Gorgoroth
Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam


4.0
excellent

Review

by Slaytan USER (16 Reviews)
November 15th, 2007 | 182 replies | 16,342 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


4 of 5 thought this review was well written

Notorious. That's one way you could describe Gorgoroth. Chances are that you've heard of them, but never heard them. Formed in 1992 by guitarist Infernus, Gorgoroth have released several albums, split demos (with Burzum), and compilations (with Darkthrone); their latest release is Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam, a turning point in their career.

Gorgoroth's seventh full length studio album, Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam, marks their turn towards the death metal genre. That is not to say however, that the days of having the Gorgoroth we all know and love (you know, the guys that slaughtered a live sheep onstage in Poland?) are gone, they've just evolved into something more than your everyday, low production black metal band.

Speaking of the production, it's suprisingly good on the album, for the most part. All of the instruments sound as though they were actually mixed and mastered. On several of Gorgoroth's past releases the guitars have blended into the drums, which blended into the vocals, which made for a rather unenjoyable listen to say the least. Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam has none of that. Tracks like "Wound Upon Wound" and "Carving a Giant" sport production that rivals that of their more popular metal counterparts, while tracks like "Exit" and "Untamed Forces" have the kind of production you would expect when listening to a black metal band. Fortunately these are the only two tracks with production so low, unfortunately there are only 8 tracks, making 25 percent of this album have low production.

Unfortunately, this low production is what may remind listeners of their early work the most. But for the most part album does sport some solid production, and a nice continous attack of blackened death metal; marking their evolution as a band.

The vocals on the album are fairly strong, and Gaahl shows his versatility as a vocalist with his growls and shrieks. Nowadays Gaahl is pitching his vocals to match the music, and doing so very well. His growls are pretty good, but nothing amazing or special. He does well though with the new death metal direction some of the songs take, especially "Wound Upon Wound" and "White Seed." Lyrically this album takes the route you would expect it to: Satan. I need not say more.

The guitar work also shows vast improvement over previous Gorgoroth releases. Like Gaahl's vocals, it's nothing special, but more than solid. The sense of melody of this album was also surprising; "Wound Upon Wound" and "Exit" display some catchy riffs in both the death and black metal genres, respectively. If anything negatively can be said about Infernus' guitar playing, it's that he seems to use very little technique outside of tremolo picking (speed picking) and that his tone doesn't change from song to song. Fortunately enough, his lack of different guitar ideology from song to song doesn't result in recycled riffs, as he is more than able to write different sounding lines for each song.

Rhythmically the album is brutal. Frost (Satyricon, 1349, Gehenna) manned the drums for this album, and did a damn fine job. The blast beats are fast and add to the sonic brutality that is Gorgoroth and the double bass work is fast and intricate. However, there seems to be a lack of drum fills on all of the songs, sometimes leaving riff transitions sounding a little out of place, but not too off. In short, Frost is impressive, but we've heard better from him. King Ov Hell can be heard almost entirely throughout the album which is nice, but in certain places, especially the songs with lower production, he is missing. His bass work is great, and he is able to keep up with Infernus note for note, and occasionally breaks off from him to go on a short bass fill. He does a nice job of providing a wall of sound along with Frost, allowing the vocals and guitars to flourish and take center stage.

If you're a fan of Gorgoroth, this is a must. If you are a fan of black metal, this is a must. If you're a fan of death metal and hae some extra cash laying around, go for it. The mood of the album is dark, very dark, and for the most part the album is very produced. The music in itself is great, but not ground breaking; however, should you be performing any satanic rituals in the near future, this album should add a nice ambience to your little...."event."

Pros:
- Overall, it's dark as hell
- Vocals have improved
- Frost's drumming

Cons:
- Production of "Exit" and "Untamed Forces"
- Lyrical concept is recycled

Reccomended Tracks:
Wound Upon Wound
Carving a Giant
White Seed

Overall: 4 out of 5



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Slaytan
November 16th 2007



1186 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's worth a listen, even if you don't buy it. Just don't tell Gaahl...he'll torture you for six hours.

rasputin
November 16th 2007



14504 Comments


I have the album and it's probably my least listened to black metal album. It's not bad, but just nothing really worth getting into. Good review though.This Message Edited On 11.15.07

Slaytan
November 16th 2007



1186 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll fix anything anymore finds tomorrow after class...

Willie
Moderator
November 16th 2007



15781 Comments


I saw one of the members from this band in that Black Metal documentary... he was an idiot... being satanic doesn't mean you have to look and act dark and mysterious, or have no social skills.

