Snowy Shaw (born Tommie Mike Christer Helgesson on 25 July 1968) is a
Swedish heavy metal musician (primarily a drummer), based in the port
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
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 2013 Snowy
Shaw was on tour with Sabaton, replacing the (then) current drummer
Robban Bäck due to parental leave.
2.1 With King Diamond
2.2 With Mercyful Fate
2.3 With Memento Mori
2.4 With Notre Dame
2.5 With Dream Evil
2.6 With Loud 'N' Nasty
2.7 With Therion
2.8 With Dimmu Borgir
2.9 With XXX (pronounced Triple X)
2.10 With Theatres des Vampires
2.11 With Snowy Shaw
2.12 With Opera Diabolicus
2.13 With Mad Architect
2.14 With Dark Embrace
Snowy Shaw joined King Diamond, touring North America.
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.
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 assistant.
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 album The
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 and North
America. 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 Shaw.
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 official.
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 Levén and
Kristian Niemann. He also performed covers of Cheap Trick's 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
Snowy Shaw is Alive!" and will be released before Christmas
2011. The cover was made by graphic artist "All Things Rotten".
2012 - 2013 – Played with Sabaton. Solo shows with his namesake act
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 Opus Magni.
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.
2016 – Apart from various session recordings on vocals, drums and
bass and song writing sessions Snowy spend most of his time working on
his solo career and release 3 official music videos from his yet
unreleased solo album: Alcoholocaust, Nachtgeist and Krampus. He plays
a handful of live shows with his namesake live band at Wacken Open Air
among others where he also joins his former band Therion on stage for
a guest appearance.
2017 – Snowy release two albums with his side project Barndoom med
Snömannen & hans vänner, consisting of metalized versions of
classic Swedish children's music and making plans to play concerts for
underage school students around Sweden and Scandinavia. In connection
to his Anti Animal Cruelty campaign where he donate all profit to
shelters, rescues and animal rights organizations he release a music
video by the same name Be Kind To Animals Or I'll Kill You. In
September he makes his U.S live debut as a solo artist at Prog Power,
Atlanta. At the warm-up show in Gothenburg, Sweden he decides to add a
matinée show during the day with lower volume to meet the demands of
underage fans and families.
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)
With Memento Mori
Rhymes of Lunacy (1993)
Life, Death, and Other Morbid Tales
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
Children of the Night (EP, 2003)
The First Chapter (EP, 2004)
The Book of Heavy Metal
The Book of Heavy Metal (2004)
Gold Medal in Metal
Gold Medal in Metal (2005)
With Loud 'N' Nasty
No One Rocks Like You (2007)
Produced by Snowy Shaw
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
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
With Mad Architect
Journey to Madness (2013)
Hang High (2015)
With Dark Embrace
The call of the wolves (2017)
^ Torreano, Bradley. "Biography: Dream Evil". Allmusic. Retrieved 30
^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: Mercyful Fate". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 July
^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Biography: IllWill". Allmusic. Retrieved 30
Snowy Shaw 'Quits' Dimmu Borgir, Rejoins Therion".
Roadrunnerrecords.com. Archived from the original on 28 August 2010.
Retrieved 7 August 2011.
^ Diamond, King. "King Diamond interview". YouTube. Retrieved 27
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