Jorn Viggo Lofstad is a guitarist, songwriter and producer from Skien, Norway. He is best known for his work with the band “Pagan’s Mind”.
Jorn Viggo Lofstad is currently working with “Pagan’s Mind”.
Jorn Viggo Lofstad had great interest in rhythms and music from his young age. He got influenced by the heavy metal bands like “King Diamond”, “Metallica” and “Dio”. Lofstad learnt guitar and joined a local cover band “Cry Free” at the age of 14. He composed a song when he was 15/16 and performed with the band “Mortification” along with his high school friends. Later in 1990s, Jorn Viggo Lofstad played in several bands ranging from Classic Hard Rock to Thrash Metal.
In 2000, the local band “Silverspoon” was founded by vocalist Nils K. Rue, drummer Stian Kristoffersen and guitarist Thorstein Aaby. The band released their first album “Infinity Divine” in the same year and was fairly successful. The band members were unhappy with its name and changed the band name to “Pagan’s Mind”. Jorn Viggo Lofstad was asked to join the band, for which he agreed and brought Ronny Tegner and Steinar Krokmo with him. The current members of the band include: Jorn Viggo Lofstad on guitar, Ronny Tegner on keyboards, Nils K. Rue on vocals and Steinar Krokmo on bass. In 2002, they released their second album “Celestial Entrance” for which most of the songs was composed by Jorn Viggo Lofstad.
Jorn Viggo Lostad has also worked in a side project “Beautiful Sin”. Beautiful Sin was formed by the heavy metal drummer Uli Kusch (founder of ‘Masterplan’, a German-American power metal band and former member of ‘Helloween’ band) and Belgian Singer Magali Luyten.
Jorn Viggo Lofstad has also worked with the band ‘Jorn’. Jorn Viggo Lofstad became a big fan of hard rock singer Jorn Lande since 1994. Lofstad was impressed with Jorn’s singing when he first heard him in a hard rock band ‘Vagabond.’. Jorn Viggo Lofstad invited Jorn Lande to come and do a gig with Pagan’s Mind members, for which he agreed and did the gig. Jorn Viggo Lofstad was asked to join the album ‘Jorn’ by Jorn Lande, which he agreed and performed with him.
Jorn Viggo Lofstad has performed in the album “Master of Illusion” of power metal band ‘Power Quest’ which was released on May 13, 2008.
Some of his albums include:
- Infinity Divine (2000)
- Celestial Entrance (2002)
- Infinity Divine (2004 re-recording)
- Enigmatic : Calling (2005)
- The Unexpected (2006)
- God's Equation (2007)
- Out to Every Nation