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From: Bergen, Norway
Last Known Status: Active
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Below is our complete Gorgoroth news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Former Obituary bassist Frank Watkins (also known as Bøddel of Gorgoroth) passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was only 47-years-old.
Watkins joined Obituary in 1989, after the band's debut album "Slowly We Rot", and recorded with them "Cause Of Death" in 1990. Obituary broke up in 1997 and reteamed again in 2003.
Watkins stayed with the group through the recording of 2009's album "Darkest Day". In 2010 Frank Watkins left Obituary on acrimonious terms and was replaced by Terry Butler.
Norway's Blastfest made a special announcement a few months back that it will be celebrating its national metal scene by boasting a 100% Norwegian lineup featuring such as Abbath, Green Carnation, Ihsahn, Ancient and Gorgoroth.
The festival has now announced another wave of bands that will be appearing in February 2016, including Arcturus, Dødheimsgard, Nekromantheon, Viper Solfa, Endezzma, Nocturnal Breed, and Execration. The full (current) lineup is as follows:
Abbath | Ancient | Arcturus | Blood Tsunami | CVLT | Djevel | Dødheimsgard | Endezzma | Execration | Funeral | Gorgoroth | Green Carnation | Ihsahn | Inculter | In The Woods | Khold | Manes | Nekromantheon | Nocturnal Breed | One Tail, One Head | Red Harvest | Svarttjern | Tristania | Viper Solfa | Virus | Vulture Industries | Plus More TBA More...
Gorgoroth is streaming a new track titled "Ad Omnipotens Aeterne Diabolus," taken from the upcoming new album "Instinctus Bestialis," which is set to drop on June 8th, 2015 via Soulseller Records.
Check it out now below.
Wardruna's Gaahl (ex-Gorgoroth vocalist Kristian Eivind Espedal) will no longer be performing with the band live. The band posted this brief message to social media today:
Gaahl has by his own choice decided to stop performing live with Wardruna and we have of course willingly and without any hard feelings relieved him from these duties. We respectfully thank him for his unique qualities and powerful contributions on stage for Wardruna!
Containing former members of Gorgoroth, Wardruna has more recently become known for their music's appearance in the History Channel's television series "Vikings." Wardruna's Kvitrafn will also appear in the show in season 3.
Blastfest 2016 will be celebrating its national metal scene and will boast a lineup that will be 100% Norwegian.
Just hours after the final note rang out across the venue at Blastfest 2015, the organizers were brainstorming ideas for the third edition of the festival and here we are, a brand new concept: a one time only celebration of the Norwegian metal scene.
The 2016 editions will feature the triumphant return of the long-defunct Ancient, as well as other Norwegian luminaries such as Ihsahn and Tristania. The currently announced lineup (with more coming) is as follows:
In The Woods
Wardruna, the Norwegian folk act featuring Ex-Gorgoroth members Kvitrafn and Gaahl, has posted an update online about their involvement in season two of The History Channel's "Vikings" TV series:
With the premiere of Vikings - season 2 just around the corner it is a great pleasure to announce that the Norse sounds of Wardruna will be present this season as well. In addition to the use of Wardruna songs, I'm [Einar] also taking part in the actual score for the series and I have been collaborating with the award winning Vikings composer Trevor Morris since the autumn of 2013. I would like to use this opportunity to express my gratitude to the Vikings production and to Trevor Morris for welcoming me and Wardruna more into the heart of the show this season.
Black metal, as we’ve seen over the past month, can be a highly controversial genre. Neither bands nor fans are afraid of facing backlash for their beliefs, name or artistic integrity and some have even had clashes with the law, often receiving prison sentences. It can be said that Mayhem has one of the most violent and shocking biographies in black metal, but if they were to be rivalled by anyone in this department, it would surely be by their fellow Norwegians, Gorgoroth. Gorgoroth was formed in 1992 by guitarist, Roger Tiegs, who took the stage name, "Infernus," who was inspired to start the band after making "a pact with the devil." He recruited a vocalist named Hat, a bassist called Kjettar and a drummer with the almost amusing moniker, Goat Pervertor and together they recorded the first Gorgoroth demo, "A Sorcery Written in Blood" in 1993, which helped gain them front page attention from, Firda, one of the major Norwegian newspapers, which was formed in the bands home county of Sogn og Fjordane.
