|Born on: 18.11.1976
Shagrath (born Stian Tomt Thoresen on November 18, 1976) is a Norwegian musician, most well-known as the vocalist of Dimmu Borgir.
Shagrath is one of the founding members of Dimmu Borgir, along with Silenoz and Tjodalv. Shagrath's change from playing guitar to singing is a part of what changed the band's sound. His contributions extend into the use of keyboards, bass guitar, and drums; as can be heard on For All Tid.
Shagrath also played guitar in Fimbulwinter until the band split up in 1994. Fimbulwinter released one album, Servants of Sorcery, through Hot Records in 1994. Shagrath also played keyboards in another Norwegian black metal band called Ragnarok. Another unknown band was Starkness, a solo project of Shagrath. He is also the guitarist of the heavy metal band Chrome Division.
He names Devil Doll and Venom among his major musical influences.
Shagrath has said this about his stage name: "Shagrath is an orc demon from the book Lord of the Rings. I chose the name thirteen years ago, so it's kinda crappy that Lord of the Rings has become so big now. Fortunately it [the name] didn't get that much attention in the movie, so it turned out all right." In English language editions of The Lord of the Rings, the orc's name is actually spelled Shagrat. Interestingly, Shagrath is also the name of the spider-god that is considered the source of all evil in Arduin, a fantasy role-playing game created in the mid-1970s by David A. Hargrave.
- Shure microphones
- Lexicon effects
- Art effects
- Rocktron swichboard
- Korg X5
- Korg Trinity
- Korg Z1