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From: Bergen, Norway
Last Known Status: Active
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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Gorgoroth have been confirmed for the With Full Force Festival on July 2nd. Also note confirmed March dates in Belgium, France and Holland:
11.02.2005 - Oslo, Norway.
12.02.2005 - Hamar, Norway.
26.03.2005 - Antw., Belgium.
27.03.2005 - Paris, France.
28.03.2005 - Tilburg, Holland.
02.07.2005 - With Full Force.
In other news the drum tracks are complete for the upcoming album "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam". Project development forges forward steadily.
While Seasons of Mist will no be releasing the new album, they will be releasing the reissues of Gorgoroth classics "Pentagram", "Antichrist", and "Under The Sign Of Hell". Remastered and Repackaged in Deluxe Digipak, these albums previously available as imports document Gorgoroth's formative years. Scheduled release dates are slated for February 17th.
The French record label Season of Mist has issued the following statement:
"Despite negotiating for several months and despite all the rumors, Season of Mist and [Norwegian black metallers] GORGOROTH could not find a final agreement on their cooperation, both on a contractual and personal level. We nonetheless sincerely wish the band the best.
"Season of Mist is still handling the only official reissues remastered of [early GORGOROTH albums] 'Pentagram' , 'Antichrist'  and 'Under the Sign of Hell' , out now in limited digipack with guitar pick."
As previously reported, GORGOROTH entered Lydriket Studios in Norway on January 14 to begin laying down drum tracks for their new album, "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam".
"Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam" will contain eight tracks and is tentatively expected late spring/early summer through an as-yet-undisclosed label.
GORGOROTH were most recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records, who released the band's last three efforts: "Twilight of the Idols" (2003), "Incipit Satan" (2000) and "Destroyer" (1998).
Upcoming GORGOROTH shows:
Feb. 11 - John Dee - Oslo, NOR
Feb. 12 - Hydranten - Hamar, NOR
Gorgoroth's plans to go in studio have been delayed. Anticipated plans for studio time and recording schedules conflicted with an already booked timetable at Grieghallen Studios. The band will however lay down drum tracks for Gorgoroth's eagerly awaited and upcoming album "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam" at Lydriket Studios, on January 14th in it's stead.
Gorgoroth will enter Grieghallen studio 5th of January 2005 to start the recordings of the upcoming album "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam". The album will contain 8 tracks and the releasedate is still not set.
As previoously reported, Gorgoroth have inked a deal with the French label Season of Mist for the reissues of their first three albums in Europe: "Pentagram" (1994), "Antichrist" (1996) and "Under the Sign of Hell" (1997). All three will be re-released in January/February in a remastered, digipack version. It is not presently clear if Season of Mist will issue the band's upcoming CD.
Black metal band Gorgoroth have signed a deal with French record label Season of Mist to reissue their first three albums, "Pentagram", "Antichrist", and "Under the sign of Hell".
Gorgoroth has also ended their deal with Nuclear Blast who released their last 3 efforts, "Twilight of the Idols", "Incipit Satan", and "Destroyer".
Gorgoroth has issued the following tour report:
The recent Central American tour was very well visited and the fans [were] truly dedicated. Especially in San Salvador and Guatemala city, although the security in the first mentioned city should have been better. Mexico was also great, at least introductorily, but after a few gigs we [had] more and more problems with incompetence from the crew, poor organization and illness. This reached its climax under the last concert in Mexico city, where we, due to technical problems and lousy crew work, had to cancel the last five songs from the set. As a consequence of this we will replace the local oraganizator and come back stronger next time!
Gorgoroth, Pantheon I, Framferd and Lucid Fear have been confirmed for Hammerslag Festivalen, a new Norwegian black metal festival set to take place on the longest night of the year, on December 18, 2004, at an old church in Tønsberg, Norway.
Gorgoroth have inked a deal with the French label Season of Mist for the reissues of their first three albums: "Pentagram" (1994), "Antichrist" (1996) and "Under the Sign of Hell" (1997). All three will be re-released in January/February in a remastered, digipack version. It is not presently clear if Season of Mist will issue the band's upcoming CD, "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam", the songwriting for which was completed earlier in the year.
Gorgoroth were most recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records, who released the band's last three efforts: "Twilight of the Idols" (2003), "Incipit Satan" (2000) and "Destroyer" (1998).
