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ICS Vortex

ICS Vortex

Real/full name:
Simen Hestnæs
49 (born Mar 4th, 1974)
Place of birth:
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 was 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, Lyrics (as "Simen Hestnæs")
2006 Shipwrecked in Oslo (Video) Vocals (as "Simen "Vortex" Hestnæs")
2014 Shipwrecked in Oslo (Live album) Vocals (as "Simen "Vortex" Hestnæs")
2015 Arcturian Lyrics (tracks 1-7, 9, 10), Effects (fills) (track 4), Keyboards (track 4), Songwriting (track 4), Vocals (backing) (track 8), Piano (track 4), Vocals (lead)


Bass, Vocals


Vocals (1997-2000), Bass (1998-2000, 2010-present), Vocals (clean, choirs) (2010-present), Vocals (harsh) (2019-present)

1998 The Archaic Course Effects (track 6), Vocals, Keyboards (as "I.C.S. Vortex")
2000 Quintessence Vocals, Bass, Songwriting (track 4) (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 (clean, choirs)
2016 Winter Thrice Vocals (clean, choirs)
2019 Up North (Single) Vocals (lead), Songwriting, Lyrics, Bass
2019 True North Bass, Vocals (harsh, clean, choirs), Vocals (lead) (track 2)

God of Atheists


ICS Vortex

Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards (2011-present)

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

Lamented Souls

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

1992 Soulstorm (Demo) Drums
1995 Demo '95 (Demo) Flute, Guitars, Bass, Vocals (lead)
2003 Essence of Wounds (Single) Vocals, Guitars
2004 The Origins of Misery (Compilation) Flute (tracks 12, 13), E-bow (tracks 1-7), Effects (tracks 1-7), Vocals, Guitars (tracks 1-13), Bass (tracks 8-13), Drums (track 14)

Dimmu Borgir

Bass, Vocals (clean) (1999-2009)

2001 Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia Lyrics (track 10), Bass, Vocals (clean) (tracks 3, 4, 8, 10 and "Burn In Hell") (as "Vortex")
2001 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 Bass, Vocals (clean) (tracks 2, 7), Songwriting (tracks 7, 11)
2004 Vredesbyrd (Single) Bass, Vocals (clean)
2007 The Serpentine Offering (Single) Bass, Vocals (clean)
2007 In Sorte Diaboli Bass, Vocals (clean) (tracks 1, 4, 8) (as "I.C.S.Vortex")
2007 Golden Gods 2007 (Split) Bass, Vocals (clean)
2008 The Invaluable Darkness (Video) Bass, Vocals (clean)
2014 Titans of Symphonic Metal (Split) Bass (tracks 3-5), Vocals (clean)
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Penthouse Petz

As Simen Hestnæs:

Ved Buens Ende

Vocals (1995)


As Simen Hestnæs:

1997 La masquerade infernale Vocals (lead) (track 3), Vocals (backing) (tracks 1, 7)


2010 Universal Vocals (track 8)


As Simen "Vortex" Hestnaes:

2006 What Hell Is About Vocals (tracks 6, 12)

Dimmu Borgir

1999 Spiritual Black Dimensions Vocals (clean) (tracks 1, 3, 7, 9) (as "Simen Hestnæs")
2005 Stormblåst MMV Bass, Vocals (clean) (disc 2) (as "Vortex")


As Simen "ICS Vortex" Hestnæs:

2019 Norwegian Fairytales Joik (additional) (track 1)


1997 La masquerade infernale Lyrics (track 3) (as "Simen Hestnæs")


2012 Urd Lyrics (tracks 2, 7), Songwriting (track 7)
2019 True North Lyrics (track 2), Songwriting (track 2)

ICS Vortex

2011 Storm Seeker Mixing, Producer
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Added on: 2011-04-09 08:55:53 Last modified on: 2023-08-03 19:34:10
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