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Formed: 1992
From: Bergen, Norway
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Gorgoroth Set to Play Party San Open Air Festival

Gorgoroth have recently been confirmed for this year's edition of the Party San Open Air festival, which is set to take place from August 9-11, 2007 in Bad Berka, Germany.

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Belphegor Confirmed for HellFlame Festival

Austrian extreme black/death metal outfit BELPHEGOR has been confirmed for the Hellflame Festival, set to take place on September 8 at N8 in Osnabrück, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


In other news, BELPHEGOR has scheduled two dates in Russia in April. The details are as follows:

Apr. 13 - Port Club - St. Petersburg, RUS
Apr. 14 - Tochka Club – Moscow, RUS

BELPHEGOR's video for the song "Bluhtsturm Erotika" — produced and directed by Florian Werner — has been posted online at Belphegor.at. The song comes off the group's new album, "Pestapokalypse VI", which was released on October 31 via Nuclear Blast Records.

BELPHEGOR recently took part in Glenn Danzig's Blackest of the Black Tour, which was revived last month for a two-week West Coast run. Also appearing on the bill were DANZIG, LACUNA COIL, THE HAUNTED and ASESINO.

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More Additions To Party.San Open Air

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, RED HARVEST and GRAVE have been confirmed for have been confirmed for this year's edition of the Party.San Open Air festival, set to take place August 9-11, 2007 in Bad Berka, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): More...

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Documentary On Gaahl and Gorgoroth In The Works

Not wasting any time after Gaahl is released from prison, it is announced that VICE Films (Peter Beste) are now in Norway making a documentary about Gaahl and Gorgoroth. It will appear on a Vice DVD with several other related segments. The first pressing of this DVD is 100,000 units, and will be distributed in all major music retailers in the US, and most in Europe.

In related news, Gorgoroth have been confirmed for this year's edition of the Party.San Open Air festival, set to take place August 9-11, 2007 in Bad Berka, Germany.

Finally, Gorgoroth has been nominated in the "Metal" category at the 35th annual Spellemann awards (the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammy Awards). The largest and oldest Norwegian music awards show will be held Saturday, January 27 at the Thalia Theater, Chateau Neuf in Oslo, Norway and will be broadcast live on the Norwegian channel TV2.

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Gorgoroth's Gaahl Released from Prison

The band made a post on their website regarding a few matters:

Last month Gaahl was finally released from prison after being jailed since the spring of 2006.
[Gaahl was sentenced to prison for assault]. [Gorgoroth bassist] King will be in Los Angeles from 14th - 22nd of January to do promotional work for himself and Gorgoroth at the NAMM show.


The bassist is still a part of the band even though he reportedly left during the middle of 2006.

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Sahg In Writing Mode

Norwegian heavy rockers SAHG, featuring members of GORGOROTH, MANNGARD, and AUDREY HORNE, have issued the following update:

"SAHG is currently writing and rehearsing songs for the second album, which for the time being is due for release autumn 2007. The new material is quickly taking shape, and we plan to start recording already in January.

"We are most happy with the way the new material is turning out, and at the moment it looks like the album will contain an even wider variation than 'Sahg I', spanning from fast and propulsive, via slow and gloomy, to some experimental acoustic pieces. No songtitles or working title for the album yet, but this will be posted shortly."

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Gorgoroth Discusses Problems The Band Faces

Newsweek Poland recently conducted an interview with Gorgoroth guitarist/founder Infernus. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Q: There has been a lot of controversy about your concert in February 2004 in Krakov. Have you ever experienced similar problems (protests, abusive comments in the press, legal charges) in any other country you have visited during your career?

Infernus: No. As a matter of fact, this is to the extent it has developed been quite unique. We have, of course, faced all kinds of hassle during the years out travelling, for instance having members from the special force 'del cuerpo de Proteccion a Personalides Importantes' (PPI) to gas the audience at a gig in San Salvador the year after. It was a rather severe riot where people got injured followed by loads of media attention and amongst others negative critizism. Nevertheless, Poland is unique to the degree the public authorities, district attorneys and others, have been involved, and I guess its the only and perhaps last time in modern history a music band are brought before trial on charges of blasphemy. Say, don't you have better things to use the taxpayers money on in Poland these days?

Q: Recently Mr. Tomasz Dziubinski from Metal Mind Productions was sentenced for organizing your concert in Krakov in February 2004 illegaly. Do you also hold him responsible for not seeing to all the formalities? How would you comment on the accusations directed at Mr. Dziubinski? Is it just another sign of lack of tolerance and opression of Satanists?

Infernus: Hey, I wasnt informed about this. How much did he get? We hold him responsible to the degree we had a lot of work done together that now seemingly will not benefit much any of the parts involved. Morally wise, I hold nothing against him, he is to me only a businesspartner and a producer. I must nevertheless point out that it's generally speaking not a bad idea to mind one's steps. You dance with the Devil, you take what comes.

