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Formed: 1992
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.

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Gorgoroth To Have First Three Albums Re-Issued

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).

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Gorgoroth Causes Riots In El Salvador

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)

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Gorgoroth: Closest Show To The U.S. Next Friday

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.

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Gorgoroth Issue Post-Tour Update

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.

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Gorgoroth Announce Tour Lineup

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:

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Gorgoroth Announce European Tour Dates

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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Just For Fun

Top 10 Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics

Ruthless Reviews scribe Mike From Hobart has compiled a list of the "Top Ten Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics Of All Time," which includes such bands as Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Old Man's Child and Satyricon.

Check out the list and pics here.

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Gorgoroth Shopping For New Record Deal

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.

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Gorgoroth Write New Material, Audition Drummers

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.

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Gorgoroth Singer Appeals Sentence

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...

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Black Metal Elite To Pay Tribute To Quorthon

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):

Abbath (ex-IMMORTAL)
Apollyon (AURA NOIR)
Faust (ex-EMPEROR)
Nocturno Culto (DARKTHRONE)

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!"

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Gorgoroth Singer Denies Cruelty To Animals

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...

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Gorgoroth Investigated For Performance In Poland

"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...

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Gorgoroth's Risky Show...Pictures Online

A bunch of photos and video clips from GORGOROTH's controversial gig in Krakow, Poland last Sunday (Feb. 1) have been posted online at this and this location. Also available is an XviD file containing a report from the biggest Polish TV news magazine.

As previously reported, a prosecutor in Poland has launched an investigation into whether GORGOROTH's concert in Krakow breached the country's law protecting religion. The Norwegian band are suspected of having sent a hateful and offensive message with their performance, which was to have been filmed for a future DVD release.

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Gorgoroth Preparing Live DVD

Gorgoroth are preparing a live DVD which will be released next year. It will be recorded in Poland / Krakow and you can look forward to an amazing live show, unique bonus material and interviews. "We have a big thing going on in Poland this month-DVD production, with lots of pyro, gallons of blood, live crucifixion, nude models used and abused in the name of satan" says Infernus.

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Gorgoroth Move Their Website

Gorgoroth have relocated their website to http://www.gorgoroth.org. The former website (www.gorgoroth.com) has been down for a while of various reasons, and so the band has moved over to a .org address. Check it out!

In other Gorgorth news, Gaahl is still awaiting trial after the proceedings in October were postponed due to the prosecutor's health conditions. He is on trial for "unordinary vile use of violence" - If convicted he faces up to 6 years in jail.

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