- Steinar "Azarak" Gundersen - Bass
- ICS Vortex - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards
- Baard Kolstad - Drums
- Petter Hallaråker - Guitars
Simen Hestnæs, also known as I.C.S. Vortex or simply Vortex, is the vocalist of the similarly named band ICS Vortex, in company with several other well known norwegian musicians, Simen and their bandmates released Storm Seeker in 2011.
Storm Seeker / 2011
Storm Seeker is the debut album by ex-Dimmu Borgir vocalist/bass guitarist, and current Arcturus vocalist, ICS Vortex, which was released on August 22, 2011 in Europe and August 23, 2011 in North America.
ICS Vortex describes “Storm Seeker” as “a tribute to the fall and rise of my kind. A generation of misfits, born of hippies and raised by Satan.”
Regarding the influences that went into the making of the album, ICS Vortex said, “Inspiration is usually drawn from the things that are close to me. I always write in code, it’s often doom related, but never ever whiny. The power of the elements, obscure beauty, religion, death and junk are a few favorites. Knowing I am drawn to the power of the dark side, I decided to include lighter topics into the mix this time to separate ‘Storm Seeker’ from ‘Sideshow Symphonies’: ‘The Blackmobile’ about Mopar and ‘Aces’ about gambling are the result. Love songs, really.”
Commented ICS Vortex: “This song [The Blackmobile] was written way back when I still felt black metal was dangerous. Now, totally untrue to all that, it’s a tribute to the only beast I ever loved.”
“Storm Seeker” was released in Europe as initial limited-edition digipak, 180-gram LP and as a digital download. According to a press release, the CD “takes the musical elements from ICS Vortex’s 10-plus years of experience with Dimmu Borgir as well as the legacy of the classic bands with whom he is still active, topping things off with his signature clean vocals in order to make ‘Storm Seeker’ become a perfectly balanced axe, whether a song is cutting fast, or dicing slow.”
“Storm Seeker” features appearances by ICS Vortex’s former Borknagar bandmate Asgeir Mickelson on drums and Terje “Cyrus” Andersen (Susperia, Dimmu Borgir) on some guitar solos. The CD was recorded at Toproom Studio (Mayhem, Tristania, Borknagar) with engineer Børge Finstad and mastered by Peter in de Betou at Tailor Maid Studio (Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquility, Dimmu Borgir) in Sweden.
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