Thorr's Hammer is an American/Norwegian death/doom band.

Thorr's Hammer was formed in Ballard, Washington by Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley during winter 1994-1995. Soon after, Runhild Gammelsæter, then 17-year-old Norwegian exchange student, joined the band as vocalist/lyricist. The band reached its final form when Jamie Sykes and James Hale joined. The band was active only for six weeks during which it played two gigs and recorded a demo and an EP entitled Dommedagsnatt. The band disbanded after Runhild's return to Oslo, Norway. Burning Witch was formed from the ashes of Thorr's Hammer and Runhild has currently teamed up with James Plotkin (Khanate) to form Khlyst.

Thorr's Hammer reunited in 2009 to play at the Supersonic Festival in Birmingham, England. In an interview with Rock-A-Rolla magazine, Runhild Gammelsæter said the band "might make some new music" in the future.

Thorr’s Hammer performed at the Roadburn Festival in Tilburg in April 2010, performing a new song, called “Aasgaardsreien”. This was a very special concert for us, we were invited to play the festival day curated by Tom G. Warrior. We were floored to have been invited by Tom, who has been an still is an idol and inspiration for us. 

(Apparently more t-shirts from this gig to be had at Look like bootleg t-shirts, as they properly should. Design Stephen O’Malley)

Tom G. Warriors blog

Roadburn festival

More info about the Roadburn gig

Below, Thorr’s Hammer first live show in Seattle in 1994.

Sound is “slightly” crusty. This is VHS mind you.


Artist: Thorr's Hammer

Title: Dommedagsnatt

Thorr's Hammer features (photos 2009):

Runhild Gammelsæter... vocals

Jamie Sykes... battledrums

Greg Anderson... drones and sunns

James Hale... subsonic attack (record)

Guy Pinhas... subsonic attack live

Steve O'Malley... crust and earth

Track listing:




Mellom Galgene (live)

Grimly recorded by James Hale on two evenings in June 1995 c.e. in Nifelheim... mastered by Count Schneeberger March 1998 c.e.

Photos by: Diona Mavis

All songs: Thorr's Hammer

All poetry: Runhild Gammelsæter

MC release: Moribund Records 1996 (DEAD 004)

CD release: Southern Lord Recordings 1998 (sunn1)

(Mellom Galgene is a CD only track)

Label: Southern Lord Recordings

Photo albums

Record covers


Live @Supersonic, Birmingham

26th July 2009

Live @Scala, London

27th July 2009

Live @Roadburn, Tilburg

16th April 2010


Thorr’s Hammer on Wikipedia

Thorr’s Hammer on MySpace

Southern Lord Records

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T-shirts from Roadburn