Title: “Pentagram” (remaster)
Label: Regain Records
Release Date: 10/23/2007
Genre: Black Metal
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.
One can only assume their content from the titles which are as expected on the ominous side. Of all the tracks that come hurtling by your ears on this fewer than thirty minute exploration into Hell the best come in the way of “Katharinas Bortgang” and “(Under) The Pagan Megalith” and the closing epic of “Maneskyggens Slave”. These three seem to capture the darkness in spirit that the band is trying to introduce you to the best of all the rest. The drumming on the recording is your typical blast beats and double bass thundering and come courtesy of Goatpervertor while bass is performed by their session man Samoth (yes it’s the same one from Emperor and Zylkon). The remastering was done at the Cutting Room and is definitely something for those fans that make this their preferred genre of choice. The contributions of Gorgoroth to the Black Metal world are numerous and as we find on their earliest output have never been anything but deadly serious about their message of sinister proportions.
1. Begravelsenatt (Burialnight)
2. Crushing The Scepter (Regaining A Lost Dominion)
4. Drommer om Dod (Dreams About Death)
5. Katharinas Bortgand (Katharinas Decease)
7. (Under) The Pagan Megalith
8. Maneskyggens Slave (Slave Of The Moonshadow)
Official Website: www.gorgoroth.org