Q: The famous calfs' heads on the stage of your 2004 concert are said to represent Christians. You claim that everything in your music is a symbol. Are you planning any new, even more original and bold stage settings in Your concerts?

Infernus: Sheeps' heads, you mean? For even the most illiterate, the sheep does represent flock mentality. Flock mentality has many names, and one of them is Christianity, with its contempt for real power and beauty. Even Jesus from Nasareth was on this the same mission. "My name is Legion, because we are manyfold." As I see it he had as a main mission bringing a message of a new time in which ethical sense would take over for the need of the Torah. What we might be planning or not is not to be made public at the time being. The world is, in other words, still not a safe place.

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I Complete Debut Album

I, the new band featuring former IMMORTAL frontman Abbath (real name: Olve Eikemo), original IMMORTAL drummer Armagedda, ENSLAVED guitarist Arve Isdal and GORGOROTH bassist King ov Hell, has completed work on its debut album, "Between Two Worlds", due this fall through Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Bergen's Lydriket Studio with Geir Luedy, and was mixed by PAIN/HYPOCRISY mastermind Peter Tägtgren. "Between Two Worlds" — which will feature lyrics written primarily by former IMMORTAL guitarist Demonaz (real name: Harald Nævdal) — is scheduled to be mastered in early August.

I will make its live debut at Bergen's Hole In The Sky festival on August 26.

As previously reported, IMMORTAL will reunite for several exclusive shows next year, including the Wacken Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany.

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Gorgoroth To Headline Hellflame Festival in 2007

Gorgoroth will will headline next years Hellflame Festival which is scheduled to take place September 8, 2007 in Germany. For more info on the fest, visit hellflame.de.

In other news, the new and highly acclaimed Gorgoroth album "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam" was released in the US through Candlelight Records USA last week and have so far been very well received, according to the band.

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Gorgoroth Part Ways With Bassist King Ov Hell

Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH have parted ways with bassist and songwriter King ov Hell.

"King has recently had problems fronting some of the ideological aspects of his band GORGOROTH's agenda," reads a posting on the group's web site. "As a result, it has now been mutually agreed upon that henceforth he is no longer a member of the band GORGOROTH." More...

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I Sign With Nuclear Blast Records

I, the new band featuring former IMMORTAL frontman Abbath (real name: Olve Eikemo), original IMMORTAL drummer Armagedda, ENSLAVED guitarist Arve Isdal and GORGOROTH bassist King ov Hell, have signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band will enter the studio at the end of this month to begin recording their debut album, which will feature lyrics written primarily by former IMMORTAL guitarist Demonaz (real name: Harald Nævdal). A late 2006 release is expected.

I will make their live debut on August 26 at the Hole In The Sky festival in Bergen, Norway. Additional live appearances will be announced soon.

I's lineup is:

Abbath - Voice
T.C. King (a.k.a. King ov Hell) - Bass
Ice Dale (a.k.a. Arve Isdal) - Guitars
Armagedda - Drums

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Gorgoroth Mastering Album, Plan Listening Party

Next week Infernus will be mastering Gorgoroth's "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam" at Cutting Room in Stockholm. The album is scheduled to be released 19th of June via Regain Records.

Gorgoroth will be holding a pre-listening session for "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam" during the Inferno Festival in Oslo, Norway. The press is invited to listen to the album and do interviews with all members of Gorgoroth at the Rock In bar 13.30 Friday 14th of April. After the pre-listening session an unmastered mp3 sample will be available for download from the band's website.

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Gorgoroth Finish Recording New Album

Gorgoroth are now finished recording their new album entitled "Ad Majorem Satanhas Gloriam". Next week (April 11th - 12th), bass player and songwriter King will take off to New York to do a pre-listening session and to give interviews. More details to come.

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Jotunspor Featuring Gorgoroth Members Post Track

JOTUNSPOR, the new band featuring GORGOROTH bassist King ov Hell and ex-GORGOROTH drummer Kvitrafn (also of SAHG, SIEGFADER), have uploaded a track entitled "Gleipnirs Smeder" to their MySpace.com page. The song is the title track of the group's upcoming debut album, tentatively due this spring via Coldspring Records in Europe and Candlelight Records in the U.S. The CD, which was recorded last year over a two-month period, contains "eight black metal tracks in honor of Nordic heritage," according to a press release. "JOTUNSPOR is NOT a liveband and can only be experienced on record," the press release continues. "JOTUNSPOR will prove itself as quality black metal and will best be experienced by the enlightened."

