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Formed: 1992
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.

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Verdict Reached In Regain Records Lawsuit

Update: The authenticity of this information has come under fire and new statements have been released by both Regain Records and God Seed. The new statements can be viewed here.

The official God Seed MySpace page has been updated with the following statement regarding former Gorgoroth members King and Gaahl's lawsuit against Regain Records:

"On December 17, 2009, authorities in Malmø, Sweden decided in favor of King and Gaahl in their case brought against Regain Records for the unauthorized release of Gorgoroth's 'Live in Grieghallen' album. Regain Records has been found to have broken their contract with King/Gaahl on numerous accounts, has been forbidden by the courts to sell this album in the future and has been ordered to pay all legal costs and compensation in the case.

"In anticipation of the verdict, Regain Records filed bankruptcy to Lund Tingsrett in Sweden and was declared bankrupt on December 8, 2009 (Regain Records and Entertainment AB corporate identity number 556689-1825). Peter Överman from Ackordcentralen, Sweden is named as liquidator and is now working on getting an overview of Regain's financial situation as well as handling the claims from Gaahl and King on unpaid royalties, among other claims."

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Gorgoroth Confirmed For Brutal Assault Festival

Norwegian black metallers Gorgoroth have announced they will be performing at the Brutal Assault Festival in the Czech Republic this summer. The festival takes place from August 12th -14th, 2010. More info about the Brutal Assault Festival can be found at this location.

The other confirmed bands for the festival include: Cannibal Corpse, Catamenia, Children Of Bodom, Converge, Demonic Resurrection, Despised Icon, Devin Townsend, Devourment, Diablo Swing Orchestra, Dying Fetus, Gojira, Graveworm, Gwar, Hypnos, Ihsahn, Ill Nino, Kylesa, Kypck, Lock Up, Mnemic, Monstrosity, My Dying Bride, Napalm Death, Necrophagist, Origin, Rotten Sound, Sarke, Sepultura, Sigh, Sybreed, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Trail Of Tears.

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Gorgoroth Attempts To Stop Bootleg Album

In a recent message from Gorgoroth guitarist Infernus, a warning was issued to the band's fans that a bootleg album entitled, "Forces Of Satan Storms" could be released. The post reads as follows:

"According to several major online retailers, a new Gorgoroth CD called Forces Of Satan Storms is supposed to be released on January 26th, by a company called IMV Blueline. This has understandably led to some confusion, as no such release has been announced on the official Gorgoroth website. I would therefore like to make it clear to all that this CD is to be considered a bootleg, as it has not been sanctioned by the band. Also, to the best of my knowledge, this CD has been successfully stopped and will not be released at all."

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Gorgoroth Reveals Opening Bands For European Tour

GORGOROTH (nor) has announced that GRAVDAL (nor) will support them on their upcoming European tour with KEEP OF KALESSIN. The tour dates are as follows:

09.04.2010 - Belgium, Vosselaar @ Biebob
10.04.2010 - Holland, Rotterdam @ Baroeg
11.04.2010 - France, Paris @ Trabendo
12.04.2010 - Germany, Hamburg @ Marx
13.04.2010 - Germany, Cologne @ Underground
14.04.2010 - Germany, Ludwigsburg @ Rockfabrik
15.04.2010 - Italy, Milan @ Magazzini Generali
16.04.2010 - Germany, Osnabrück @ N8
17.04.2010 - Germany, Glauchau @ Alte Spinnerei

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Gorgoroth Confirmed For Ragnorak Festival

Gorgoroth have announced they will be co-headlining the seventh Ragnarok Festival, which is set to take place at Ostbayernhalle in Rieden/Kreuth, Germany, from the 29th of April to the 1st of May, 2010. More information on the festival can be found at this location. Other confirmed bands for the festival include Agathodaimon, Akrea, Arkona, Belphegor, Carach Angren, Ctulu, Equilibrium, Grailknights, Hollenthon, Obscurity, Varg, Vreid, and more.

