Before the Storm
BLACK VIPER BEFORE THE STORM Black Viper began as a solo-project late 2012 when creator Cato Stormoen made some more melodic songs that didn’t fit in his main band Deathhammer. Cato recorded a couple of instrumental demo versions of the songs Metal blitzkrieg and Freedom`s reign in 2013, which would later end up being on the debut album «Hellions of Fire». Then he recorded an instrumental EP which also never got released. Then, Cato moved from his home town of Grimstad to Oslo where he met up with original band members: Arild M Torp and Christoffer Bråthen. Together they rehearsed without a vocalist until the summer of 2015 when the band searched for singers to audition. An acquaintance of Cato, whom he had known through the years from parties applied for the job, and one fateful summers eve, Black Viper’s line up was complete when Salvador Armijo joined the ranks. The band started rehearsing for a demo recording soon after.
The band kept writing and recording pre-prods for their second album titled «Solitary gates» through 2020/21, which hopefully will be recorded rather sooner than later. It will be more epic, varied, heavier, faster and even more metal than «Hellions of fire». During the pandemic, they also got to play the Heavy Nights festival in Haugesund once more and be part of a secret Halloween show in the woods of Hobøl, Norway. In March 2021, Arild decided to focus completely on his two main bands Nekromantheon and Obliteration and left Black Viper. With no gigs in sight for the near future and only the new album to concentrate 110% on, Black viper carries on as a three-piece with Cato in addition to drums also now playing guitar and bass, and Marcus adding guitars to his arsenal.
Beware The Solitary Gates…