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Gorgoroth Guitarist Appeals Sex Assault Conviction

According to a posting on GORGOROTH's web site, the band's guitarist Infernus is appealing his conviction of aggravated sexual assault in connection with an alleged rape of a 29-year-old woman in Bergen, Norway in 2004.

Infernus (real name: Roger Tiegs) and a friend (whose identity has not been revealed by the Norwegian media) were found guilty of raping the woman last year. They were both sentenced to three years in prison. In early January, the court of appeals upheld Tiegs' friend's rape conviction, but found no evidence to support the rape charge against the GORGOROTH guitarist.

The actual charge Tiegs was convicted of is what is reffered to as "gross negligent rape," a provision introduced in 2000. In order for someone to be convicted of gross negligent rape, he would have to be seriously to blame for not understanding that the aggrieved person did not want intercourse. The maximum sentence for gross negligent rape is five years, but is being raised to eight years in more aggravated cases.

GORGOROTH's new album, "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam", is tentatively scheduled for release later in the year via Sweden's Regain Records. The band 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 Begin Recording Vocals For New Album

Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH have posted the following update on their official web site:

"Gaahl has now entered the studio in Bergen to record vocals for GORGOROTH's upcoming album, 'Ad Majorem Satanhas Gloriam'. The release date of the album is not decided yet, but it is expected to be released within few months.

"In other news, 'Procreating Satan', the opening track from [2003's] 'Twilight of the Idols', has been remixed by Zardonic (electronic artist and producer). Click here to listen to it."

GORGOROTH reportedly recorded several shows on their recent European tour with 1349 for an upcoming live album, entitled "True Norwegian Black Metal". Scheduled for a late autumn release in 2007, it will mark and celebrate GORGOROTH's 15-year anniversary.

GORGOROTH's new album, "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam", is tentatively scheduled for release later in the year via Sweden's Regain Records. The band 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's first three albums - "Pentagram" (1994), "Antichrist" (1996) and "Under the Sign of Hell" (1997) - were re-released last year

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Gorgoroth Bassist Talks About New Album

Earth-Dog.com recently conducted an exclusive interview with GORGOROTH bassist King ov Hell. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Earth-Dog.com: What is the status of GORGOROTH's next album, "Ad Majorem Satanhas Gloriam"? I read that you and Infernus did some of the recording already but now things are delayed having recently completed a fall tour with 1349.

King ov Hell: "Infernus and I did some of the recording earlier this summer in Oslo. Frost [SATYRICON, 1349] had already done the drums here in Bergen. We have now brought the tapes back to Bergen to finish it in a third studio we use on this album. Gaahl will do the vocals this month. We will release the album in the end of April through Regain Records."

Earth-Dog.com: You wrote the majority of "Twilight of the Idols". Are you as involved in the songwriting process on "Ad Majorem Satanhas Gloriam"?

King ov Hell: "Yes. I've written all of the music for 'Ad Majorem Satanhas Gloriam'. I've worked on this album for almost two years and it's not been an ideal situation creating this album. There have been riots concerning the band almost constantly since I started the process creating the album. Nevertheless I think it has turned out for the best so far. This album contains the music which I've created that I'm most satisfied with myself to date."

Earth-Dog.com: GORGOROTH goes through a lot of drummers. You recently had Dirge Rep joining you for live dates and now you have Frost on the forthcoming studio album?

King ov Hell: "Yes, Frost of SATYRICON. I'm very satisfied with the way he played drums on this album. I believe he captured the essence of what I had in mind writing the music. I did a pre-recording at home by myself with programmed drums first before I showed him the music for the album. This saved us a lot of time in the rehearsal room. Well…you'll soon hear the outcome of the recordings anyway."

Earth-Dog.com: Now that the Polish courts have excused GORGOROTH for involvement in the scandal there involving a live show video in 2003 thought to be in violation of Polish law, will you guys get that back and possibly release that as a DVD?

King ov Hell: "I'm not sure what's gonna happen with the recordings of the show in Krakow. The producer of the show is now held responsible for the blasphemy the Polish police say is illegal in Poland. He is at risk of 2 years in prison. We might get the tapes back or we won't. I have no clue."

Earth-Dog.com: You are also now involved in a new band with IMMORTAL's Abbath called I. What is the status of that project? Are you involved in the songwriting there too? Will I tour or just record?

King ov Hell: "Abbath is the one making music for I. He had already written the whole album when I joined. Arve (ENSLAVED), the other guitar player in I, has been a part of I since the beginning and has worked with Abbath making these songs. We will enter the studio within two months and hope to release something within six months. We will play concerts with I and some shows are already confirmed."

Read the full article at Earth-Dog.

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Gorgoroth Cleared In Polish Gig Controversy

In February 2004, GORGOROTH was at the center of controversy in Poland following a scandalous live performance in a TV studio in the city of Krakow.

