VITNE is a heavy metal and hard rock songwriter from Son, Norway. His music draws inspiration from various genres including power metal, 80s-era glam, folk, classical and traditional Japanese and Chinese music. Predominately a glam metal artist, he later gravitated to a more symphonic and folk-inspired sound.
Origin: Son, Norway (2013)
Genres: Symphonic Metal, Glam Metal, Melodic Hard Rock, Folk
Style: “Zen Metal”
Within the melodic metal landscape, Norway's VITNE (meaning "witness" in Norwegian) stands out as a different voice in a sea of modern similarity with an air of minimalism uncommon within the genre. VITNE’s polarized approach is accentuated by his chilly Nordic undertones, Japanese and Celtic influences and naturally baritone voice, having been described as “Billy Idol meets X Japan.” The introspective, triumphant feel to the music, as well as his tendency to move from heavy, power metal-esque songs into tranquil, ambient pieces has led to VITNE's style being endearingly named "Zen Metal" by fans.
Fireworks Magazine described his sound as "a sort of laid-back, toned-down power metal style," with an "operatic-style about the singing in the way he soars cleanly above the music." Metal-Temple noted that VITNE's music has a "chilly and vibrant Gothic experience" and described him as a "multi-talented musician with a voice of an angel."
As an avid fan of RPG video games like Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross and Final Fantasy, over time VITNE’s music has taken on an epic, almost soundtrack-like feel. In particular, the influence of game composers Yasunori Mitsuda and Nobuo Uematsu have played a major role in the development his sound. As a result of this as well as influence from artists like X Japan, Gackt, Mötley Crüe and Stratovarius, VITNE’s music generally hovers stylistically between that of 80s-era glam metal and symphonic power metal, albeit less speed-focused than typical power metal.
VITNE has been nominated for various awards including the IMEA Awards and CC Music Awards (Creative Commons) and has won an Indie Music Channel award in 2017 for “Best Rock Song” for Make Believe. His songs have been featured in video games like Drums Hero as well as commercials and film. On April 10th, 2019, VITNE reached 1 million streams on the Jamendo music platform.
With an inspirational, empowering quality to his songs, VITNE’s music has touched fans around the globe and been featured in publications from Brazil and Chile to Russia, China and Japan.
VITNE’s latest single, “Vanquish the Night” released November 15th, 2018.