GORGOROTH

"Incipit Satan" (Nuclear Blast; 2000)

Reviewed by TBJ

By reading Gorgoroth's bio I noticed they've had plenty of problems in keeping a stable line-up. Well, I sure hope the lineup on this outing stays intact. Why? Well, lets get to that.

Upon looking at the band's photo and some of the more evil-than-thou song titles I became a little skeptic to what Gorgoroth might be able to offer. The title song and first track did little to change my first impression of the band. However, from track two ("A World to Win") on to the last one ("When Love Rages Wild in my Heart" - yes, that's a song title!) I began looking at Gorgoroth in a different light. Sure, the band's moniker and face paint might be starting to become more than cliché, but in my thinking, music matters most. In fact, good music matters most, and, in my opinion, Gorgoroth delivers.

The songs range from all-out bestiality to, dare I say, mood and (gasp!) melody. Vocalist Gaahl shows promise as he growls, shrieks, and - as in "When Love Rages Wild in my Heart" - actually tries to sing. Yes, folks, sing! And it works too. This song alone marks the first time I've heard a black metal song without the shrieking voice and I must say, it was a very pleasant surprise (and a good rest for the ears too!). 

Because of this album I'll be looking forward to the next one. With better production and with more experimentation in melody this band could become a true contender in the metal genre.

Gorgoroth is: Gaahl, vocals; Sgt. Erichsen, drums; King of Hell, bass; Infernus, guitar; Tormentor,  guitar. Guest musicians include: Enslaved's Ivar Peersen and Ragga Rocker's Michael Krohn.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

 

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