SNOWY SHAW (birth name TOMMIE MIKE CHRISTER HELGESSON), born on 25
July 1968, is a Swedish heavy metal musician (primarily a drummer ),
based in the port city of
Gothenburg in the west coast of Sweden. He
has played with many heavy metal bands, like King Diamond , Dream Evil
Mercyful Fate , IllWill , Notre Dame and Memento Mori .
Snowy is adept at playing guitar as well as drums and additionally
featured as a primary songwriter in Dream Evil.
In October 2006 Snowy joined the symphonic metal band Therion ,
singing on the
Gothic Kabbalah album and participating in the 2007
tour together with already established singer
Mats Levén . On 24
August 2010, he was announced as the new bassist and clean vocalist of
symphonic black metal band
Dimmu Borgir , although he was only
officially a member for one day then quit and rejoined Therion.
Snowy also works as a photographer and designer for bands and
artists, and has arranged promotional shoots for bands such as
Falconer , Easy Action , Engel , Loud N´Nasty, Passenger , Therion ,
The Crown , Hellfueled ,
Nightrage , Wolf , Dream Evil, Amon Amarth,
Aggressive Chill, Medusa, K2, XXX, Hardcore Superstar. In 2012 and
Snowy Shaw was on tour with Sabaton , replacing the (then)
current drummer Robban Bäck due to parental leave.
* 1 Timeline
* 2 Discography
* 2.1 With King Diamond
* 2.2 With
* 2.3 With Memento Mori
* 2.4 With Notre Dame
* 2.5 With
* 2.6 With Loud \'N\' Nasty
* 2.7 With Therion
* 2.8 With
* 2.9 With XXX (pronounced Triple X)
* 2.10 With
Theatres des Vampires
* 2.11 With
* 2.12 With Opera Diabolicus
* 2.13 With Mad Architect
* 3 References
* 1989 –
Snowy Shaw joined King Diamond, touring North America.
* 1990 –
Snowy Shaw tours Europe with King Diamond and worked on
solo project called The Shaman a.k.a. Shamens .
* 1992 – Formed the band Memento Mori with
Mike Wead and Messiah
* 1993 – Joined
Mercyful Fate .
* 1994 – On the side of his mainband IllWill . Snowy are involved,
plays shows and records with Whipped Cream, Colossus, Whore.
* 1996 –
Snowy Shaw does his first contributions as
multi-instrumentalist solo artist on a tribute album for KISS.
* 1997 – Records albums with various project such as Supergroupies
and psychedelic popband Bad Karma. Puts all the other projects aside
to form his own band Notre Dame, that first appear this year on a
Mercyful Fate tribute album.
* 1998 – Snowy now spends all his time working, writing and
recording for Notre Dame. The debut CD is released on Halloween.
* 2000 – Was asked by producer and guitarist
Fredrik Nordström to
join new power/melodic metal band
Dream Evil . Declined, but agreed to
do some session drumming for the band's first album Dragonslayer .
* 2001 – Snowy is hired as session drummer for the solo album of
former Europe and Easy Action guitarist
Kee Marcello namely K2.
* 2002 – Decided to join
Dream Evil as a full member, and toured
Europe and Japan with the band. Worked with Them Sluts! , as well as
keeping up with his own band Notre Dame .
* 2004 – Notre Dame was disbanded after one last show on Halloween
in hometown Gothenburg. A planned solo career follows as "Snowy Shaw
and the star-spangled banned" for which he records a full-length album
and the video XXX – Le Masochiste,but then later decides he needs a
well-deserved break and consequently the album is never released.
* 2005 – Quit Kee Marcello's K2 after their appearance on
Eurovision song contest. Notre Dame's live album 'CREEPSHOW FREAKSHOW
PEEPSHOWis released by Shaw's own indie label, White Trash Records.
Snowy works for Revolver Film Company as prop/decor designer and
* 2006 – Write and record new material with
Dream Evil but due to
internal problems within the camp Snowy decides to leave the band.
Produced and generally helping out his friends in the Swedish
glam/sleaze band Loud N´Nasty. Snowy was hired as singer in Therion.
Apart from his singing duties Snowy is hired to design and manufacture
everything visual for the stage act and photo.
Kamelot 's live show
One Cold Winter\'s Night in Oslo, Norway, features Snowy's guest
appearance as Mephisto ,
Shagrath 's character on the band's concept
The Black Halo
The Black Halo .
* 2007 – Therion release
Gothic Kabbalah and tour worldwide on
their 20th anniversary. Getting more deeply involved working with the
doom metal version of a rock opera with Opera Diabolicus.
* 2008 – Release the debut album of his band XXX in Japan, North
America and Mexico. Founds his own record company aptly named Snowy
Shaw Productions. Snowy records session drums for American band Eyes
of Noctum, fronted by Weston Cage,son of Nicolas Cage.