The exposure almost certainly helped the band sign their first record contract soon afterwards, when they partnered with Embassy Productions to release their debut album, "Pentagram." The record received extra credibility for featuring Emperor member, Samoth handling the bass duties and was received quite well amongst both music critics and black metal fans. Shortly after the release of the album, drummer Goat Pervertor left the band and was replaced by Satyricon skinsman, Frost, who joined in time to perform with Gorgoroth at their very first live appearance, which was part of a four day black metal festival featuring such other bands as Enslaved, Marduk and Dark Funeral, who were also performing their first gig. This appearance was followed by further gigs with Enslaved before returning to the studio to record their sophomore album, "Antichrist," which was released once again to a mostly positive response. More...
Gorgoroth has checked in with the following brief update about recording a new full-length album:
"The recording of the next Gorgoroth album 'Instinctus Bestialis' was completed in December 2013, and mixing of the album will begin this month. The album contains 8 tracks, and the recording line-up was: Atterigner (vocals), Infernus (guitars), Bøddel (bass) and Asklund (drums)."
The band brought on Atterigner in 2012 after the departure of former vocalist Pest, and this new album will follow "Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt" (reviewed here) and "Under the Sign of Hell 2011."
Continuing in their efforts to fund the production of the "Lost Episode" of the Metal Evolution series, Banger Films is offering fans for the first time ever an extended cut of director Sam Dunn's interview with Norwegian black metal vocalist Gaahl, past member of Gorgoroth and currently with God Seed.
Gaahl's interview has been cited as one of the most compelling and entertaining interviews Sam Dunn has ever conducted. The video will be delivered digitally when the crowd funding campaign wraps up in mid-December.
In 2004 Sam, Scot, and the Banger Films crew traveled to Bergen, Norway to interview Gaahl for their groundbreaking documentary "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey." According to Dunn, "as the crew started to set up cameras, lights, etc... Gaahl insisted that everyone move to the wine cellar where the room is lit only by candlelight." What resulted is one of the most memorable interviews in the history of metal documentaries.
Banger Films has issued a call to arms to the global metal community to help make the "Lost Episode" of the Metal Evolution series by means of a crowd funding campaign on IndieGoGo. For just $5.00 fans can pre-order the episode which will be delivered to them via secure e-mail link once the production is finished. There are other campaign perks available as well, such as the opportunity to have renowned artist Vince Locke design an exclusive custom tattoo and have Banger Films cover the ink costs. For more information and to find out how you can help make this episode happen visit this location.
Norwegian black metal veterans Gorgoroth have announced that vocalist, Pest, has been fired from the band with immediate effect after he refused to make the band his top priority. The band will still be honouring its touring comittments however. A message from the group reads as follows:
"Out of respect for and loyalty to Gorgoroth's audience and collaborators, Infernus (guitar) has kicked Pest out of the band, effective immediately. This after Pest informed the band that he would not be prioritizing doing the upcoming Latin American tour after all, just two weeks before the band was set to depart for Brazil.
"Infernus has decided that the tour will go on as planned, though, and Hoest of Taake will replace Pest as vocalist on the tour starting on September 7th.
"As for the next Gorgoroth studio album, Instinctus Bestalis, vocal duties will be handled by a Serbian Satanist known as Atterigner, of the band Triumfall (Forces of Satan Records)."
Keep of Kalessin has issued the following announcement about heading to Brazil for upcoming tour dates:
"It's finally official! Keep Of Kalessin is coming to Brasil for the first time ever!! We are so excited about this as we know we have many fans there and the South American audience is always amazing!"