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Gorgoroth Confirmed For Summer Breeze Fest

Norwegian black metallers Gorgoroth have been confirmed for the Summer Breeze Festival in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. The festival will take place on August 19th - 21st, 2010. More information about the festival can be found here.

Other confirmed bands for the festival include: 1340, Ahab, Anathema, Barren Earth, Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, Dark Funeral, Dark Tranquillity, Despised Icon, Dying Fetus, Gwar, Kylesa, Pantheon I, Obituary, Sepultura, Solstafir, The Crown, and more.

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Gorgoroth Confirmed For Tomahawk Festival

Gorgoroth have announced they will be performing at the Tomahawk Festival in Germany, Hamm, Alfred Fischer Halle on March 13th, 2010. More information on the Tomahawk Festival can be found at this location. Gorgoroth also has the following upcoming European tour dates:

09.04.2010 - Belgium, Vosselaar @ Biebob
10.04.2010 - Holland, Rotterdam @ Baroeg
11.04.2010 - France, Paris @ Trabendo
12.04.2010 - Germany, Hamburg @ Marx
13.04.2010 - Germany, Cologne @ Underground
14.04.2010 - Germany, Ludwigsburg @ Rockfabrik
15.04.2010 - Italy, Milan @ Magazzini Generali
16.04.2010 - Germany, Osnabrück @ N8
17.04.2010 - Germany, Glauchau @ Alte Spinnerei

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Ov Hell Reveals New Album Details

Ov Hell, the new band from Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir) and King (God Seed, I, Sahg, ex-Gorgoroth) has completed work on the band's first studio album. "The Underworld Regime" is due in early February 2010 via Indie Recordings. The tracks were recorded at Earshot Studio and feature Shagrath on vocals, King on bass, Frost (Satyricon) on drums, Ice Dale (Enslaved) on guitar, and Teloch (Nidingr, God Seed) on guitar.

"The Underworld Regime" was produced by Herbrand Larsen and mastered in Livingroom studios by Espen Berg and Shagrath, under the influence of the swine flu and Streptococcus, November 2009. King wrote all of the music for the album, while Shagrath wrote all lyrics with contributions from Silenoz and Sarah Owens. The Underworld Regime track listing is as follows:

1. Devil’s Harlot
2. Post Modern Sadist
3. Invoker
4. Perpetual Night
5. Ghosting
6. Acts of Sin
7. Krigsatte Faner
8. Hill Norge

Two rough-mix sample tracks from "The Underworld Regime" can be heard on the band's MySpace page.

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Gorgoroth Announces European Tour

Gorgoroth have announced they will embark on a European mini-tour in April 2010 in support of their latest album "Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt." The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

09.04.2010 - Belgium, Vosselaar @ Biebob
10.04.2010 - Holland, Rotterdam @ Baroeg
11.04.2010 - France, Paris @ Trabendo
12.04.2010 - Germany, Hamburg @ Marx
13.04.2010 - Germany, Cologne @ Underground
14.04.2010 - Germany, Ludwigsburg @ Rockfabrik
15.04.2010 - Italy, Milan @ Magazzini Generali
16.04.2010 - Germany, Osnabrück @ N8
17.04.2010 - Germany, Glauchau @ Alte Spinnerei

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Shagrath and King Announce New Band, Ov Hell

Out of Norway's biggest and darkest metal bands rises Ov Hell. This group of Satan’s all-stars has been sharpening their teeth in some of black metal's most influential bands for many years. Known as key figures in bands such as Dimmu Borgir and Gorgoroth, Shagrath and King have come together to bring forward a new chapter in Norwegian black metal history. Ov Hell will carry on in the same tradition for which King and Shagrath are known, but the collaboration between the two will mark a new era for them both.

Frost (Satyricon, 1349), Ice Dale (Enslaved, I) and Teloch (Nidingr, God Seed, 1349) have been recruited for the first full-length release. The album will contain all of the power and blast beats worthy of their evil pedigrees.

King comments: "The first Ov Hell release will contain music I've worked on in my Gorgoroth and God Seed years. It's been a little hell to actually see this music form into a band, so the name of the band is quite suitable. Through the first song I got from Shagrath I knew that he would be the perfect man to join forces with. He has strong individual qualities and a strong will to power. I am very positive that when we finish up this album it will be an album that won't sound like anything we have done before, and with a quality that won't stand back from anything presented in black metal earlier!"

Shagrath comments: “With both of our demanding music careers and other projects, timing was not on our side. After last years inferno festival, King and I yet again joined forces to brainstorm our need to collaborate our passion for dark art. Over the course of the past year, King sent me demo ideas that were so inspiring it made me put my skeptic feelings aside. I wasn't sure if I wanted to have another Black Metal project but my unquenchable thirst to explore my darkest beast, launched the birth Ov Hell. The majestic Ov Hell has become a band that reflects our roots, raw, ugly, arrogantly blasphemous with uncompromising truth from two influential Norwegian musicians needing to express our primitive side, straight out Ov Hell.”

Two new tracks, "Devil's Harlot" and "Ghosting" from the yet untitled upcoming album, have been uploaded to the band's MySpace.

Studio Line-up:
Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir, Chrome Division) - vocals
King (God Seed, Gorgoroth, Jotunspor, I, Sahg, Audrey Horne) - bass
Ice Dale (Enslaved, I, Audrey Horne, Trinacria, Demonaz) - guitar
Frost (Satyricon, 1349) - drums
Teloch (Nidingr, God Seed, 1349, Umoral) – guitar.

Ov Hell online:
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/ovhell
Twitter: http://twitter.com/OvHell
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/ovhell666
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ov-HELL/139170130877

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Gorgoroth Offering New Album Samples

Gorgoroth has issued the following update about offering samples of the songs "Aneuthanasia" and "Prayer" from their upcoming album as free downloads:

"The official Gorgoroth website has now been completely redesigned and updated, and to mark this occasion a second sample from the forthcoming album 'Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt' has been made available for download in the Discography section."

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Enthroned Announces New Lineup

Enthroned has issued the following update regarding their recent lineup changes:

"Nguaroth & Ahephaim decided to part ways with Enthroned due to a lack of time and availability, their future plans couldn't match with the writing - recording and touring schedules of the band."

"Enthroned would like to salute the dedication both members showed and fulfilled during these last years!" More...

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Gorgoroth Comments On Hole In The Sky Festival

Infernus of Gorgoroth has issued the following recap of their recent appearance at the Hole In The Sky Festival in Norway:

"I am pleased to confirm that all went very well at the show in Bergen, Norway, last saturday. We performed the longest set ever in the history of the band, and the local crew and the organization did a great job making the event run as according to our will as it did. We also enjoyed the chance to get to perform on the same stage as the legendary Virgina doom act, Pentagram. Thank you. Above all - thank you to the dedicated crowd attending. Sorry for keeping you waiting two years for this.

"Now, let that be made clear, there is more to come. The next confirmed show will be in Trondheim, October 19th, and there will be other live activities added later on. Further info will be announced on an updated the Gorgoroth website soon."

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Gorgoroth Announces Norwegian Tour Date

Gorgoroth has issued the following update about a live performance in Norway:

"Following the now sold out headlining concert at the Hole in the Sky festival in Bergen on August 29, 2009, Gorgoroth will also perform live in Trondheim, Norway, on October 19, 2009, at UKA 2009. This concert will coincide with the European release of the new Gorgoroth album, 'Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt', on October 21. More info on tickets etc. can be found here.

"In other news, there will be a new press listening of the upcoming Gorgoroth album 'Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt' in Bergen, Norway, on August 28, 2009, at 01:30 PM. Interested parties should contact Jarne Brauns at jarne@regainrecords.com to make arrangements. The album will also receive a limited edition picture disc vinyl release on Infernus' own label Forces of Satan Records. More info on this will be posted at a later time at the label's website."

The finalized track order for the album is:

1. Aneuthanasia
2. Prayer
3. Rebirth
4. Building a Man
5. New Breed
6. Cleansing Fire
7. Human Sacrifice
8. Satan-Prometheus
9. Introibo ad Alatare Satanas

A sample of the song "Prayer" is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.

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Excerpt of New Gorgoroth Song Posted Online

Regain Records has posted an excerpt of GORGOROTH's new song, "Prayer," on their MySpace player. The song is off their upcoming nineth album, "Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt," which will be released in Europe by Regain Records on October 21st and in the US on November 11th.

As previously reported, the tentative track listing for "Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt" is as follows:

1. Introibo ad Alatare Satanas
2. Aneuthanasia
3. Building a Man
4. Prayer
5. Rebirth
6. Cleansing Fire
7. New Breed
8. Human Sacrifice
9. Satan-Prometheus

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Headline News

Gaahl Retires From Music

Gaahl, former vocalist with Gorgoroth and most recently with God Seed, has decided to retire from the music scene. God Seed bass player King Ov Hell has stated that he is "freezing" the band at the moment as a result of Gaahl's decision. The future of the bands debut album remains uncertain at this point. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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Sulphur Signs To Dark Essence Records

Bergen, Norway based blackened death metal band SULPHUR has signed to Dark Essence Records for the release of their 2nd album, "Thorns In Existence."

Joining SULPHUR’s original line up of Thomas Skinlo Høyven on Vocals, Øyvind Madsen on Guitars, Keybords & Programming, and Eivind Huse on Guitars, are Erik Heggarnes (ex-Aeternus, ex-Gorgoroth, Bourbon Flame) on drums and Vegar Hovland on bass. The new album was produced by Bjørnar Nilsen at Conclave Studios, and will be released late this fall. More...

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Gorgoroth Finishes Recording New Album

Gorgoroth has issued the following announcement about finishing the recording for their upcoming album:

"The ninth Gorgoroth album, 'Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt', has now been completed. The album was recorded in Tomas Asklund's Monolith Studio, and features Infernus on guitars, Frank Watkins on bass, Pest on vocals and Tomas Asklund on drums. Since Infernus wrote all the music for the album and extensive rehearsals and a pre-recording had also been made before second guitarist Tormentor re-joined the band last year, it was decided that it would be more convenient for Infernus to record all the guitars on the album. The album is produced by Infernus and co-produced/engineered by Tomas Asklund. It will be mastered at Cutting Room Studios in Stockholm in July. It will be released in Europe by Regain Records on October 21st and in the US on November 11th."

The tentative track listing for "Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt" will be as follows:

1. Introibo ad Alatare Satanas
2. Aneuthanasia
3. Building a Man
4. Prayer
5. Rebirth
6. Cleansing Fire
7. New Breed
8. Human Sacrifice
9. Satan-Prometheus

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Hacride Confirmed For Hole In The Sky Fest 2009

Hacride have been confirmed for this year's edition of the Hole In The Sky festival (a.k.a. Bergen Metal Fest X), set to take place August 25-29 in Bergen, Norway.

The festival billing is now as follows:

Tuesday, August 25

SAHG
HACRIDE
KVELERTAK
DERIDE
KRAKOW More...

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Gorgoroth Re-Records Vocals For Upcoming Album

Gorgoroth has issued the following update about re-recording the vocals for the "True Norwegian Black Metal" album after the band's split with former vocalist Gaahl:

"TRUE NORWEGIAN BLACK METAL - ALBUM UPDATE

"Gorgoroth has recently spent time at Threeman Recordings in Stockholm with Nico Elgstrand (Entombed), where, among other things, Pest has successfully replaced the vocals for the 'True Norwegian Black Metal' album. Infernus has already consulted legal representatives regarding this album, and is prepared to support Regain Records in the label's ongoing legal conflict with two of the band's ex-members, if any such support is needed.

"Also, there is now an official Gorgoroth page on Facebook; this page can be found here."

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