* 2009 – Write and records music for Therion's upcoming album
Sitra Ahra. Tours Scandinavia as bassist/singer with heavy rock covers
band Nyfiken Gul. Collaborate with French industrial metal band The
CNK, and begin recording an album under the moniker The CNK and Snowy
* 2010 –
Dimmu Borgir confirmed on 24 August that Snowy Shaw
joined them on Bass/Clean Vocals replacing
ICS Vortex and recorded
Abrahadabra . He quit the day after the official announcement,
although he did appear with the band in the music video for their
single "Gateways". Snowy recorded session drums for the first solo
effort of German singer Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, ex Gammaray). He
rejoined Therion again about a month after his departure was made
* 2011 – The
Snowy Shaw all Star Band performed a showcase concert
at Brew House in Gothenburg, Sweden, on 27 May where he performed
songs from his earlier bands like Mercyful Fate, Dream Evil, Notre
Dame, King Diamond, Therion and Dimmu Borgir. It featured guests like
Hal Patino ,
Andy LaRocque ,
Mike Wead ,
Thomas Vikström , Mats
Kristian Niemann . He also performed covers of Cheap Trick
I Want You to Want Me
I Want You to Want Me and
The Who 's
My Generation . The concert
was recorded for an upcoming live DVD which is currently being mixed
by Snowy himself. It was revealed that it will be released as a
digital live album titled "
Snowy Shaw is Alive! " and will be released
before Christmas 2011. The cover was made by graphic artist "All
* 2012 - 2013 – Played with Sabaton. Solo shows with his namesake
Snowy Shaw of which a second show is filmed and recorded for the
planned Live DVD/CD release.
* 2013 – Worked with the Swedish Metal Band Mad Architect, doing
the vocals on their new album "Journey To Madness"
* 2014 – The Live DVD/CD box:
Snowy Shaw - 25 years of madness in
the name of metal is finally released during the fall on Snowy's own
new label Wunderwurld Music. The single Dusk reaches number 1 on
iTunes rock list. For more info go to: www.snowyshaw.net/webshop
* 2014 – 2015 - For the sophomore album of Mad Architect there are
no members besides guitarist/leader Magnus Daun, so other than doing
all vocals Snowy steps in as producer, co-writer, art director,
bassist and drummer. The album "Hang High" is later released on
Snowy's label Wunderwurld Music on Halloween 31 October 2015. Snowy
appears on Raubtier's album Pansargryning in a duet with Hulkoff on
* 2015 – Snowy reunite and record an EP with former Mercyful Fate
guitarists in Denner/Shermann who then signs a record deal with Metal
Blade. SNOWY SHAW and his solo band tours Sweden including a headline
show at Sabaton Open Air.
WITH KING DIAMOND
* The Eye (1990) – Contrary to belief a drum machine was NOT used
on the eye, snowy used drum pads (info taken from a King diamond skype
WITH MERCYFUL FATE
* In the Shadows and The Bellwitch (1993) (credited)
* Time (1994)
WITH MEMENTO MORI
Rhymes of Lunacy (1993)
Life, Death, and Other Morbid Tales (1994)
WITH NOTRE DAME
* Coming Soon to a Théatre Near you!!! (1998)
* Le Théâtre du Vampire (1999)
* Nightmare Before Christmas (1999)
* Abattoir, Abattoir du Noir (2000)
* Coming Soon To A Theatre Near You, The 2nd (2002)
* Demi Monde Bizarros (2004)
* Creepshow Freakshow Peepshow (2005)
WITH DREAM EVIL
* Dragonslayer (2002)
* Children of the Night (EP, 2003)
* The First Chapter (EP, 2004)
The Book of Heavy Metal (2004)
Gold Medal in Metal (2005)
WITH LOUD \\'N\\' NASTY
* No One Rocks Like You (2007)
Gothic Kabbalah (2007)
Live Gothic (2008)
* Sitra Ahra (2010)
* Les Fleurs du Mal (2012)
* Live in Atlanta Adulruna Rediviva and Beyond (2007)
WITH DIMMU BORGIR
* Abrahadabra (2010)
WITH XXX (PRONOUNCED TRIPLE X)
Snowy Shaw works with the band XXX making glitter rock.
Their debut album, 'Heaven, Hell or Hollywood' has been recorded,
mixed and mastered by Andy La Rocque in the Sonic Train Studios. They
have been signed by King Records/Japan. Licensed to Perris Records
Snowy Shaw Productions .
WITH THEATRES DES VAMPIRES
Moonlight Waltz (2011)
WITH SNOWY SHAW
Snowy Shaw is Alive! (2011)
* The Liveshow: 25 Years of Madness in the Name of Metal (2014)
* Live in hell! (2015)
WITH OPERA DIABOLICUS
* †1614 ' (2012)
WITH MAD ARCHITECT
* Journey to Madness (2013)
* Hang High (2015)
* ^ Torreano, Bradley. "Biography: Dream Evil".
Retrieved 30 July 2010.
* ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: Mercyful Fate".
Allmusic . Retrieved
30 July 2010.
* ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Biography: IllWill".
Allmusic . Retrieved
30 July 2010.
* ^ "
Snowy Shaw \'Quits\' Dimmu Borgir, Rejoins Therion".
Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2011-08-07.
* ^ Diamond, King. "King Diamond interview". YouTube. Retrieved 27
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