The dates are as follows:
With Gorgoroth, Keep Of Kalessin, Autopsy
07.09 – Belo Horizonte/MG (Brasil) Music Hall
8.09 – São Paulo/SP (Brasil) @ Carioca Club
With Gorgoroth, Keep Of Kalessin
09.09 – Recife/PE (Brasil) @ Clube Atlântico de Olinda
10.09 – Porto Alegre/RS (Brasil) @ Beco
Gorgoroth will return to South America in September of 2012 for a tour of Brazil, Colombia, and Ecuador, with further details to be announced soon. The currently revealed tour routing is as follows:
06.09.2012 - Brazil, TBA
07.09.2012 - Brazil, Belo Horizonte/MG @ Music Hall
08.09.2012 - Brazil, São Paulo/SP @ Carioca Club
09.09.2012 - Brazil, TBA
10.09.2012 - Brazil, Porto Alegre/RS @ Beco
12.09.2012 - Colombia, Medellin @ TBA
13.09.2012 - Colombia, Cali @ TBA
14.09.2012 - Colombia, Bogota @ TBA
15.09.2012 - Ecuador, Quito @ TBA More...
Infernus of Norwegian black metal act Gorgoroth has checked in with the following announcement about the band not embarking on an expected European tour this May:
"As many of you may have noticed, there has been no official statement from Gorgoroth confirming a European tour in May 2012, despite the fact that there have been several listings for such a tour on various non-band related websites, and there have even been tickets available for some of the supposed shows.
"Since January 2012 we have intended to go on a 21-24 concert May tour of the UK, Germany, Slovenia, Poland, Hungary, Austria, etc. And we have gone through a long process where ASP Concerts & Tourbooking (represented by Marcus Schreiber) were supposed to book this tour. It has been a nightmare process from day one, as Marcus Schreiber has shown a massive amount of both ill will and lack of ability in regards to arranging this in a professional and believable fashion.
"I have waited as long as I possibly could in the hopes that this project would be possible to go through with after all, but after today it was clear to me that we have no other choice but to make a statement where we confirm that there will be no European tour in May 2012. This is of course very regrettable for the band, for the local promoters who have got involved in this mess, and for all those who wanted to see us perform in May. For this I am sorry. It was a mistake ignoring other people's warnings about working with ASP and Marcus Schreiber. Both booking companies and other bands have warned us against this. We will never again work with him, and would not recommend anyone else to do so either.
"To our audience: Do NOT buy tickets for any Gorgoroth concert in May 2012. These concerts will not take place. If you have already done so, you should check with the local promoter or ticket vendor for a refund."
Gorgoroth has checked in with the following tour recap and announcement about upcoming live shows:
"Gorgoroth's 38 show European tour of November and December 2011 was a great success for the band, and we wish to thank the audience and also the local promoters for the warm welcome we received. Check out the tour report from Sheol Magazine here. A 6-page tour report can also be found in the February 2012 issue of the Norwegian magazine Alfa.
"We are currently looking into the possibility of doing another European tour as early as May 2012. More information on this when things are confirmed. Gorgoroth will also be featured in Norwegian metal magazine Helvete Magazine's January-March 2012 issue.
"After a press conference in São Paulo last week, we are now pleased to announce that Gorgoroth will also return to Brazil in September 2012. A total of five concerts are planned. Hopefully this tour will also include other Latin American countries. More information will be announced at a later stage."
06.09.12 - TBA
07.09.12 - Belo Horizonte
08.09.12 - São Paulo
09.09.12 - TBA
10.09.12 - Porto Alegre
Adimiron has posted a podcast online detailing the band's time support Vader and Gorgoroth on the "Sign of Hell" European tour in 2011. The clip is available below, and the band also commented:
"Podcast #3 finally online. If you're wondering how touring with Gorgoroth and Vader was...then check it out! Next European shows coming soon, stay tuned!"