Digging: Teramaze - Esoteric Symbolism

pingu53
November 16th 2007



15 Comments


Gaahl didnt do vocals on Pentagram, he joined in 1998This Message Edited On 11.16.07

masscows
November 16th 2007



2236 Comments


I saw one of the members from this band in that Black Metal documentary... he was an idiot... being satanic doesn't mean you have to look and act dark and mysterious, or have no social skills.
I saw that too, it was Gaahl. He's not actually a Satanist, he just uses Satanic themes to show his disapproval for Christianity. He actually seems like a Hannibal-type; well-mannered, high class, but also very...insane. And also don't think that someone has no social skills because they prefer solitude.

Slaytan
November 16th 2007



1186 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gaahl didnt do vocals on Pentagram, he joined in 1998

Fixed, thank you. I should have done research on that.
Gaahl just tries too hard to be some kind of badass.

Willie
Moderator
November 16th 2007



15781 Comments


I saw that too, it was Gaahl. He's not actually a Satanist, he just uses Satanic themes to show his disapproval for Christianity. He actually seems like a Hannibal-type; well-mannered, high class, but also very...insane. And also don't think that someone has no social skills because they prefer solitude.
Oh ok, so he's not a satanist. My knowledge of this band is limited to that interview only. I like that description of him that you gave, that sounds very accurate. My thoughts about him having no social skills didn't come from his preference to be alone... it came from the way he interacted with the documentary crew... although I guess that could have been for show.

Ominous Inane
November 16th 2007



188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

God Seed and Prosperity and Beauty are two of the best black metal songs this band has written and that this genre has produced overall. They are both perfect as for the rest of the album, it's alright nothing special. Those two songs are worth the price of admission...This Message Edited On 11.16.07

botb
November 16th 2007



9288 Comments


Gaahl is the guy that like... locked a guy in his basement and tortured him or whatever, right?

Slaytan
November 16th 2007



1186 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Slowly and methodically for six hours, and then threatened to drink his blood.
Another fun fact: they also slaughtered a live lamb onstage in Poland.

rasputin
November 16th 2007



14504 Comments


And didn't they cover naked girls tied to crosses with the blood? I think I heard that somewhere. And that video that Ghaal is in is hilarious:
'So, what are the primary influences and ideologies behind Gorgoroth's music?'
'...[10 second silence]...Satan...[drinks from glass of red wine]'
'And what does Satan embody for you?'
'...[5 second silence]...Freedom...'
And then he goes and talks about how he completely supports church burnings and that there will be many more in the future. I laughed for so long.

Slaytan
November 16th 2007



1186 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Don't know about that last one. But yeah, that scene is the movie Metal: A Headbanger's Journey. Definitely worth a your time if you haven't already seen it.

Willie
Moderator
November 16th 2007



15781 Comments


And didn't they cover naked girls tied to crosses with the blood? I think I heard that somewhere. And that video that Ghaal is in is hilarious:

'So, what are the primary influences and ideologies behind Gorgoroth's music?'

'...[10 second silence]...Satan...[drinks from glass of red wine]'

'And what does Satan embody for you?'

'...[5 second silence]...Freedom...'

And then he goes and talks about how he completely supports church burnings and that there will be many more in the future. I laughed for so long.
Ha ha, that's the exact scene I was thinking of when I was saying he was weird and didn't seem to have any social skills!This Message Edited On 11.16.07

botb
November 16th 2007



9288 Comments


Slowly and methodically for six hours, and then threatened to drink his blood.

Another fun fact: they also slaughtered a live lamb onstage in Poland.


ROFL. Oh anti-religious black metal, how you make me laugh.

devilsown667
November 17th 2007



14 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I got this album when I was beginning to get into Black metal,and I liked it and I still like it."Wound upon Wound" is a fine track by any means.

Anyway,if anyone here is interested to know more about Gaahl's antics,watch this documentary on VBS called "True Norwegian Black Metal".

Link-http://www.uvouch.com/searchresultsvideos.php?string=True%20Norwegian%20Black%20Metal

Have fun!

masscows
November 17th 2007



2236 Comments



Ha ha, that's the exact scene I was thinking of when I was saying he was weird and didn't seem to have any social skills!
watch the vid in the link this guy just posted, it's a good documentary that kind of shows another side to Gaahl. Although he does something really weird at the end...

rasputin
November 17th 2007



14504 Comments


I just watched it. It was really interesting but the end was just like wtf??

Slaytan
November 18th 2007



1186 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That was actually a pretty cool clip, but that entire movie is a black metal mockumentary.This Message Edited On 11.18.07

FR33L0RD
February 12th 2008



1458 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5



Nice review, pos vote



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