Black metal frontman Trondr Nefas from the Norwegian band Urgehal has passed away at age 35. After 20 years of making black metal with Urgehal, Nefas suddenly died in a manner which the band described as "peaceful and natural" in an official statement.

Urgehal's record label, Seasons of Mist, were the first to announce the sad news of Nefas' passing. "We are deeply sorry to announce that Urgehal guitarist / vocalist Trondr Nefas just passed away. More news and official statement to follow soon. RIP."

Having formed in 1992, Urgehal have released six full-length albums and a number of demos, EPs and splits. From their first full-length release of 'Arma Christi' in 1997, the band have remained loyal to their raw black metal sound all the way through to their latest release, 'Death is Complete.'

Earlier today, Urgehal released an official statement, mourning the loss of their frontman.

The greatest is gone. Trondr Nefas, our dearest friend and companion for more than 20 years, suddenly passed away last week. He died a peaceful and natural death at one of his favourite places, surrounded by woods and crystal lakes. Thanks for all the years with friendship, music and madness. For the good times and the bad times. Through your dark devotion for black metal, you have inspired so many. You were a true pioneer. We will miss you, but never forget you, because your legacy will live on. Our deepest sympathy goes to Trond’s fiancée Octavia, and both of their families. We appreciate all of the condolences and support given to us after his tragic death.
Sammen var vi dynamitt!!!

"Sammen var vi dynamitt" is Norwegian for "Together we were dynamite." In the memory of Trondr Nefas, watch the live video below of Urgehal playing 'Satanic Black Metal in Hell' from their 2009 trip to Detroit.

Watch Urgehal Play 'Satanic Black Metal in Hell'