Back in 2005, Dimmu Borgir was a band still basking in the unholy success of its latest outing “Death Cult Armageddon.” And yet instead of launching into a new opus for fans to consume the band members decided on a new approach; they would re-release an early and often praised album (“Stormblåst”) by completely re-recording it, updating the sound with modern production and slap “MMV” on the end. There had of course been prior examples of bands making this choice, but it was perhaps here that best truly crystallized the new era of metal re-recordings. No doubt you have heard of similar re-recordings in the same vein, perhaps most recently Gorgoroth’s “Under the Sign of Hell 2011” or Burzum’s “From the Depths of Darkness”? Perhaps not, but that’s what I aim to uncover for you here. More...
The former lead vocalist of Gorgoroth and God Seed, Kristian Espedal, perhaps known better by his alias, "Gaahl," has been confirmed to appear in a new Norwegian action film entitled, "Flukt," (which means, "Escape" in English.)
Gaahl will portray the character Grim in the film, which is being directed by Roar Uthaug and is expected to be released in Norway in October 2012. The movie stars famed Norwegian actress Ingrid Bolsø Berdal in the role of Dagmar, the leader of a group of outlaws living in the Norwegian mountains in the 1300s.
More information on "Flukt" will be revealed as soon as it becomes available.
Somehow humanity managed to avoid the apocalypse yet again yesterday, but just because a zombie Armageddon or nuclear holocaust didn’t occur doesn’t mean anybody has to get out of the proper Halloween mood. We already took a tour through some of the most over-the-top and bombastic horror themed videos last week, so this time around we’ll head into a bit darker territory. Today let’s give the devil and all his children their proper due…
Opeth – “The Devil’s Orchard”
One of the best cuts off Opeth’s latest album “Heritage” and among the best clips in a history of less-than-stellar music videos from the Swedish titans, “The Devil’s Orchard” may be a tale of the devil ascending to rule the world while bringing madness and terror in his wake. Or it might be about a dude in bell bottoms who only listens to vinyl going on a crazy acid trip. But whatever, it’s got the vibe of an old school devil flick, and that’s exactly what we’re looking for.
Adimiron will join the last part of the "Sign of Hell Tour 2011," supporting the black metal masters Gorgoroth and the legendary Vader during the first two weeks of December. Details are as follows:
06.12.2011 (MAC) Skopje / Havana
08.12.2011 (SLO) Ljubljana / Menza Pri Koritu
09.12.2011 (ITA) Roma / Init Club
10.12.2011 (ITA) Pinarella di Cervia / Rockplanet
11.12.2011 (FR) Montpellier / Secret Place
13.12.2011 (POR) Porto / Hard Club
14.12.2011 (POR) Lisboa / Cine Teatro Corroios
15.12.2011 (SP) Sevilla / Fanatic
16.12.2011 (SP) Valencia / Rock City
17.12.2011 (SP) Barcelona / Mephisto
Vader has checked in with the following update about the band's upcoming "The Sign of Hell" tour with Gorgoroth and Valkyrja:
"The Sign Of Hell Tour 2011 with Gorgoroth, Vader, and Valkyrja and their guests is getting closer! We start the tour with a show in Berlin on November 1st and visit Rostock the on next day. The following shows go as previously announced. There was a change of club in Goteborg - we will play in Parken instead of Musiken Hus.
"There are also some new shows added to the schedule - we give a show in Plymouth (UK) and Hengelo (the Netherlands). We will also visit Prague (the Czech Republic), Kosice (Slovakia), Skopje (Macedonia) and Novi Sad (Serbia).
"Unfortunately, we won't play in Budapest and Grenoble. Soon we will provide you with the names of bands supporting the main line-up of our tour. During 'The Sign Of Hell Tour 2011' the bands will promote their newest albums: Gorgoroth's 'Under The Sign Of Hell,' Vader's great received 'Welcome To The Morbid Reich' (Nuclear Blast) and Valkyrja's 'Contamination' (Metal Blade)!"