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ICS Vortex

ICS Vortex

Real/full name:
Simen Hestnæs
43 (born Mar 4th, 1974)
Place of origin:
Norway (Oslo)


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 ...


Vocals (2005-2007, 2011-present)

2005 Sideshow Symphonies Vocals (as "Simen Hestnæs")
2006 Shipwrecked in Oslo (Video) Vocals
2015 Arcturian Synthetizers (track 4), Vocals (lead), Piano (track 4), Effects (track 4), Vocals (backing) (track 8)


Bass, Vocals


Vocals, Bass (1997-2000, 2010-present)

1998 The Archaic Course Vocals, Keyboards, Effects (track 6) (as "I.C.S. Vortex")
2000 Quintessence Bass, Vocals (as "I.C.S. Vortex")
2008 For the Elements (1996-2006) (Compilation) Bass (tracks 7-8), Keyboards (track 6), Vocals (tracks 4-8)
2012 Urd Bass, Vocals
2016 Winter Thrice Bass, Vocals (clean, choirs)

God of Atheists


ICS Vortex

Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards (2011)

2011 Storm Seeker Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Mouth harp (on track 3)

Lamented Souls

As Simen Hestnæs:
Drums (1991-1993), Bass (1993-1996), Vocals, Guitars (1994-present)

1992 Soulstorm (Demo) Unknown
1995 Demo '95 (Demo) Vocals, Guitars, Bass
2003 Essence of Wounds (Single) Vocals, Guitars
2004 The Origins of Misery (Compilation) Bass (tracks 8-13), Drums (track 14), Vocals, Guitars (tracks 1-13), Effects (tracks 1-7)

Dimmu Borgir

Bass, Vocals (clean) (1999-2009)

2001 Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia Vocals (clean) (tracks 3, 4, 8, 10 and "Burn In Hell"), Bass, Lyrics (track 10) (as "Vortex")
2002 Alive in Torment (EP) Bass, Vocals (clean)
2002 World Misanthropy (Video) Bass, Vocals (clean)
2002 World Misanthropy (EP) Bass, Vocals (clean)
2003 Death Cult Armageddon Songwriting (tracks 7, 11), Vocals (clean) (tracks 2, 7), Bass
2004 Vredesbyrd (Single) Bass, Vocals (clean)
2007 The Serpentine Offering (Single) Bass, Vocals (clean)
2007 In Sorte Diaboli Bass, Vocals (clean) (tracks 1, 5, 10)
2008 The Invaluable Darkness (Video) Bass, Vocals (clean)
2014 Titans of Symphonic Metal (Split) Bass (3, 4, 5), Vocals (clean) (Tracks 4, 5)

Penthouse Petz

As Simen Hestnæs:

Ved Buens Ende

Vocals (1995)


As Simen Hestnæs:

1997 La Masquerade Infernale Vocals, Songwriting (track 3), Vocals (backing) (tracks 1, 7)


2010 Universal Vocals (Track 8)


2006 What Hell Is About Vocals (on "It's All About Time" & "The White Guy (Suicide)")

Dimmu Borgir

1999 Spiritual Black Dimensions Vocals (clean) (tracks 1, 3, 7, 9) (as "Simen "Vortex" Hestnæs")
2005 Stormblåst MMV Vocals (clean), Bass (DVD)


2005 Sideshow Symphonies Lyrics
2015 Arcturian Songwriting (track 4), Lyrics (tracks 1-7, 9, 10)


1998 The Archaic Course Lyrics (tracks 3, 5, 6), Songwriting (track 6)
2000 Quintessence Songwriting (track 4)

ICS Vortex

2011 Storm Seeker Mixing, Producer
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