Trond "Trondr Nefas" Bråthen, guitarist and vocalist of Norwegian black metal band Urgehal has passed away, reports Season Of Mist, the band's label.

The following statement was posted on the label's official Facebook page: "We are deeply sorry to announce that Urgehal guitarist / vocalist Trondr Nefas just passed away. More news and official statement to follow soon. RIP."

[Thanks to Marcel Hubregtse for the tip!]




UPDATE: Season Of Mist has released an official statement on Trondr Nefas' death, available below.

We are deeply sorry to announce that Urgehal vocalist / guitarist Trond Bråthen, aka Trondr Nefas, passed away last week. Aged 34, Trond died of natural causes.

His fellow bandmates Uruz and Enzifer issued the following statement: "The greatest is gone. Trondr Nefas, our dearest friend and companion for more than 20 years, suddenly passed away last week. He died a peaceful and natural death at one of his favourite places, surrounded by woods and crystal lakes. Thanks for all the years with friendship, music and madness. For the good times and the bad times. Through your dark devotion for Black Metal, you have inspired so many. You were a true pioneer."

"We will miss you, but never forget you, because your legacy will live on. Our deepest sympathy goes to Trond's fiancée Octavia, and both of their families. We appreciate all of the condolences and support given to us after his tragic death. Sammen var vi dynamitt!"

Trond will be sorely missed as a man and as a musician. The whole Season Of Mist staff send their condolences to his family and to the Urgehal camp.

[Thanks to Array for the update!]



Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Urgehal
 
Posted: 16.05.2012 by BloodTears



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!J.O.O.E.! - 14.05.2012 at 14:41  
Sad times, some great music from this band.
PocketMetal - 14.05.2012 at 15:18  
Didn't know the band but always sad to see musicians go .
reinka0s - 14.05.2012 at 15:31  
Very sad
Carl Berg - 14.05.2012 at 17:25  
Really sad news. He made great music and put on amazing live shows. He will not be forgotten! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctCgGm1DgBQ
Jiri - 14.05.2012 at 17:29  
That sucks. RIP. Anyone know how old?
psykometal - 14.05.2012 at 17:46  
Written by PocketMetal on 14.05.2012 at 15:18

Didn't know the band but always sad to see musicians go .

+1
Vombatus - 14.05.2012 at 19:23  
Written by Jiri on 14.05.2012 at 17:29

Anyone know how old?



According to MA, 35. (they also posted it was suicide... didn't see anything official though).

It's sad... couple days ago I was watching the trailers of "A Black Metal Year In Norway" (documentary by him), he seemed a really nice guy.
Lillith - 14.05.2012 at 20:04  
This is incredibly sad news. He was a great musician.

I especially loved Angst Skvadron. I still listen to "Flukt" at least once a week.

R.I.P.
Windrider - 14.05.2012 at 20:51  
Oh damn. Sad indeed. Rest in peace or war, whichever you choose.
BloodTears - 14.05.2012 at 20:55  
Beastcraft, a band where he played, said on their Facebook page that he was found dead at a cabin in the forest this Saturday, but there is still no official release on the cause of death so far.
Barbar - 14.05.2012 at 21:31  
R.I.P. (
Boxcar Willy - 15.05.2012 at 05:52  
Sworn - 15.05.2012 at 08:37  
Wtf?? please MS tell me this is a joke! Urgehal was one of the very few norwegian black metal bands that were still good.

R.I.P. Nefas!!! you will never be forgotten!
Ritual_Suicide - 15.05.2012 at 09:49  
Damn, and I was just getting into Urgehal.
AngelofDeth - 17.05.2012 at 00:41  
Natural causes?? at only 34 i wonder what that could be?
Troy Killjoy - 17.05.2012 at 00:56  
Natural causes at 34? I doubt it. Either drug-related or self-inflicted, possibly accidental but not purely natural based on his age.
Ritual_Suicide - 17.05.2012 at 05:16  
"Natural causes" could mean a lot of things. As long as his death wasn't caused by an accident, suicide or another person it would be listed as natural.
Unhealer - 17.05.2012 at 05:55  
^ This. I searched about it a while ago to get rid of some doubts. Heart-attack counts as natural death for example, any illness as well.
YureiYumi - 17.05.2012 at 06:51  
Very sad, especially at such age.
AngelofDeth - 17.05.2012 at 08:05  
Written by Ritual_Suicide on 17.05.2012 at 05:16

"Natural causes" could mean a lot of things. As long as his death wasn't caused by an accident, suicide or another person it would be listed as natural.

