Andrea Meyer, best known in the metal community as Andrea Meyer Haugen, former wife of Emperor Guitarist Tomas Thormodsæter “Samoth” Haugen, as well as for her own Ambient Folk projects Hagalaz Runedance, Nebelhexë, and Andrea Nebel was revealed to have been one of the victims of the senseless Kongsberg Bow and Arrow Attack on October 13, 2021. She was 52.
Police were first notified of a person walking around Kongsberg with a bow and arrows in a quiver on his shoulder at 6:12PM CEST. Upon receiving the first calls, a patrol was quickly sent to the location of the attack, followed by three others. Armed officers first confronted the perpetrator six minutes after the first calls, but he launched several arrows at them and escaped. Afterwards, he committed the attack and killed his victims, according to the police chief.
The perpetrator is said to have first started attacking people inside a Coop Extra supermarket in Kongsberg and then moved over a large area. Police said that, in addition to the bow and arrow, he used two other weapons. Pictures have been published of arrows lodged in walls at the scene. As the attack continued, police cordoned off several parts of Kongsberg. An arrest was eventually made at 6:47PM, 35 minutes after the attack began; explaining the delay of the arrest, a police official described the situation as “confusing”. A warning shot was fired at the time of the arrest, according to the police chief.
By the time of the suspect’s arrest, the attack had spurred a large emergency response including 22 heavily-armed police patrols, more than ten ambulances, and two helicopters. The attack was the deadliest in Norway since those committed by Anders Behring Breivik a decade earlier.
Meyer and Haugen have a daughter together, Alva.
Meyer was well known for being a writer, actress, model, as well as a singer and musician. She appeared as a guest on Satyricon‘s masterpiece Nemesis Divina. She also had her own Folk projects Hagalaz Runedance, Nebelhexë, and Andrea Nebel. Founding member and original bassist of Emperor, Håvard “Mortiis” Ellefsen commented on this tragic loss, “Andrea Meyer. You created pagan inspired music, 15 years before everyone else thought it was cool. Rest in peace, old friend.”
Meyer provided female vocals on Cradle of Filth‘s critically acclaimed debut The Principle of Evil Made Flesh. The band commented on their social media, “R.I.P. Andrea Meyer. Andrea guested on our debut album ‘The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh’ and also modelled and danced for us onstage as well as presiding over ritual back in our formative years. She will be sadly missed and our deep felt love and sympathies go out to her kith and kin.
#andreameyerhaugen #rip #kongsbergnorway #theprincipleofevilmadeflesh”
Morbid Angel founder David Vincent also posted “Sad to learn that my friend was amongst those senselessly murdered in Norway terror attack. She was a beautiful, creative artist and she will be missed dearly. Goodbye for now Andrea.”
Meyer wrote film scripts, both horror and satire. She began writing in 1995. She was a pagan and had publicly criticized what she viewed as patriarchal religions that inhibit people’s inner nature. She wrote a book about Germanic spirituality and mythology, The Ancients Fire of Midgard. Many of her social-critical comments have been printed in alternative magazines and also in Norwegian tabloids and magazines. She wrote Gothic and surreal poetry.