Kristian Wåhlin

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Kristian Wåhlin
Birth nameKristian Wåhlin
Also known asNecrolord, Chris Steele
Born (1971-12-04) 4 December 1971 (age 50)[1]
Gothenburg, Västra Götaland County, Sweden
GenresDeath metal, melodic death metal, black metal, gothic metal, power metal, doom metal
InstrumentsGuitar, drums
Years active1988–present
LabelsVarious (as both musician and artist)

Kristian Wåhlin (born 4 December 1971) is a Swedish musician, graphic designer, and album cover artist for many bands in the extreme metal scene worldwide. He is often credited under his pseudonym, Necrolord.


Wåhlin's interest in art began while attending Schillerska Grammar School, a secondary educational institution in central Gothenburg. He has referenced Romantic and Renaissance painters like Caspar David Friedrich, Albrecht Dürer and Hieronymus Bosch as early influences. This interest also coincided with the time in which he studied music.

At the age of 17, Wåhlin formed Grotesque (as guitarist) with school friend Tomas Lindberg on vocals, Alf Svensson on guitar, and Tomas Eriksson on drums.[2] The 1990 break-up of Grotesque would lead to the formation of At the Gates, who would be credited as instigators of the "Gothenburg Melodic death metal sound". Wåhlin would collaborate with Lindberg and other At the Gates members a short time additionally in the death metal band Liers in Wait, and would go on to design the "Russian icon" cover-art of At the Gates' cornerstone release, Slaughter of the Soul.

Dissection, who shared practice quarters with At the Gates, would display illustrations by Wåhlin on the cover of The Somberlain and also Storm of the Light's Bane; the latter featuring the infamous scene of the "grim reaper horseman" in the middle of a snow-covered forest tundra. In the Nightside Eclipse, the debut of seminal Norwegian black metal band Emperor, would also be graced with his work on the cover. Wåhlin would continue as an album artist for several other bands in the European death, black, doom, power and gothic metal collective throughout the 2000s.

Liers in Wait and Decollation would feature musical contribution by Wåhlin before both groups folded in the mid-1990s. In 1995 he started gothic metal band Diabolique, where he was joined by some musicians from bands in which he had previously participated. Diabolique's latest release was The Green Goddess in 2001. They are currently writing material for an upcoming 2010 album. Wåhlin also collaborated with longtime friend Lindberg in the hardcore band The Great Deceiver.

His art studio is located in Höganäs municipality, Sweden.


Artist Year Album Credit
Grotesque 1996 In the Embrace of Evil (Compilation) Guitar
Liers in Wait 1992 Spiritually Uncontrolled Art (EP) Guitar
Decollation 1993 Cursed Lands (EP) Drums
Diabolique 1996 The Diabolique (EP) Vocals and guitar
1997 Wedding the Grotesque Vocals and guitar
1999 The Black Flower Vocals and guitar
2000 Butterflies (EP) Vocals and guitar
2001 The Green Goddess Vocals and guitar
The Great Deceiver 1999 Cave In (EP) Guitar
2000 Jet Black Art (2000) Guitar
2002 A Venom Well Designed Guitar
2004 Terra Incognito Guitar
2007 Life Is Wasted on the Living Guitar

Album covers[]

