Trond "Trondr Nefas" Bråthe
Biography and Career
Trond Bråthen (28 May 1977 – 13 May 2012), also known by the stage names Trondr Nefas and Alastor Nefas, or simply as Nefas, was a Norwegian singer-songwriter, guitarist and bassist. Despite being primarily known for his work as the vocalist and lead guitarist of black metal group Urgehal, which he founded in 1992 alongside Thomas "Enzifer" Søberg, he had numerous other projects as well, such as Beastcraft (in which he performed as "Alastor Nefas"), In Lingua Mortua, Endezzma (formerly known as Dim Nagel) and Angst Skvadron. In all of those side projects, he collaborated with fellow musician and former Ásmegin member Lars Fredrik Frøislie.
On 13 May 2012 (nearly two weeks before his 35th birthday), Bråthen was found dead at his home. According to his Urgehal bandmates, he most probably died of natural causes in his sleep. On the following day they released a statement via their record label, Season of Mist:
“ 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!!! ”
Prior to his death Bråthen was working on a documentary about the Norwegian black metal scene, entitled A Black Metal Year in Norway. Originally slated to a 2012 release, his death prevented it from being finished and released. (A very rough cut of the film is available at YouTube though.) Around the same time, Urgehal began work on their seventh studio album, Aeons in Sodom, which remained unfinished until 2016 – it was eventually finished with the help of numerous guest musicians and released on 12 February.
He is survived by his brother, Thomas Bråthen, and by fiancée Octavia.