Gorgoroth made the headlines in the major papers in Latin America after performing a show which created big riots in San Salvador. The audience got so extatic over the presence of the first black metal act visiting their country that the situation got totally out of control. The secutity and the police could not handle the people outside the venue so they had to call in the special forces "del cuerpo de Proteccion a Personalides Importantes" (PPI). When the PPI reached the venue the masses of people not getting a ticket for the already sold out show kicked in the entrancedoor and lots of fighting between the audience began. The audience started to kick in doors and toilets, several injuries occured and major damages to the venue. The PPI decided in the end to use gas on the audience to get the situation under control. When Gorgoroth entered the stage 30 security people had to be on stage preventing the audience to enter it. The fighting maintained through Gorgoroths performance and the PPI and the police had to hold the audience inside the venue with firearms to get the band in safety. Gorgoroth came from the incident without any injuries.
Pictures and links will come later (at gorgoroth.org)
Norwegian black metalllers Gorgoroth will be playing the only show anywhere close to the U.S. only minutes from San Diego at Box Underground (1500 Revolution Ave.) in Tijuana, Mexico on Friday, November 12. Also appearing on the bill will be Sadistic Intent, Infinitum Obscure and Sumeria. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show, and are available at Dark Realm Records (Downey, CA), Blue Meannie Records (El Cajon, CA) and Last Temptation (Tijuana, Mexico). A flyer for the show can be viewed at this location.
Gorgoroth have issued an update following the completion of their European Tour:
The European "Twilight of the Idols"- tour have been a great succsess. Lots of people showed up at the gigs and Gorgoroth broke the venuerecord at two venues. Besides the technical problems at the show in Osnabrück, Gorgoroth delivered great shows and Khoaz productions showed themself to be a serious and reliable company which Gorgoroth will continue to work with in the future. Gorgoroth and their support act 1349 had to cancel all the local support acts because of lack of time, technical problems and the need for getting the crew to function at its best. This created a show with unholy norwegian black metal from the beginning to the end. Just the way it is supposed to be. Hail Satan.
In other news Gorgoroth will participate in a canadian documentary about the history of metal along with bands like Metallica, Marilyn Manson, Slayer, Enslaved, Rage against the machine and others. This documentary will be shown on canadian television, film festivals and cinemas. Check back for further information.
GORGOROTH have announced the tour lineup. Dirge Rep (drums, Orcustus, ex- Enslaved, ex-Gehenna) and Teloch (guitars, Orcustus, Nidingr) will be session members for the upcoming European and Mexican tour.
Their mates from 1349, the band featuring Satyricon's drummer Frost, will be joing them as well. Updated list of gigs includes:
Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH have announced the first dates for their "Twilight of the Idols" European headlining tour. Support at all shows will come from 1349, the Norwegian group featuring SATYRICON drummer Frost.
Here are the "Twilight of the Idols" tour dates:
Oct. 01 - Bischofswerda, GER @ East Club
Oct. 02 - Osnabrück, GER @ Tor 3
Oct. 03 - Berlin, GER @ K 17
Oct. 04 - Munchen, GER @ Titanic City
Oct. 05 - Prague, CZR @ Black Pes
Oct. 06 - Nitra, SK @ Stara Peraken
Oct. 07 - Belgrade, SER @ Dom Oplanine
Oct. 08 - Budapest, HUN @ Mega Pub
Oct. 09 - Vienna, AUT @ Planet Music
Oct. 10 - Ljubljana, SLO @ Galahala Metelkoya
Oct. 11 - Aarau, SWI @ Kiff
Oct. 12 - Bochum, GER @ Matrix
In other news, GORGOROTH have revealed that it is still uncertain when the video footage recorded at the group's infamous gig in Krakow, Poland will be returned. The tapes, which were meant to be used for future DVD release, were confiscated by the local police after the band were accused of "offending religious feelings" during the early February concert. GORGOROTH were also suspected of breaching the Polish law on protection of animals by displaying the severed and impaled heads of sheep as part of their stage act.
The Polish prosecutor has asked the Norwegian police for help in questioning members of GORGOROTH in order to determine whether Article 196 of the Polish penal code (concerning offense to religious feelings) has been breached or not during the band's concert in Krakow. The maximum penalty for breaching the article is five years in prison.
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Gorgoroth have received many offers for a new record deal since parting ways with Nuclear Blast in April. They are currently discussing with the label which seems to be the best alternative. An update on this issue will be announced as if/when anything is signed.
As previously reported, Gorgoroth will have drummer auditions at the second half of August for a possible coming tour. The tour will hopefully take place in October with 1349. In November there is also planned a mini tour in Mexico.
Gaahl will appear on a live tribute gig in honour of legendary Quorthon of Bathory. The gig will be held at this years Hole in the Sky Festival, Saturday 28.8.2004.
Gorgoroth have now written new material for their upcoming album "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam". Where and when it will be recorded has yet to be decided.
