Jon Andreas Nödtveidt (June 28, 1974 – August 16,
2006) was a lead guitarist and vocalist of the Swedish
death metal/black metal band Dissection, which he
founded in 1989.
Nödtveidt also performed in several
other projects, including Necrophobic, The Black (as
Rietas), De Infernali, Nifelheim, Ophthalamia (as Shadow),
Satanized, Siren's Yell, Terror (a grindcore band which
featured members of At the Gates).
He also appeared as a journalist in Metal Zone
where he was responsible for keeping track of the
growing black metal-scene.
He was an initiate of the MLO (Misanthropic
Nödtveidt was convicted of felony murder of a 38-year-old
homosexual Algerian Josef Ben Meddour in 1997. He was
released from prison in 2004 and restarted Dissection.
On the 16th of August 2006, he was found dead in his
apartment in Hässelby, a suburb of Stockholm by an
apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a circle of
lit candles. Dissection's official website later
confirmed his death.
Early reports indicated that he was found with an
open copy of the Satanic Bible, but these were later
dismissed by Dissection's guitarist Set Teitan.
According to him, "it's not any atheist, humanist and
ego-worshiping 'Satanic Bible' by Anton LaVey that Jon
had in front of him, but a Satanic Grimoire. He despised
LaVey and 'Church of Satan'."
The said "Satanic Grimoire" is reputed to be the
Liber Azerate, one of the publishings of the
Misanthropic Luciferian Order, from which Jon Nödtveidt
apparently was influenced, his last album Reinkaos's
lyrics being co-written by the very same man who wrote
the Liber Azerate.
On August 19th, 2006, Jon's website publicly
announced his suicide.