Black metal horde Gorgoroth has recently updated on their new album Instinctus Bestalis. All demos and pre-recordings for the next Gorgoroth album have been completed, and Tomas "Alzazmon" Asklund has now started recording the drums for their 10th full length album. Since Roger "Infernus" Tiegs fired Pest from the band, Serbian vocalist Atterigner will be handling the vocals on the new album.
Norwegian black metallers Gorgoroth announces that Under The Sign Of Hell 2011, the re-recording of the band's third full-length album, has been pushed back again. The album was originally supposed to be released in June, but got pushed back to August 29th, and now pushed back again with an unspecified date.
Gorgoroth and Vader will team up for The Sign Of Hell Tour 2011, destroying cities all over Europe later this year. The European trek, which will include over 45 shows, will kick off at the end of October and conclude right before Christmas. Dates to be announced soon.
According to Polish concert promoter and management company Massive Music, "such a long and immense tour hasn't been seen in Europe so far — all fans of Gorgoroth and Vader should start preparing for a magnificent feast!
It is a completely one-off occasion as both bands will promote their newest albums and they've already announced new concert sets. Gorgoroth will play some of their material from Under The Sign Of Hell released by Regain Records and Vader will present the new songs from Welcome To The Morbid Reich released by Nuclear Blast.
Lo and truly behold! A hellish new band has emerged from the quagmire that is the extreme music scene.
Imagine a cauldron bubbling over with the unsavory flavors of Tool and Celtic Frost, and seasoned with the likes of Immortal and At The Gates, and you'd be about halfway to describing the uncouth racket these guys have spat upon an unsuspecting planet.
Calling themselves the Temple Of The Black Moon, the group (who describe their output as "music for an evil film noir') are an eclectic stew of musicians/hell-raisers/miscreants in the ungainly form of Dani Filth (Cradle Of Filth), Rob Caggiano (Anthrax, The Damned Things), King ov Hell (formerly of Gorgoroth and Ov Hell) and John Tempesta (formerly of White Zombie and now drumming with The Cult).
Gorgoroth will spend the following week in Tomas Asklund's Monolith Studio to put the finishing touches on a project which has been kept secret until now: a complete re-recording of the band's third album Under the Sign of Hell. It has long been Infernus' wish to do such a re-recording, and now the work is close to an end. No release date has been set yet, but an early to mid 2011 release is likely. In addition, the time in the studio will be spent working on the still untitled next Gorgoroth full-length album, tentatively scheduled for a late 2011 release. Both albums will be released by Regain Records.
The final dates of the second leg of Gorgoroth's Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt European Tour in November 2010 have been confirmed. Support bands will be Cavus from Finland and Noctem from Spain. The tour is now shaping up as follows:
"Infernus has just returned from rehearsals in Tomas Asklund's Monolith Studio outside of Stockholm, and the work on the follow-up album to Quantos Possunt Ad Satanitatem Trahunt is progressing as planned. Half the new album (which is still untitled) has been recorded in pre-production form, and work on the album will continue through the year in between touring and festival appearances, with a tentative 2011 release date.
The upcoming European tour, which starts on 9. April, is Gorgoroth's first European tour since 2005 and the first tour to feature Pest since 1997, and the band is looking forward to getting back on the road again after this long absence. Infernus has also made the decision to exclusively use EVH amps from now on, and is pleased to announce that an endorsement deal has been made."
Gorgoroth will embark on an exclusive European mini-tour in April 2010 to support the new album Quantos Possunt Ad Satanitatem Trahunt, out now in Europe and the US. Support will come from Keep Of Kalessin. The tour will include the following concerts:
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 (Obituary) 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.
Norwegian black metallers Gorgoroth have posted the following update on their official site:
''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.''
Former Gorgoroth members Gaahl and King ov Hell have chosen the new banner of God Seed to represent their art.
Posted on the band's newly created myspace page:
"God Seed was chosen for many reasons; it represents the will to grow, the god within man and nature, and the will to reach one's highest potential. God Seed is also the title of a track from the last album released under the "Gorgoroth" banner and in that respect it symbolizes what is brought from the past into a new beginning and a new future.
The album which has been in the works as a "Gorgoroth" album will now be released as the first God Seed album and should be in-stores in late 2009.
King comments: "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!!!"
The ongoing battle Infernus has been pursuing against Gaahl & King Ov Hell regarding trademark rights of the name "Gorgoroth" appear to have come to an end. A message posted on Infernus' myspace website reads as follows:
"Oslo City District Court has today 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. The court states that King ov Hell and Gaahl excluded themselves from the band Gorgoroth when they tried to fire Infernus in October 2007. The court further states that Infernus cannot be excluded from Gorgoroth, unless he himself decides to quit. Infernus is very pleased, but not surprised, by this verdict. The remaining issues concerning financial matters and such are yet to be decided upon."
Kristian 'Gaahl' Espedal, frontman of Norwegian Black Metallers Gorgoroth, has publicly stated his homosexuality, according to Blabbermouth sources.
33 year old Gaahl spoke openly in an interview with Götz Kühnemund of Rock Hard magazine about his sexual orientation, also adding "I feel how I feel and I've never made any secret about it", and "I've never really hidden anything to begin with. It's just that I was never in love before" ... "until last year".
Gaahl also mentions a stable line-up for his version of Gorgoroth, confirming that Frost (Satyricon, 1349) will perform on the next album.