Snowy Shaw

Snowy Shaw
Snowy Shaw - Wacken Open Air 2016 08.jpg
Background information
Birth name Tommie Snowy Mike Christer Shaw
Born (1968-07-25) 25 July 1968 (age 52)
Origin Gothenburg, Sweden
Genres Heavy metal, black metal, doom metal, symphonic metal, gothic metal, power metal, punk rock, shock rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals
Years active 1989–present
Associated acts Dimmu Borgir, King Diamond, Loud N' Nasty, Mercyful Fate, Dream Evil, Therion, Cans, Notre Dame, Memento Mori, IllWill, Nightrage, Sabaton

Snowy Shaw (born Tommie Mike Christer Helgesson on 25 July 1968) is a Swedish heavy metal musician (primarily a drummer), based in the port city of Gothenburg in the west coast of Sweden. He has played with many heavy metal bands, like King Diamond, Dream Evil,[1] Mercyful Fate,[2] IllWill,[3] Notre Dame and Memento Mori.

Snowy is adept at playing guitar as well as drums and additionally featured as a primary songwriter in Dream Evil.

In October 2006 Snowy joined the symphonic metal band Therion, singing on the Gothic Kabbalah album and participating in the 2007 tour together with already established singer Mats Levén. On 24 August 2010, he was announced as the new bassist and clean vocalist of symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir, although he was only officially a member for one day then quit and rejoined Therion.[4]

Snowy also works as a photographer and designer for bands and artists, and has arranged promotional shoots for bands such as Falconer, Easy Action, Engel, Loud N´Nasty, Passenger, Therion, The Crown, Hellfueled, Nightrage, Wolf, Dream Evil, Amon Amarth, Aggressive Chill, Medusa, K2, XXX, Hardcore Superstar. In 2012 and 2013 Snowy Shaw was on tour with Sabaton, replacing the (then) current drummer Robban Bäck due to parental leave.


With King Diamond

  1. The Eye (1990)[5]

With Mercyful Fate

  1. Time (1994)

With Memento Mori

  1. Rhymes of Lunacy (1993)
  2. Life, Death, and Other Morbid Tales (1994)

With Notre Dame

  1. Coming Soon to a Théatre Near you!!! (1998)
  2. Le Théâtre du Vampire (1999)
  3. Nightmare Before Christmas (1999)
  4. Abattoir, Abattoir du Noir (2000)
  5. Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You, The 2nd (2002)
  6. Demi Monde Bizarros (2004)
  7. Creepshow Freakshow Peepshow (2005)

With Dream Evil

  1. Dragonslayer (2002)
  2. Evilized (2003)
  3. Children of the Night (EP, 2003)
  4. The First Chapter (EP, 2004)
  5. The Book of Heavy Metal (2004)
  6. Gold Medal in Metal (2005)

With Loud 'N' Nasty

  1. No One Rocks Like You (2007)

Produced by Snowy Shaw

With Therion

  1. Gothic Kabbalah (2007)
  2. Live Gothic (2008)
  3. Sitra Ahra (2010)
  4. Les Fleurs du Mal (2012)
  5. Live in Atlanta Adulruna Rediviva and Beyond (2007)

With Dimmu Borgir

With XXX (pronounced Triple X)

Currently Snowy Shaw works with the band XXX making glitter rock. Their debut album, 'Heaven, Hell or Hollywood' has been recorded, mixed and mastered by Andy La Rocque in the Sonic Train Studios. They have been signed by King Records/Japan. Licensed to Perris Records U.S.A via Snowy Shaw Productions .

With Theatres des Vampires

With Snowy Shaw

  • Snowy Shaw is Alive! (2011)
  • The Liveshow: 25 Years of Madness in the Name of Metal (2014)
  • Live in hell! (2015)
  • White Is The New Black (2018)

With Opera Diabolicus

  • †1614 (2012)

With Mad Architect

  • Journey to Madness (2013)
  • Hang High (2015)

With Dark Embrace

  • The call of the wolves (2017)

With Barndoom med Snömannen & hans vänner

  • self-titled (2017)
  • kråksång & rävspel (2017)

With Poison Pill

  • self-titled (2017)

With Snowy Shaw

  • White Is The New Black (2018)

With Snowy Shaw

  • Be Kind to Animals or I'll Kill You (2018)


  1. ^ Torreano, Bradley. "Biography: Dream Evil". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 July 2010.
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: Mercyful Fate". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 July 2010.
  3. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Biography: IllWill". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Snowy Shaw 'Quits' Dimmu Borgir, Rejoins Therion". Archived from the original on 28 August 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  5. ^ Diamond, King. "King Diamond interview". YouTube. Retrieved 27 November 2015.

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