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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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