Exactly, it is a very broad statement and leaves alot to wonder, especially considering his age and no previously mentioned terminal illnesses. They couldve been a lil more specific... but maybe they dont even know yet.
RavenKing - 18.05.2012 at 00:46  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.05.2012 at 00:56

Natural causes at 34? I doubt it. Either drug-related or self-inflicted, possibly accidental but not purely natural based on his age.


It could be natural cause. Disease can happen at any age, for example.
But I highly doubt the death was caused by natural cause in this case.
Troy Killjoy - 18.05.2012 at 05:21  
Written by RavenKing on 18.05.2012 at 00:46
It could be natural cause. Disease can happen at any age, for example.

I wouldn't consider a disease to be natural. The dictionary's definition of a disease is an abnormal ailment or an organism working incorrectly. That doesn't sound very natural to me.
!J.O.O.E.! - 18.05.2012 at 23:17  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 18.05.2012 at 05:21

I wouldn't consider a disease to be natural. The dictionary's definition of a disease is an abnormal ailment or an organism working incorrectly. That doesn't sound very natural to me.

From Wikikwiki-Slim Shady-pedia:

Death due to disease is called death by natural causes. There are four main types of disease: pathogenic disease, deficiency disease, hereditary disease, and physiological disease.

In contrast, death caused by active intervention is called unnatural death. The "unnatural" causes are usually given as accident (implying no unreasonable voluntary risk), misadventure (accident following a wilful and dangerous risk), suicide, or homicide.[1] In some settings, other categories may be added


"Natural" doesn't have to be seen as a positive thing. Just because something in nature went wrong doesn't mean it's not natural. We could die of old age because an organ fails to work correctly but then "old age" is not recognised as a means of death so when people cite that as a "natural cause of death" they're basically being extremely vague and inaccurate.
Troy Killjoy - 19.05.2012 at 05:14  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 18.05.2012 at 23:17
Just because something in nature went wrong doesn't mean it's not natural.

For some reason before reading this I felt the opposite. Makes sense now anyway.
Cill O' Connor - 29.05.2012 at 11:57  
Shame! I'd imagine there was some sort of satanic theme to his death, but I could be wrong. I'll probably end up listening to some of Urgehal's stuff now..
Otravia - 03.06.2012 at 03:10  
He didn't kill himself, it was no OD. The police didn't consider it necessary to make an autopsy and neither did we. He had been going through a lot of effort getting to the cabin and hadn't slept during that night. When he finally fell asleep, his bare feet were touching the ground, and it was rather cold. During his sleep, either a heart attack or brain concussion occurred (he was blue when they found him). Natural enough? I can tell it was a peaceful death and in no way self-inflicted. He had for long been on his way to getting in better health. He was at peace with himself and with the ones he left behind. Full of plans and optimism, and, as he stated himself, feeling better than he could ever remember. Apparently he had achieved what he needed on this sorry ass planet. Death is complete.
Lit. - 11.06.2012 at 02:46  
Written by Otravia on 03.06.2012 at 03:10

...

Hmm, I wonder what you're really like behind that Rorschach-gone-goth facade.
Otravia - 11.06.2012 at 18:08  
Written by Lit. on 11.06.2012 at 02:46

Written by Otravia on 03.06.2012 at 03:10

...

Hmm, I wonder what you're really like behind that Rorschach-gone-goth facade.


Nothing goth about me...or about Rorschach. But does that have anything to do with the matter? If so, I was just trying to dissolve some rumors and give some answers to people who wondered about a serious matter. If not, you're far out fishing on the wrong topic. Cheers.

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