Metal Insider’s top 5: Bands that continued despite legal issues with members

Posted by on April 7, 2014

Bard Faust EithunHonorary Mention: Emperor drummer Bard “Faust” Eithun

Onetime Emperor drummer Bard “Faust” Eithun spent nearly a decade in jail after admittedly killing a gay man in 1992. He’d been drinking, and a man sexually propositioned him. The drummer reacted by stabbing him 37 times and kicking him in the head repeatedly. Not initially caught, he also burned down a church the next day, and it wasn’t until a year later that he was caught and sentenced. And while there was a decidedly evil series of events going on in the early ’90s in Norway, Faust has he explained that the murder had nothing to do with black metal or Satan. Perhaps the surprising of all of these, Faust was accepted by the black metal community once he’d done his time. He’s been in Blood Tsunami, Zyklon and Aborym since he’s gotten out of the band, and while Emperor continued on without him, when they reformed last year, Faust was once again a member of the band.

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