|Born on: 27.11.1974
Tom Cato Visnes, better known as King ov Hell (although also commonly referred to as King, its abbreviated form) or as TC King in the side project I, is a Norwegian musician, best known as the bassist and co-frontman of the 'Gaahl-fronted' version of Norwegian black metal band Gorgoroth. He works as a primary school teacher in Bergen, where he currently resides.
King has been Gorgoroth's permanent bassist since 1999, joining just before the album Incipit Satan was recorded. He wrote the music for five tracks on their next album, Twilight of the Idols and all of the music for Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam, which was nominated for a 2006 Spellemann award [Norwegian equivalent to the Grammys] in the 'Metal' category. In October 2007, there was a controversial split occurring in the band, in which Gaahl and King went public with a statement saying they had fired the founding member of the band Infernus, resulting in legal disputes which are currently not resolved. Both sides are currently working under the Gorgoroth name.
King reunited with former Gorgoroth drummer Kvitrafn to form a band, the "noisy black metal" project Jotunspor. Gleipnirs Smeder, their first album, was released in 2006 for the newly-founded record label Satanas Rex. He also is the bassist for supergroup I, the side-project of Abbath Doom Occulta of Immortal. The band also features members of Enslaved and Audrey Horne as well as former Immortal drummer Armagedda. Their first album was Between Two Worlds, released in 2006. Abbath is currently working on a new album.
He has also worked in bands outside of the black metal genre. He is a member of Sahg, a doom metal influenced band. On their 2006 Regain Records release, Sahg 1, King played drums on one track. He was the bassist for the Spellemann Award winning rock band Audrey Horne, billed as Tom. He left the band in 2007. King was also the bassist in the Norwegian drum and bass band Clububba. They were active during the early 2000s.