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“Pentagram” (remaster) by Gorgoroth

Artist: Gorgoroth
Title: “Pentagram” (remaster)
Label: Regain Records
Release Date: 10/23/2007
Genre: Black Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

If you are choosing to wander deep into the abyss of true Norwegian Black Metal then perhaps the 1994 debut by Gorgoroth is one of the best places to begin this treacherous journey. “Pentagram” is the bands first album and the Regain Records remaster marks the seventh time that it has been re-released or shall I say unleashed on the unsuspecting world. Having not heard the original version I can only imagine that the remaster offers up a little more in the way of sonic clarity from the evil ones than was able to be heard before the process was done. As a debut this is rather strong and it was a lot more melodic than I had expected it to be especially in the guitar riffing of Infernus. The player offers up some truly blistering runs across the album but also delivers quite a bit of head banging accessibility at the same time. Hat is the lead singer during this stage of the bands life but there is no way on earth to determine what he is maniacally shrieking about. I had hoped that lyrics would be included on the re-issue but instead of that we get a poster of the bands logo in white on black background.
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