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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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“Antichrist” (remaster) by Gorgoroth

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

So you have emerged in relative safety from your journey into Black Metal territory and have chosen to continue on back into the thick of things once again with the mighty Gorgoroth. You felt that you handle what they were about with their debut “Pentagram” and just in time for your realization comes their sophomore effort, the 1996 release “Antichrist”. The album would find the band continuing strong into battle against the light for Black Metal dominance with the armies of darkness by their side. Oddly enough their second album would run just twenty five minutes and be even shorter than the debut, and while it seems to be the length of one, this is not considered an EP. The journey that that they took us on began with “Pentagram” and it is examined a little deeper on “Antichrist” which as you could expect from its title is loaded with blasphemous and satanic topics and imagery. If you don’t believe me then just listen to songs like “A Rank Smell Of Christian Blood” and “(Possessed) By Satan” to clarify the statement. “Antichrist” is an upgrade from top to bottom in the musical sense from “Pentagram” as it seems as though the themes that Infernus wishes to deliver are a little clearer and this time around he is also handling the bass as well as all guitars on the recording. However, he lists this as “desecration of amplification” in the liner notes along with “poetry of darkness and Satan” to explain how he is responsible for the full lyrical content too.
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“Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam” by Gorgoroth

Artist: Gorgoroth
Title: “Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam”
Label: Candlelight Records
Release Date: 7/25/2006
Genre: Black Metal
Rating: 3/5

In terms of Black Metal extremism there is probably no band that has caused as much of a ruckus as the one and only Gorgoroth. When we last heard their name it was due to the concert in Poland which had found the band becoming practically enemies of the state due to their violent and highly graphic stage presentation. The group soon left Nuclear Blast Records and found Candlelight Music which is to be honest a far better home for their brand of mayhem. I never followed Gorgoroth in the past as they emphasize a little too much Satanistics for my taste and honestly I didn’t like the music that I heard sampled on their site of their old stuff. However, this time around the band seems to have delivered a wholly different beast to their fans and being fair to them they have done a pretty good job of it. The album itself covers the same level of intensity that Gorgoroth is well-known for – this is a band that truly believes in their dark craft and the powers that it praises. Opener “Wound Open” is an immediate attack on the listener with Gaahl screaming his lungs out. His visage for those that never saw him is something that will give you nightmare’s for weeks and his beliefs in why he sings about what he does is just as terrifying. The band features Infernus (guitar), King ov Hell (bass) and the inimitable Frost (drums) from 1349 and Satryicon for this release.
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