Gorgoroth - Under The Sign Of Hell

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Release date: 1997
Style: Black metal


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01. Revelation Of Doom
02. Krig
03. Funeral Procession
04. Profetens Åpenbaring
05. Postludium
06. Ødeleggelse Og Undergang
07. Blood Stains The Circle
08. The Rite Of Infernal Invocation
09. The Devil Is Calling

Thomas "Pest" Kronenes - vocals
Roger "Infernus" Tiegs - lead guitar, bass
Erik "Grim" Brødreskift - drums
Ronny "Ares" Hovland - bass (track 1 only)

Additional info
Re-released on August 29th, 2011 through Regain Records.

Re-recorded version features vocalist Pest and guitarist/bassist Infernus, from the original 1996 recording, while Tomas Asklund handles the drums.

Guest review by
This is the first album with the legendary Pest on vocals, which he does a wonderful job of doing so. The line up as changed once more, bass duties are now to Ares for one song and the rest to Infernus, Pest replaces Hat for vocals, and Grim replaces Frost from drums. Line up changes aren't always good, I mind you. Sometimes they change the entire sound of the band or simply backtrack it slightly, which is exactly what this album shows. With the new members, Gorgoroth took a step back and went more with an older, more underground sound with the drums and guitars. The quality of this album is somewhat lower then Antichrist, but it doesn't really change much about it. Grim for one matter is a good drummer, but this album doesn't show it. His drumming isn't perfect, which it isn't supposed to be, but it does sound slightly annoying and as if he is slamming a hammer against the wall while you are trying to sleep. Its a lot of repetition and somewhat a hint of unoriginality, constant blast beats and double bass.

published 18.04.2004 | Comments (1)

Staff review by
If you're going to re-issue an album it better be a good one, it better be something worthwhile, it better be a freaking masterpiece actually...it better be Gorgoroth's best record to date..."Under The Sign Of Hell"...

I remember the first time I ever heard anything from this band, it was something so loud and frightening that gave me nightmares for a week or two, something awfully caught my attention when I heard "Funeral Procession" that day, the vocals, Pest was (in my mind) the best piper this band has ever had, his shrieks where truly intense and almost scary, his performance in this song is just shivering in a word, that tune alone made this album one of the most recognized pieces in Black Metal to this day. "Under The Sign Of Hell" is maybe the most versatile piece when it comes to Vocals and Songwriting, it's just incredible how many tones and layers we can find inside this masterpiece; high, fast, low, mid-paced, it's all in there just waiting to burst.

published 31.01.2008 | Comments (21)

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16.01.2012 - 11:53
Rating: 7
Got this on vinyl. As far as raw as all hell black metal goes, this is an excellent album I think. Doesn't exactly reinvent the wheel or anything, but definitely scratches that satanic itch when it arises.
17.10.2015 - 01:17
Rating: 7
Essentially this album completes the great opening Gorgoroth trilogy, before they slowly descended into stale songwriting ventures. I still give this a 7 because it's no better/worse than the two albums preceding it, but still has its quirks. My personal favourite cuts are "Krig" and "Postludium".
15.08.2017 - 00:26
Rating: 7
Good sound and nice songwriting in 01. Revelation Of Doom and 03. Funeral Procession. The rest was mediocre.
03.03.2018 - 18:49
Rating: 8
Pretty good album. The drums on the first two tracks are a little much, glad that weird hammering noise didn't continue for the rest of the songs.

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