Artist Year Album
Ablaze My Sorrow 1996 If Emotions Still Burn
Aeon 2012 Aeons Black
Amorphis 1996 Elegy
2010 Magic & Mayhem – Tales from the Early Years
Antestor 2000 Martyrium
2004 Det tapte liv (EP)
2005 The Forsaken
Apostasy 2004 Cell 666
At the Gates 1995 Slaughter of the Soul
Atheist 1993 Elements
Auberon 1998 The Tale of Black
Bathory 1996 Blood on Ice
2002 Nordland I
2003 Nordland II
2006 In Memory of Quorthon (Compilation)
Becoming the Archetype 2008 Dichotomy
Benediction 2001
The Black Dahlia Murder 2007 Nocturnal
2017 Nightbringers
Bloodwork 2014 World Without End
Blut aus Nord 2014 Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry
Cemetary 1992 An Evil Shade of Grey
1996 Sundown
1997 Last Confession
2000 The Beast Divine (as Cemetary 1213)
2005 Phantasma
Crimson Midwinter 1998 Random Chaos
Crown of Thorns 1995 The Burning
1997 Eternal Death
Crystal Age 1995 Far Beyond Divine Horizons
Crystal Eyes 2000 In Silence They March
2003 Vengeance Descending
Dark Funeral 1996 The Secrets of the Black Arts
2005 In the Sign... (EP) (reissue of Dark Funeral)
2016 Where Shadows Forever Reign
Dark Tranquillity 1995 The Gallery
Decollation 1992 Cursed Lands (EP)
Desecrator 1990 Black Sermons (EP)
Desultory 1994 Bitterness
Diabolique 1997 Wedding the Grotesque
1998 The Diabolique (EP)
1999 Black Flower
2000 Butterflies (EP)
2001 The Green Goddess
Dismember 1995 Massive Killing Capacity
Dissection 1991 The Grief Prophecy (EP)
1991 Into Infinite Obscurity (EP)
1993 The Somberlain
1995 Storm of the Light's Bane
1996 Where Dead Angels Lie (EP)
2003 Live Legacy (Live album)
2004 Maha Kali (Single)
Dreams of Damnation 2000 Let the Violence Begin
Earth Flight 2011 Blue Hour Confessions
Ebony Tears 1997 Tortura Insomniae
Edge of Sanity 1994 Purgatory Afterglow
2003 Crimson II
Emperor 1994 In the Nightside Eclipse
The End 1996 The End (EP) (logo)
Ensiferum 2001 Ensiferum
2004 Iron
2007 Victory Songs
2009 From Afar
2012 Unsung Heroes
Epitaph 1993 Seeming Salvation
The Equinox ov the Gods 1996 Images of Forgotten Memories
1997 Fruits and Flowers of the Spectral Garden
Evergrey 1998 The Dark Discovery (logo)
1999 Solitude, Dominance, Tragedy
Evocation 2007 Tales from the Tomb (logo)
2008 Dead Calm Chaos (logo)
2010 Apocalyptic (logo)
2012 Illusions of Grandeur (logo)
Excruciate 1993 Passage of Life
Exempt 1992 Ill Health (EP)
Extol 1998 Burial
1999 Mesmerized (EP)
Firewind 2002 Between Heaven and Hell
The Generals 2009 Stand Up Straight
Godgory 1999 Resurrection
2001 Way Beyond
Grand Magus 2010 Hammer of the North
Graveworm 2003 Engraved in Black
The Great Deceiver 2000 Jet Black Art (EP)
2004 Terra Incognito
2007 Life Is Wasted on the Living (collaboration with Jacob Bannon of Converge)
Grotesque 1996 In the Embrace of Evil (Compilation)
Heads or Tales 1995 Eternity Becomes a Lie
Heavenly 2000 Coming from the Sky
Hexen 2012 Being and Nothingness
Hexenhaus 1997 Dejavoodoo
Hollow 1998 Modern Cathedral
1999 Architect of the Mind
Hypocrisy 2009 A Taste of Extreme Divinity
2011 Hell Over Sofia: 20 Years of Chaos and Confusion (Live DVD)
Impious 1998 Evilized
In Aeternum 1999
In Mourning 2012 The Weight of Oceans
2016 Afterglow
Incrave 2008 Dead End
Incubus 1996 Serpent Temptation (re-recorded issue)
Infinity 2013 Non de Hac Terra
Iron Fire 2000 Thunderstorm
Jennie Tebler's Out of Oblivion 2008 Till Death Tear Us Part
Keen Hue 1993 Juicy Fruit Lucy
King Diamond 1998 Voodoo
Lake of Tears 1994 Greater Art
1995 Headstones
1997 A Crimson Cosmos
2002 The Neonai
2004 Greatest Tears Vol I (Compilation)
2004 Greatest Tears Vol II (Compilation)
Laudamus 2003
Liers in Wait 1996 Spiritually Uncontrolled Art (EP)
Light This City 2008 Stormchaser
Luciferion 1994 Demonication (The Manifest)
The Man from the Moon 2007 Rocket Attack
Meduza 2002 Now and Forever
Memento Mori 1996 La Danse Macabre
1997 Songs for the Apocalypse Vol. IV
Memory Garden 1995 Forever (EP)
1999 Verdict of Posterity
2000 Mirage
Merciless 1994 Unbound
Mercyful Fate 1998 Dead Again