The Norwegian black metal band were investigated for causing religious offense after a show that included dozens of sheep heads on stakes, a literal bloodbath, satanic symbols and naked, crucified women. You can check out photos and videos from the gig at this location.

The concert in Krakow was broadcast by state TV station TVP and the resulting scandal was the center of attention in Polish media. The band were investigated for causing religious offense, which is punishable by up to two years in prison. The Polish police also investigated a possible act of cruelty to animals.

Nearly two years after the incident, the district attorney's office in Krakow have decided to drop the investigation into whether GORGOROTH committed any criminal acts, the Norwegian newspaper VG reports in its Jan 4, 2006 edition. However, the producer of the TV show will be prosecuted and faces two years in prison.

The police investigation concluded that the members of GORGOROTH were unaware of the fact that under Polish law it is a criminal offence to offend people's religious beliefs.

One of the women who were crucified on a cross was so shocked that she passed out and was taken to a hospital.

"Tomasz K, the owner of the production company Metal Mind Promotion, who produced the show, was aware of the fact that the stage set contained satanic symbols that could offend Polish catholics — thus being against the law. The producer did not inform GORGOROTH that they were doing something that violates Polish laws,” the spokesperson Boguslawa Marcinkowska at the district attorney's office in Krakow told the news agency PAP.

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Gorgoroth Guitarist Denies Raping Woman

GORGOROTH guitarist Infernus (real name: Roger Tiegs) went before a Norwegian court earlier today (Jan. 3) to appeal the three-year prison sentence he received last year for rape. The incident happened April 27, 2004 when Tiegs and a friend brought a 29-year-old woman they met at a nightclub called Garage in Bergen back to Tiegs' apartment after closing hours. The two men allegedly punched the woman in the face and forced her to have sex with them. Tiegs, 33, and his 32-year-old friend (who received the same sentence) admitted that they had sex with the woman, but claimed it was consensual. The defendants both appealed the verdict.

"She's lying," stated Tiegs as he took the stand today in the Gulating court of appeals.

According to Bergens Tidende, Tiegs' friend (whose identity has not been disclosed) claimed in court that the woman invited them to have sex with her after Tiegs undressed at the steamy afterparty.

"All of a sudden he stood there, completely naked," the co-defendant said. "Not that that in itself was particularly sensational. He has a tendency of getting naked at afterparties. It has happened before."

Tiegs admits to having had sex with the woman, but says he can't remember having intercourse with her. He claims he had a blackout after consuming large amounts of beer, wine and liquor.

"Things gradually become more blurry," Tiegs told the court. "I remember the police sirens and waking up in a cell."

However, he does recall taking off all his clothes to create a "funny and exciting situation."

"I'm an exhibitionist," stated the guitarist.

Prosecutor Gert Kjelby immediately linked Tiegs' unusual behavior to his music career. He asked Tiegs if he can't live out all his exhibitions in black metal.

"Not enough, it would seem," responded the guitarist.

When Tiegs claimed the woman was lying about the events at his apartment, the prosecutor asked: "How would you know since you say that you blacked out?"

"I've seen her have sex with [my friend] and me," responded Tiegs. "So at least she's partially lying."

However, Tiegs couldn't explain why the woman fled from the apartment wearing only a towel. His friend says the reason is that Tiegs had screamed at her and called her a "stupid whore."

"I can come across as emotionally cold," admitted Tiegs. "It's quite possible that I yelled at her, but I can't remember. I can't rule it out."

The GORGOROTH guitarist also admitted that he can appear as aggressive and threatening, but claims that he's never used violence.

"I may very well have scared her verbally. I remember that I in the past have thrown people out after having had sex with them."

Tomorrow, January 4, the woman takes the stand.

On May 5, 2005, Tiegs and his friend were each ordered to pay 100,000 NOK (approximately $15,000) in court costs and an additional 55,000 NOK (approximately $8,300) in punitive damages.

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Gorgoroth Deny Rumours About Cancelled Shows

Gorgoroth have posted a statement at their official website denying rumours that their Nottingham and Manchester shows in the UK have been cancelled. The shows will go ahead as planned.

The remaining tourdates are as follows:

24.11.2005 "Markthalle" - Hamburg, Germany.
25.11.2005 "Basement" - Rotterdam, Holland.
26.11.2005 "Rock City" - Nottingham, UK.
27.11.2005 "Voodo Lounge" - Dublin, Ireland.
28.11.2005 "Satans hollow" - Manchester, UK.
30.11.2005 "Underworld" - London, UK.
01.12.2005 "Goudvishal" - Arnhem, Holland.
02.12.2005 "Voxhall" - Aarhus, Denmark.
03.12.2005 "Kolingsborg" - Stockholm, Sweden.
04.12.2005 "Musikens Hus" - Göteborg, Sweden.

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