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ICS Vortex

Birth nameSimen Hestnæs
BornMarch 4, 1974, Oslo, Norway (age 46)
Member ofLamented Souls  (1991-present)
Borknagar  (1997-2000, 2010-present)
Dimmu Borgir  (1999-2009)
Arcturus  (2005-2007, 2011-present)
InstrumentsBass, Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Flute, Percussion, EBow, Mouth Harp
GenresProgressive Black Metal
LabelsCentury Media Records
Years active2011-present

Line-up (members)

  • Steinar "Azarak" Gundersen : Bass (2011-present)
  • ICS Vortex : Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards (2011)
  • Baard Kolstad : Drums (2012-present)
  • Petter Hallaråker : Guitars (2012-present)

Former members

  • Jens F. Ryland : Guitars (2011-2012)
  • Cyrus : Guitars (2011-2012)
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ICS Vortex Discography

AlbumLyrics TypeRelease dateRatingVotesReviews
ICS Vortex - Storm SeekerLyricsAlbum7340
Additional notes
Before joining Lamented Souls in 1991, Hestnæs played drums in a glam rock band called Penthouse Petz at the end of the '80s.

Hestnæs is married to Lise Myhre, a Norwegian cartoonist and illustrator whose best known work is the comic strip Nemi, created in 1997. The couple has a son, Storm Hestnæs, born in 2007.

Hestnæs's alias, ICS Vortex, is related to an alias of Kristoffer Rygg, namely Fiery G. Maelstrom, with which he's credited on Borknagar's second album, The Olden Domain. "IC" ("icy") is the opposite element of "fiery", the "S" is Simen's name initial, (while the "G" is the first letter of Rygg's main alias, Garm) and the last two words, "maelstrom" and "vortex", both mean something like a powerful circular current of water. Rygg put in contact Hestnæs to Borknagar, and he replaced him as singer in 1997.
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