The Moaning 1997 Blood From Stone
Morbid 2000 December Moon (EP, reissue)
Morgana Lefay 1993 Knowing Just as I
1993 The Secret Doctrine
1995 Sanctified
1996 Maleficium
1999 The Seventh Seal (as Lefay)
2000 ...---... (SOS) (as Lefay)
2005 Grand Materia
2007 Aberrations of the Mind
Narnia 1998 Awakening
1999 Long Live the King
2001 Desert Land
Necrophobic 1997 Darkside
2018 Mark of the Necrogram
Netherbird 2010 Monument Black Colossal
Nifelheim 1995 Nifelheim
1998 Devil's Force
Nirvana 2002 2009 Recordings 89-91 (Compilation) (logo)
Nokturnal Mortum 2017 Істина (Istyna, Verity)
Opprobrium 2000 Discerning Forces
Opus Irae 2015 The Burden of Man (EP)
Phlebotomized 1993 Preach Eternal Gospels (EP)
Protector 2013 Reanimated Homunculus
2016 Cursed and Coronated
Raise Hell 1998 Holy Target
Rosicrucian 1992 Silence
1994 No Cause for Celebration
Sacramentum 1996 Far Away from the Sun
Sacrilege 1996 Lost in the Beauty You Slay
1997 The Fifth Season
Sathanas 2007
Scum 1995 Purple Dreams and Magic Poems
Setherial 2003
Shattered 2004 Wrapped in Plastic
Sins of Omission 1999 The Creation
Soul Reaper 2003 Life Erazer
Stortregn 2013 Evocation of Light
Suicidal Angels 2009 Sanctify the Darkness
Tad Morose 1993 Leaving the Past Behind
1995 Sender of Thoughts
1995 Paradigma (EP)
Therion 1992 Beyond Sanctorum
1993 Symphony Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas
1995 Lepaca Kliffoth
Thulcandra 2010
Thundersteel 1994 Thundersteel
Tiamat 1990 Sumerian Cry
1990 A Winter Shadow (Single)
1991 The Astral Sleep
1992 Clouds
1994 The Sleeping Beauty: Live in Israel (Live EP)
1994 Wildhoney
Utumno 1993 Across the Horizon
Vicious Art 2004 Fire Falls and the Waiting Waters
Wintersun 2004 Wintersun
Wisdom Call 2001 Wisdom Call
Witchery 1998 Restless & Dead
1999 Witchburner (EP)
1999 Dead, Hot & Ready
2001 Symphony for the Devil
2017 Nocturnes and Requiems
2018 A Prelude to Sorrow
2019 Vintage
2021 Curse of Autumn
Woods of Infinity 2011 Förlåt
Wuthering Heights 1999 Within
Various Artists 1996 Beauty in Darkness
1997 Beauty in Darkness, Vol. 2
1999 Beauty in Darkness, Vol. 3
2000 Black Sun Records Catalog 2000
2003 Come Armageddon: Endtime Productions V Years
1994 Death ... Is Just the Beginning III
1997 Death ... Is Just the Beginning IV
1999 Death ... Is Just the Beginning V
2000 Death ... Is Just the Beginning VI
2002 Death ... Is Just the Beginning Classics (DVD)
2006 December Songs: A Tribute to Katatonia
2002 King Diamond Tribute
2006 Maximum Metal Vol. 100 (DVD)
2006 Maximum Metal Vol. 104 (DVD)
2006 Maximum Metal Vol. 111 (DVD)
2007 Maximum Metal Vol. 114 (DVD)
2007 Maximum Metal Vol. 117 (DVD)
2007 Maximum Metal Vol. 120 (DVD)
2008 Maximum Metal Vol. 123 (DVD)
2008 Maximum Metal Vol. 126 (DVD)
2008 Maximum Metal Vol. 129 (DVD)
2008 Maximum Metal Vol. 132 (DVD)
2008 Maximum Metal Vol. 135 (DVD)
2009 Maximum Metal Vol. 138 (DVD)
1999 Metal Dreams
2000 Metal Dreams Vol. 2
2001 Metal Dreams Vol. 3
2002 Metal Dreams Vol. 4
2003 Metal Dreams Vol. 5
2005 Metal Message Vol. II
2005 Monsters of Death (DVD)
2007 Monsters of Death Vol. 2 (DVD)
2003 Monsters of Metal - The Ultimate Metal Compilation (DVD)
2004 Monsters of Metal - The Ultimate Metal Compilation Vol. 2 (DVD)
2004 Monsters of Metal - The Ultimate Metal Compilation Vol. 3 (DVD)
2005 Monsters of Metal - The Ultimate Metal Compilation Vol. 4 (DVD)
2006 Monsters of Metal - The Ultimate Metal Compilation Vol. 5 (DVD)
2008 Monsters of Metal - The Ultimate Metal Compilation Vol. 6 (DVD)
2009 Monsters of Metal - The Ultimate Metal Compilation Vol. 7 (DVD)
1995 Slatanic Slaughter: A Tribute to Slayer
1996 Slatanic Slaughter II: A Tribute to Slayer
1998 Sepulchral Feast: A Tribute to Sepultura (can also be found as "Sepultural Feast")
2002 Tyrants of the Abyss: A Tribute to Morbid Angel


  1. ^ "Kristian Wåhlin". Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Grotesque". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 24 July 2019.

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