Pontus Norgren (HammerFall)

www.hammerfall.net


At the tender age of twelve Pontus Norgren picked up the guitar, heavily influenced by his older brother’s Thin Lizzy albums. In spite of serious prior training in classical music, it was metal that inspired him to form his first rock band with a couple of friends.

A few years and a couple of bands later, Pontus formed Great King Rat together with a couple of other talented, young and ambitious musicians. The band was sworn to greatness but because of a series of unfortunate mishaps they split up in the early nineties.

After that, Pontus joined Jekyll and Hyde, consisting of among others Jakob Samuel, (the Poodles) on lead vocals, Stefan Molander (Gemini Five) and Marcus Jidell (Royal Hunt). During that time he also played guitar in Talisman, together with Marcel Jacob and Jeff Scott Soto. He somehow found the time to record a solo album, which he both wrote and produced himself. As a sound engineer and producer Pontus has worked with many great bands, building up a great reputation with the likes of Candelmass, Glenn Huges, Europe, Yngwie Malmsteen and Twisted Sister.

When he played with The Ring, a band formed together with his old band mates Marcus Jidell and Jacob Samuel, they toured with Motörhead and Sepultura.

In 2006 Pontus once again joined a band fronted by Jacob Samuel, this time the Swedish metal band The Poodles, releasing two successful albums. In 2008 he was offered a place in HammerFall and immediately jumped at the opportunity.

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