Gorgoroth and related goods…Posted on Friday, September 15th, 2006 @ 8:55am » permalink
It really is hard to believe that on "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam" (Candlelight Records), their seventh album in more than a decade, Gorgoroth is still one of the "trvest" and "kvltest" Norwegian black metal bands. I mean, come on, let's face it, amusing band name and sketchy extracurricular activities aside, Gorgoroth fucking rules. I often forget just how insanely awesome this band can be, but after all this time they're still plowing through loads of fierce as fuck black metal that blends sheer speed and scathing screams with powerfully dissonant midpaced breaks and atmospheric undercurrents. That's all there is to it, really. This album really is fucking incredible: 8 tracks, all winners, about 32 minutes in total length, the end. It kills.
Of course, Gorgoroth and bassist King recently "mutually agreed" that he would no longer be a part of the band because he has apparently "recently had problems fronting some of the ideological aspects of his band's agenda". This is, interestingly enough, quite a "brilliant" move by Infernus and Gaahl, seeing as King fucking wrote all of the music on "Ad Majorem…" – not to mention the fact that he was the only member of the trio not currently in prison or tied up in colorful litigation that will probably land them in prison. I guess King was too busy, you know, writing music to bother with assaulting innocent civilians and all that truly "evil" business. I guess one of the "ideological aspects" of Gorgoroth's brand of satanism is that violence supersedes all – even the songwriting process. Nice, eh? We get it, guys, you love the devil.
But whatever that means for the future of Gorgoroth, I wasn't kidding when I said that "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam" is fucking incredible, because it is. I'm loving this shit, and actually find these tracks to be memorable enough to where I can play the album through repeatedly and still enjoy it, which is indeed rare with this genre.
I feel like Gorgoroth doesn't get as much "love" from the diehards these days since there are so many "kvlter than thou" black metal bands out there doing things totally raw and by the numbers and whatnot, but these dudes don't fuck around, man. They're still among the best of the best when it comes to the material, and I highly recommend this album: