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Formed: 1992
From: Bergen, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Gorgoroth News

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 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

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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:


"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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Gorgoroth Issues Band Update

Gorgoroth has issued the following update about upcoming live shows and a new album:

"After a two-year absence from the live arena, Gorgoroth will once again perform their Satanic rituals on stage on August 29, 2009. Gorgoroth will then headline the last night of the 10th anniversary Hole in the Sky Metal Festival in Bergen, Norway, with none other than US doom legends Pentagram as co-headliners! More info on the festival can be found at www.holeinthesky.no. This exclusive Gorgoroth concert will be held in tribute of the band's former drummer Erik 'Grim' Brødreskift (1966-1999). The setlist will include classic songs from the legendary 'Pentagram' album - not played live for 12 years - and perhaps also brand new material from the upcoming album, 'Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt'. If and when any other Gorgoroth live appearances this summer are confirmed, they will be made public here on the official website.

"The recording of Gorgoroth's new studio album 'Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt' is progressing according to schedule, with a tentative October 2009 release date. The album will be released by Regain Records.

"A new official Gorgoroth MySpace profile is now under construction, and can be found here."

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Gaahl Comments On Signing With Indie Recordings

More comments have been made on both sides of the camp regarding God Seed's recent signing to Indie Recordings. The label commented:

"Through the last years we've worked with King & Gaahl in many different bands and projects such as. Gorgoroth, Trelldom, Sahg, Audrey Horne and Wardruna. The quality of their work has always been outstanding, and we welcome this opportunity to once again work with them – this time building something new together. The as-yet-untitled God Seed album will be released late 2009. The album has been in the making for some time already, and continues the already established path of King and Gaahl in a natural, yet progressive way.

"The new material sounds great and we are truly looking forward to be a part of their new musical carrier through God Seed."

In a press statement King comments the signing and the upcoming album:

"I have high hopes for the future signing to Indie Recordings. Gaahl and I have had various negative experiences with labels in the past, but feel confident that we have made the right choice this time. Indie Recordings consists of people we have worked with in the past and they have shown 100% professionalism. They have proven to take care and bring the best out of the bands on their roster. The fact that they are a Norwegian label and not a Swedish label makes me even more optimistic for the future!!"

God Seed's studio line up is as follows:

Vocals - Gaahl
Bass - King
Drums – Frost (Satyricon, 1349)
Guitar – Ice Dale (Enslaved, I, Audrey Horne)
Guitar – Telloch (Nidingr, Umoral)

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Band Lineup Confirmed For Unholy Fest 2009

The Unholy Fest will take place between July 23 - 25 in Ostrava, Czech Republic at two different venues.

The currently confirmed line up and schedule is as follows:

7/23 at CAS Arena: Cradle of Filth, Cryptopsy, Silva Nigra, Inferno, Alastor, Demonical, Horna, Grave

7/24 at Skalka Sportovni Arena: Satyricon, Enslaved, Amon Amarth, Gorgoroth, Hell United, Vesna, Blood Red Throne, Furia, Shining, Taake, Desulotry, Entombed, Asphyx, Infernal War, Enclave

7/25 at Skalka Sportovni Arena: Mayhem, Dark Funeral, Impaled Nazarene, Nefarium, Rasta, Massemord, Koldbrann, Hate, The No-Mads, Urgehal, Desaster, Root, Primarl Fear, Moonspell, 1349, North, Holy Moses

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Ex-Gorgoroth Members Reveal New Band, God Seed

Former Gorgoroth members Gaahl and King Ov Hell has announced that they will now be using the moniker of God Seed. The band has also signed to Indie Recordings and will be releasing their debut album in the later part of this year. King Ov Hell states: "The past 18 months has been a struggle on many levels. Therefore I’m very excited about God Seed - even on a personal level. Hopefully this will lead to growth to me personally and for the band as a whole. It’s time to use my energy on something that wants to live, rather than to use my energy on something that wants to die and be part of my past!!!"

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Infernus Wins Gorgoroth Trademark Case

A decision has been reached in the case regarding who is entitled to use the band name Gorgoroth between guitarist Infernus and previous members Gaahl and King Ov Hell.

Oslo City District Court has today (Tuesday, March 10th) delivered a verdict on the main question in the Gorgoroth trademark case, which took place at the end of January 2009.

The court has decided that King Ov Hell's trademark registration #243365 of the band name Gorgoroth is NOT valid and shall therefore be deleted. More...

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Gorgoroth Comments On Show Cancellation

The Gaahl fronted version of Gorgoroth has issued the following statement about a recent show being canceled:

"Gorgoroth was set to headline Frostbite Festival in Lahti, Finland this past Saturday with full-blown production, however, due to weather conditions in Oslo, we were forced to cancel. Mayhem and Cradle of Filth had to cancel their shows the same day as well. We apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused people who traveled from all corners of the world to witness this special event."

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Gorgoroth Trial Details Revealed

RevolverMag.com has issued the following update about the recent trial between the members of Gorgoroth over who will take the band's name:

"The two-day trial over the Gorgoroth band name took place January 28 through 30 in Oslo, Norway. The trial involved vocalist Gaahl, bassist King ov Hell, and recently departed guitarist Infernus. Infernus claimed that King had gone behind his back and applied for trademark protection on the Gorgoroth name and logo, which he’d been using since 1992."

The witnesses called to the stand include:

• Torgrim Øyre (former Gorgoroth member, booking manager at Hole In The Sky Festival)
• Anders Odden (ex-Celtic Frost, Cadaver Inc.)
• Tormentor (former Gorgoroth member, now member of the Infernus lineup)
• Espen Solheim Røhne (Norwegian distributor Indie Distribution, who has sided with Gaahl and King Ov Hell)
• Per Gyllenbäck (Regain Records, who has sided with Infernus)
• Asbjørn Slettemark (from Norwegian music industry magazine Faro Journalen)
• Gro Narvestad (Inferno Festival)

Read the full article at RevolverMag.com.

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New Wardruna Interview and E-Card Online

Warduna's debut album "Runaljod - Gap Var Ginnunga" will be released this upcoming Monday, January 19th. Singer, Gaahl found time to speak to Dutch television about his participation on the album on his current Gorgoroth tour. You can watch the interview below.

You can preorder and prelisten to the Wardruna album on their newly released e-card. More...

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Asrai Issues Post-Tour Report

Freshly back from the Darkest Tour with CRADLE OF FILTH, GORGOROTH, MOONSPELL and SEPTICFLESH, Dutch goth metallers ASRAI wrote the following report of this European tour that took place in December, ending in an unexpected way:

"We were looking forward to this tour for a long time. Finally the Darkest Tour kicked off on Monday December 1st. Early in the morning together with our tour manager and driver we headed in our van to London, where we would meet everybody and go on the tour bus. Everything went well from Calais to Dover, until we got stuck in traffic. And soon we heard that we were not the only ones... Time was not our friend, so when we heard that there was a possibility that one of the bands couldn't play we drove like maniacs through the streets of London. We arrived with adrenaline rushing though our veins, although it didn't help us much... We heard that one band couldn't play... And in this case it was us... Well at least we had all the time to watch all the shows and enjoyed being there.

"So when after the shows finally 52 people and all the stuff found their way in four tour busses, one truck and a trailer we were ready to go to Paris... Peter brought back our van, ready to meet us at 013. After a bumpy ride we woke up in Paris, with one eye open we saw the Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre and it was time to get up... First we drove straight up to a parking space near the Seine, so there was enough room at the Bataclan to unload the truck. After a glance at the Seine we went back to the bus, up to the Bataclan, where a queue was waiting. The venue was beautiful and the breakfast was nice and more than welcome, giving everybody the time to know one another. Hard work to set everything up on time but it was all worth it. The audience was great and it was nice to finally meet the people from SOM. More...

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Ex-Necrophobic Guitarist Working On New Material

Ex-Necrophobic guitarist David Parland has created a new MySpace page detailing a new project he is working on. He issued the following statement:

"To begin with, the main reason with this Myspace website is of course nothing other than to provide you with information about what I am up to...

Since I literally have been out of the scene for some good time and living under a rock (wasting even my own creativity and a lot of time), I for some strange reason feel NOW is the time to restart everything. Why exactly now I do not know, but I work on 'if it feels right...it is right.'

So the main reason for me reaching out again right now is because of the new music band/project I am creating. This is right now in the making. There is sadly not too much I can reveal at this moment, other than 1) it will be a return to more of a Death metal style with Black and Thrash metal influences. but it will be brutal and Catchy and very melodic. 2) Tomas Asklund (ex.DARK FUNERAL/DISSECTION/INFERNAL is the drummer and other core member, and right now we are in the songwriting process).

We will put up excerpts from the coming demo here in a couple of weeks, so check back later for this. This will be followed by an album in late 2009, with around 8-9 tracks. More...

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Book Examines Link Between Spirituality and Metal

A new book entitled "The Spiritual Significance of Music: Metal Edition" has recently been released by editor Justin St. Vincent examining the connection between spirituality and metal music. The bands referenced in the book include Angelcorpse, Asva, Blackmass, Breed 77, Brujeria, Cannibal Corpse, Dawn Of Azazel, Enslaved, Enthroned, Evocation, Faith No More, Fantômas, Gorgoroth, Hatesphere, Metal Church, My Dying Bride, Napalm Death, Pitchshifter, Purgatory, Requiem, Resurrection, Samael, Striborg, Tarot, Unleashed, and Vile.

The website for the book gave the following explanation on what it covers:

The Spiritual Significance of Music: Metal Edition provides an exciting exploration of how music powerfully impacts spirituality, and why spirituality influences music. Readers will discover sincere expressions of spiritual beliefs from the world of metal music. This portfolio includes an eclectic mix of musicians playing many forms of metal music; ambient metal, avant-garde death-metal, black metal, brutal metal, death metal, doom metal, experimental metal, funeral-doom, gothic metal, grindcore, heavy metal, industrial metal, melodic metal, power metal, progressive metal, psychedelic metal, Satanic metal, sludge metal, speed metal, symphonic metal, technical metal, thrash metal, and includes musicians from alternative-rock, avant-rock, and hardcore-punk bands. Metal Edition provides readers with an important introduction to metal music’s affinity with demonology, divination, magic, mysticism, Satanism, spiritualism, the occult, and witchcraft.

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Gorgoroth Crucifies Models on Stage, Again

Black metallers Gorgoroth have been at it again. Pissing people off, that is. Turns out some Christians are offended by photos of the Norwegian band performing at Filth Fest 2008 on Dec. 9 in Budapest, sharing the stage with naked men and women bound to crosses. Some reports have stated the people were actually nailed, but after checking out photographs from the show, they appear to be standing on little platforms with their wrists tied with ropes. Still not really pleasant imagery, but when you’re checking out news and pics of Gorogoroth, known for their controversial stage antics and the satanic content of their lyrics, you do get what you get. Photos are available, but please note: do not check them out if you are easily offended. They can be viewed at Metalhead.ro

In 2004, the band was under investigation by Polish police under suspicion of committing religious offenses and cruelty to animals while filming a concert for an upcoming DVD in Krakow, Poland. Joining them on stage this time were four sheep heads, 80 liters of sheep blood, and four naked crucified models. The band was never officially charged, although the footage was confiscated by police.

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Infernus' Gorgoroth Completes Lineup

The Infernus led version of Gorgoroth has now received a full lineup. Handling vocals will be Pest, who is back after an eleven year hiatus from the band and the rest of the lineup consists of Infernus and Tormentor on guitars, Frank Watkins on bass and Tomas Asklund on drums. The band will release their album, "Quantos Possunt Ad Satanitatem Trahunt" next year although the recording will be slightly delayed due to the ongoing court case between both versions of the band.

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Northern Irish Christians Protest Gorgoroth Show

A group of Free Presbyterians recently protested at a Gorgoroth show in Belfast, Northern Ireland. You can check out a video of the incident below. The group was led by Reverend David McIlveen who stated: "This reprehensible group's influence on the young may push them to evil acts and lead to the fragmentation of family life.

"Organizers need to rethink their decision to give them concert time in Belfast as the majority of people in Northern Ireland will be highly offended by their apparent anti-God message.

"Anything that is detrimental to the Christian belief must be challenged and I will be doing that."

However, publicist for Limelight Ian Wilson says: "We book bands with absolutely no concern about their religious or political viewpoints. It's just music." More...

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Date Set For Gorgoroth Trial

The Infernus-led version of Gorgoroth - who also feature Tomas Asklund (drums, ex-Dissection) and Frank Watkins (bass, Obituary) - have issued the following update:

"Infernus filed a lawsuit against King Ov Hell in September this year, on the basis of King ov Hell (the sixth bass player in Gorgoroth's history) going behind Infernus' back in September 2007, secretly applying for trademark protection of the band name and logo of Gorgoroth, which Infernus started using in 1992. The court case has now finally been scheduled. It will take place in Oslo, Norway, in the last week of January 2009. As soon as the court has made its decision, further information will be found at www.gorgoroth.info.

"It is also with great pleasure that it can be announced that Infernus' new Gorgoroth line-up has been completed. The identity of the vocalist, which may not come as a surprise to some, will be revealed in a few days. Hail Satan!"

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Sacred Reich Confirmed For Hellfest

Reunited thrash metal act Sacred Reich has announced that they will be performing at Hellfest in France next year. The festival takes place from June 19th- 21st and also boasts a lineup featuting Heaven And Hell, Anthrax, Amon Amarth, Orange Goblin Cathedral, Manowar, God Forbid, Gorgoroth and Stratovarius. More bands will be announced soon.

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Wardruna Signs To Indie Recordings

Indie Recordings recently announced the signing of Wardruna for the release of their debut album, "Runaljod - Gap Var Ginnunga," which is due out on January 19, 2009.

The idea of Wardruna began to take shape in 2002 as a project where founder and main man Einar Kvitrafn Selvik (Jotunspor, Gorgoroth, Sahg etc.) could work with a musical expression and instrumentation very different from what his involvements in various metal bands would allow. Naturally, it also became a place where his passion for and practice of Norse paganism and runes could be combined with music.

In the spring of 2007 the project started to attract attention after it was featured on the soundtrack of the much publicized "True Norwegian Black Metal" documentary about Gaahl (Trelldom, Gorgoroth etc.) by Peter Beste and Vice Films. Despite no releases or live appearances, Wardruna has since then gathered a respectable and perhaps surprisingly diverse following.

Now, after nearly six years in the making, the long awaited debut album of Wardruna is finally finished. It is the first album in the planned "Runaljod" trilogy, which will musically interpret the runes of the elder futhark. This highly visual music is hard to place into any specific genre. The style can perhaps be described as a curious blend of folk, world and ambient music, but without being limited by the sometimes restricted scope of these genres.

"Runaljod - gap var Ginnunga" has a very profound and unique sound that consist of a wide array of instruments, some of which are seldom used nowadays. A few examples include deer hide frame drums, mouth harp, goat horns, lur, Hardanger fiddle and tagelharpe ("Viking fiddle"). Sounds of more unorthodox "instruments" like trees, stones and fire are also incorporated into the music, and it's all topped off with powerful vocal performances from no less than three vocalists.

The album was produced and engineered by Kvitrafn himself in his own, aptly named, Fimbulljóð studio. Many of the recording sessions were executed outdoors at carefully selected locations with instruments or natural sounds that are relevant to the different runes.

The band's new label, Indie Recordings, comments: "Working with Wardruna has proven to be extremely rewarding, and their friendly and professional attitude is an example for others to follow. It is an honour for Indie Recording to have this special act on our roster, bringing depth and meaning to our catalogue by putting in context the very origin of Black Metal."

In a press statement the band comments the signing and the upcoming album:

"This is an ideal partnership for Wardruna; not only will the music be distributed and promoted in the manner it deserves, we also get to work with the fine people at Indie Recordings here in ....Norway..... They have proven themselves to be very professional and dedicated to their work and I am very pleased to be able to work with them and totally confident that this is the right label for Wardruna."

You can check out some of Wardruna's material on their MySpace page.

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