Trondheim, Norway, Europe


Melodic black metal, Black metal, Progressive death metal, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Death metal, Viking metal

Years active:

1995-2006, 2010-2018

Associated Acts:

Antestor, Schaliach, Fleshkiller, Arvinger, Morgenroede, Grave Declaration, Absurd2, The Crest, Spinning Foundation, Grievance, Ram-Zet, Madder Mortem, ImproVision, Return, Soar, Criterion, Vidsyn, Ride the Sky, The Covent


Hidden Paradise (1995-1996)

Former members:

Peter Dalbakk
Robert Bordevik
Alexander Dalbakk
Henning Ramseth
Knut Anders Sørum
Johannes Baumann
Jo Henning Børven
Tom Arne Fossum
Magnus Westgaard
Stian Aarebrot

Vardøger, originally known as Hidden Paradise, was a melodic death metal project that originated in 1995 out of Trondheim, Norway on the continent of Europe. The band released an EP and a studio album before disbanding in 2018.[1]

History Edit

Vardøger originated in 1995, under the name of Hidden Paradise. The band originally performed doom metal and death metal for the time, until they changed their name.[2] The band changed their name to Vardøger around 1996. Originally, the lineup consisted of Vocalist Peter Dalbakk, Guitarist Robert Bordevik, Guitarist Stian Aarebrot, and Bassist Magnus Westgaard. The band recorded a single track titled "Footprints of Thunder", which debuted on Endtime Productions' sampler, In the Shadow of Death, which released in 2000.[3] Prior to the single being recorded, the band added on Guitarist Alexander Dalbakk, Keyboardist Knut Anders Sørum, and Drummer Tom Arne Fossum.[4] In 2003, the band was able to record an EP, titled Whitefrozen,[5] as well as an additional single, "Almighty".[6][7]

The band would then perform a final show around 2006 and be revived around 2010 when they performed at Nordic Fest 2010.[8] Around that time the band saw extensive lineup changes, which prompted a name change. However, this never came to pass.[6] The band's newest lineup which solidified around 2013 - consisting of the Dalbakk brothers, Bordevik, Sørum, Drummer Johannes Baumann, Vocalist Johanne Bordevik, and Bassist Henning Ramseth. The band would finally record their debut album, after a long hiatus, titled Ghost Notes.[9] Following the album's release, Baumann departed from the band. Baumann was replaced by Jo Henning Børven of Grave Declaration, Antestor, and Arvinger.[10] On March 14, 2017, it was announced Johanne and Peter would depart from the band.[11] Bordevik took over Dalbakk's position and Johanne's position was taken over by Jørn Øyhus. Once the positions had been filled, the band embarked on a tour with Crimson Moonlight.[11] On October 17, 2018, the band disbanded on good terms, citing life as the reason they disbanded.[12][13]

Members Edit

Last Known Lineup

  • Knut Anders "Bedevart" Sørum - Vocals (2013-2018), Keyboards (2000-2006, 2010-2013)
  • Jørn Øyhus - Vocals (2017-2018)
  • Robert Bordevik - Guitars, Backing Vocals (1995-2006, 2010-2018)
  • Alexander Dalbakk - Guitars (2000-2006, 2010-2018)
  • Henning Ramseth - Bass, Keyboards (2013-2018)
  • Jo Henning Børven - Drums (2015-2018)


  • Peter Dalbakk - Vocals (1995-2006, 2010-2017)
  • Johanne Bordevik - Vocals (2013-2017)
  • Stian Aarebrot - Guitars, Backing Vocals (1996-2006, 2010-2013)
  • Magnus Westgaard - Bass (1996-2006, 2010-2013)
  • Tom Arne Fossum - Drums (2000-2006, 2010-2012)
  • Johannes Baumann - Drums (2012-2015)

Discography Edit

Studio albums

  • Ghost Notes (2015)[14]


Compilation appearances

  • In the Shadow of Death (2000)
  • Come Armageddon (2003)

References Edit

  1. "VARDOGER". Unblack-Archives. Retrieved on August 18, 2019.
  2. "Admonish - Links". Retrieved on August 18, 2019.
  3. "Vardoger - In the Shadow of Death". Discogs. Retrieved on August 18, 2019.
  4. Orion_Crystal_Ice (January 19, 2004). "Vardoger - Whitefrozen". Encyclopedia Metallum. Retrieved on August 18, 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "VARDOGER - Whitefrozen". Christian Metal reviews, V. Retrieved on August 18, 2019.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Orion_Crystal_Ice (February 13, 2004). "Vardoger". Encyclopedia Metallum. Retrieved on August 18, 2019.
  7. "Vardoger". Discogs. Retrieved on August 18, 2019.
  8. "Lineup for NORDIC FEST 2010 at Sub Scene (Olso) on 28 Oct 2010". Retrieved on August 18, 2019.
  9. Jackson, John (June 13, 2016). "Vardoger - Ghost Notes". The Metal Resource. Retrieved on August 18, 2019.
  10. thrashboy (September 10, 2016). "Norweigian Metal Band 'Vardoger' to Play 'Brainstorm Festival' this November, Line-up Complete". The Metal Resource. Retrieved on August 18, 2019.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Going on a little road trip with the Crimson Moonlight boys tomorrow!". Facebook. March 14, 2017. Retrieved on August 18, 2019.
  12. thrashboy (October 19, 2018). "Norwegian Metal Band 'Vardoger' Is No More...". The Metal Resource. Retrieved on August 18, 2019.
  13. "Norway's VARDOGER Hang Up Their Instruments". Heaven's Metal Magazine. October 23, 2018. Retrieved on August 18, 2019.
  14. "Vardoger - Ghost Notes". Lords of Metal ezine. Retrieved on August 18, 2019.
  15. Morrow, Matt (March 2004). "Vardoger - Whitefrozen". HM Magazine Retrieved on August 18, 2019.
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