Later this month Gorgoroth are having drummer auditions for the planned European tour this autumn, and an eventual album recording. More information about the tour and the outcome of the auditions will come.
GORGOROTH singer Gaahl is hoping that the Norwegian court will overturn the 18-month sentence he received in early May for beating a 41-year-old man in what the victim called a ritual attack. "Gaahl has appealed the sentence to the High Court — criminal division, but as these things take a long time here in Norway, nothing has happened yet," reads a posting on the band's web site.
The 28-year-old black metal vocalist, who has several prior convictions, including one for assault and battery, was sentenced at Sunnfjord court in Forde, Norway. In addition to the prison term, Gaahl was ordered to pay 75,000 NOK (approximately $11,000) to the victim, plus an additional 29,000 NOK (approximately $4,300) in damages.
The court's sentence matched the recommendation from prosecutor Ronny Iden, who took into account the fact that Gaahl had a prior conviction for assault. In that 2001 incident, Gaahl brutalized his victim for hours and was sentenced to one year in prison without the possibility of parole. In addition, he was ordered to pay 158,000 NOK (approximately $23,000) in punitive damages. "Two people have had their lives irreparably shattered by the defendant's actions," the court said in the written sentence.
Gaahl is one of the musicians tentatively scheduled to perform a selection of classic BATHORY songs during Norway's Hole In The Sky Festival in late August as a tribute to the group's mastermind Thomas "Quorthon" Forsberg, who passed away earlier this month. More...
A number of well-respected Norwegian black metal musicians will gather to perform a selection of classic BATHORY songs during Norway's Hole In The Sky Festival as a tribute to the group's mastermind Thomas "Quorthon" Forsberg, who passed away earlier this month. So far, the following musicians have been confirmed to take part in this special performance (in alphabetical order):
Apollyon (AURA NOIR)
Nocturno Culto (DARKTHRONE)
Samoth (ZYKLON, ex-EMPEROR)
The Hole in the Sky organizers have "the utmost respect for all the musicians lending their valuable time to make this a memorable event in the memory of Quorthon and his work of brilliance," according to an official press release. A portion of the profits from the festival — which is scheduled to be held August 25-28, 2004 at three different venues in Bergen, Norway — will be donated to Black Mark Records, the label owned by Quorthon's father, Börje Forsberg.
Commented Samoth: "Needless to say, Quorthon and his mighty BATHORY had a huge impact on me as a musician and definitely sparked my fascination for black metal in the early days. It was sad to hear of his early death. Quorthon was already a legend for years, and left behind an epic testimony blood, fire and death! May he rule among the gods of Valhalla!"
The singer of the Norwegian black metal band accused of "offending religious feelings" during a concert in Poland last weekend has rejected accusations that the group had breached the Polish law on protection of animals by displaying the severed and impaled heads of sheep as part of their stage act.
The concert, which took place at the studio of a local TV station, "was never meant to reach the media," GORGOROTH vocalist Gaahl told the NRK newspaper. "Producers Metal Mind [who were filming the concert for a future live DVD] bought the sheep heads at a butcher shop. We weren't involved in animal-torture of any kind."
As previously reported, in addition to facing possible animal-cruelty charges, the members of GORGOROTH are suspected of having breached article 196 of the Polish penal code concerning offense to religious feelings, according to Miroslawa Kalinowska-Zajdak, a spokesperson for the public prosecutor in Krakow. The maximum penalty for breaching the article is five years in prison.
A TV station in Krakow, which complained about the performance, had acquired broadcasting rights for the show, Kalinowska-Zajdak said, adding that the prosecutor might ask for Norwegian help in questioning group members. Gaahl- the singer of GORGOROTH is no stranger to the Norwegian penal system, having previously been convicted three times for various acts of violence, according to the newspaper Bergens Tidende. More...
"A prosecutor in Poland has launched an investigation into whether a concert by the black metal band GORGOROTH has breached the country's law protecting religion. The Norwegian band are suspected of having sent a hateful and offensive message with their performance Sunday (Feb. 1) at the Krakow studios of Polish Television.
The show, which was to be filmed for an upcoming DVD, featured two naked women (with hoods over their heads) and one naked man, all of them "crucified" and covered in sheep blood, a number of sheep heads on spikes and sheep entrails thrown all over the stage, as well as approximately 80 liters of fresh sheep blood. During the performance, which was attended by an audience of 300, one of the models reportedly fainted from the lack of oxygen. The TV show's producers, who were not briefed in advance about the nature of the concert, were said to "shocked" by the activities on stage. The manager of the studio, Andrzej Jeziorek, notified the police and the recorded footage was confiscated by the authorities as evidence of a possible crime. More...