Famous metal musician and writer Andréa Meyer was killed on Wednesday October 13 in a horrific bow and arrow attack. Meyer was one of five people believed to have been killed by Espen Andersen Bråthen, 37, who went on a rampage in the peaceful Norwegian town of Kongsberg with a bow, arrows and an unspecified stabbing instrument, according to a report by the Associated Press. Bråthen reportedly confessed to all five murders, but the case is ongoing.
Meyer is known to many in the metal music scene by her stage name Nebelhexë, but she has also worked extensively as a writer, actress and model. She was previously married to the lead guitarist of the band EMPEROR and lived alone in Kongsberg while working on his blog and other projects. Local police believe Bråthen picked Meyer and other victims at random during his violent madness, and he is currently being held in a medical facility while the investigation continues. Police fear there will be no more charges for Bråthen before the case closes, according to NME’s latest update.
The attack took place in Kongsberg, Norway, where Meyer worked on three Nebelhexë albums, numerous articles and other projects exploring esoteric study, mythology, human nature, and musical trends. She was previously married to guitarist Tomas “Samoth” Haugen, with whom she shared a daughter named Alva.
Police do not believe that Meyer or any of the other victims were specifically targeted, but rather that Bråthen shot anyone he came across. Police Inspector Per Thomas Omholt said Bråthen was “not very sociable” and “everything suggests that he picked his victims at random” and acted alone.
Omholt also tried to dispel rumors that Bråthen had been radicalized by Islam. Bråthen posted a video on social media in 2017 “warning” others that he had converted to an extreme version of the Muslim faith, but Omholt said “the thought is that he did not take [the conversion] very seriously. By this we mean that he did not follow or practice the traditions that are common in this culture and religion. “
Bråthen has previously been convicted of burglary and drug possession. His parents filed for a restraining order against him last year after he threatened to kill one of them. At the time of this writing, it is unclear exactly how the case against him will unfold. Fans widely mourn Meyer on social media.