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“True Norwegian Black Metal: Live In Grieghallen” by Gorgoroth

Artist: Gorgoroth
Title: “True Norwegian Black Metal: Live In Grieghallen”
Label: Regain Records
Release Date: 6/24/2008
Genre: Black Metal
Rating: 4/5

“Is it live or is it Memorex” was the catch phrase used in a very popular audio tape commercial for years and this is what I thought of when I began listening to the promotional CD for Gorgoroth’s album “True Norwegian Black Metal: Live In Grieghallen”. It’s a release that is supposed to be recorded live in concert but it really comes across as very clean and I didn’t detect any crowd noise so felt it might be live in the studio as opposed to in front of ravenous Black Metal fans. Now, before I get too involved about the glories of the release I must inform the reader that its existence does not come without some controversy and could you expect anything less from a band like Gorgoroth? Here’s what seems to have happened. The tracks were recorded “live” in the studio by the band that featured Gaahl, Infernus and King along with a session drummer Garghuf and when the acrimonious split of the band into warring factions happened, it appears as though Infernus re-recorded all of the bass himself and left only Gaahl’s voice over the tracks. The guitarist chose to leave the band that he formed and yet the group still tours with Gaahl and King in place despite Infernus’ absence. At present these musicians are in a bloody custody battle for the rights to use the name and continue on as Gorgoroth. One cannot blame them for wanting to use the name that they helped to glorify the darker side of things and have them be able to press forward and spread their sinister message all the more. Yet I don’t understand how one can win over the rights of the actual creator of the enterprise because I know if Gene Simmons took the name KISS away that would be that. Anyways, let’s get back to the music on the release.
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“Gleipnirs Smeder” by Jotunspor

Artist: Jotunspor
Title: “Gleipnirs Smeder”
Label: Candlelight Records
Release Date: 7/25/2006
Genre: Atmospheric/Ambient Noise/Black Metal
Rating: 3/5

The great thing about side projects from bands on the European side of the musical fence is that something interesting always seems to come from them no matter who is involved. Jotunspor is the combined efforts of two musicians who have in common the work done they’ve done with Black Metal juggernauts Gorgoroth. With Jotunspor we find a strong helping of primitive Black Metal with some atmospheric and ambient overtones that come courtesy of bassist King ov Hell and the bands former drummer Kvitfrafn. Together they deliver some truly dark music that harkens back to the early years of the genre as the tracks blaze past at lightning speed and use a number of different vocal techniques to add the proper emphasis to the music. It opens with the title track which I understand is translated into English as “blacksmiths of Gleipnir” and this is an excellent tune full of high speed drumming, epic vocals and solid guitar work. King handles guitars, bass and some vocals, while Kvitrafn does drums, guitars, effects and the main vocals. It’s an album of music that might come off strange based on the different experiments that the pair undertakes. For instance the second track “Svartalvheims Djup” is purely sound effects and reminds of some nightmarish walk down treacherous paths while “Solartjuven” has a slow and almost pulsing groove happening under the dual vocal growling.
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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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