short while Frode Malm was recruited on lead guitar. In November ’93 they went into studio for the first time, to contribute on a sampler called "The Reincarnation of the Sun". After that they went into studio two more times, to recorded material for their first full length CD. After "Moonstoned" Frode was given the boot, and was replaced by Robin Olsen, who also played synth on "Moonstoned". The debut album was released in February 1995.
Ronny Sorkness vocals
Robin Olsen lead guitar
Geir Kolden rhythm guitar
Kenneth Sorkness bass
Frank Wanberg keyboardsLee Bress, Gribb drums (Darkthrone
10.Darkness between two shadows
11.Dream of a jester
This relatively obscure Norwegian band, notable for once including Darkthrone's Fenriz in their lineup (for some reason going under various aliases)
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