God Seed
I Begin


4.5
superb

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (198 Reviews)
November 15th, 2012 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Savage with a tendency to throb, Gaahl has returned to the black metal scene with ‘I Begin’.

Truly an excellent listen from start to finish, despite all the turbulence created from lawsuits and time in imprisonment Gaahl’s God Seed is a force to be reckoned with. For the former Gorgoroth members this is far from revolutionary, but for Gaahl and co. it’s definitely a fresh start. From concerts featuring naked crucified women, bloody goats heads and other Satanist-ic imagery, I Begin marks many stereotypes of a Norwegian black metal group. The album itself is no different.

I Begin showcases some of your basic black metal passages, themes and styles but each this record allows tracks to twist and evolve around the raw-ish production value and come together with a sound that shows God Seed branching away from a former Gorgoroth sound. Unfortunately for God Seed there is a focus on what the two former Gorgoroth heavyweights can do. What seems to be forgotten is that this four piece (yes, a four piece) works together in a way that creates one of the better black metal efforts of 2012. Even with the primitive production values Nick Barker showcases his drumming talents blasting and crashing with the choppy sometimes rung out chords of guitarist Session Teloch. That’s not to say the record is one tempo, full of blast beats and raspy vocals. Not only do the band now how to slow things down a little but they can also add an eerie, some-what sinister atmosphere over tracks. Take the album opener ‘Awake’ for a spin; yes the track highlights some very black metal sounds but as the track progresses some keyboard and synth work takes point and draws the listener in. This atmosphere shows a slightly out of the box thinking for God Seed and while it definitely has been done before this type of musical incorporation only adds to I Begin’s overall quality.

Interestingly enough the tracks on I Begin do not exceed five and a half minutes (with the longest track being ‘This from the Past’ at just over five), this is not a bad thing at all. Tracks here never outstay there welcome, and for the most part are not brief enough to disappoint the listener. There are no ten minute epics to be found here just a focus on quality song writing and instrumental ability to match. Where there is black metal there is a contrast of sounds being presented, for example; for every ‘Awake’ there is an ‘Alt Liv’ where black metal is the base of the sound but with melodic, avant and keyboards thrown in. The music may be Gorgoroth-esque but I Begin is really trying to do something different with its sound.

Legal battles and comparisons aside this is a welcome debut for God Seed. This eerie type of black metal may not be ground breaking but where the blast beats truncate and shrieks are replaced by whispers and chanting there is an array of excellently presented musicianship. For those familiar with the former moniker of King Ov Hell and Gaahl, there may not be too much that surprises the listener but some parts may add to the intrigue and may have been unexpected, overall adding to the records quality. This album is a welcome addition to any black metal fan and for 2012 this album should be well received.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 15th 2012


7127 Comments


I'm surprised that nobody had this already reviewed.

TBliss2
November 15th 2012


504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album rules

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 15th 2012


7127 Comments


Yep. : ]

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 15th 2012


7127 Comments


Thanks Soulie : ]

BallsToTheWall
November 15th 2012


44805 Comments


Good review. TBH I have never really much of any GAAHL material

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 15th 2012


7127 Comments


Give this one a go Balls, might make a couple of 2012 lists I reckon, especially from a metal perspective. Tell me what you think too,

CaptainDooRight
November 15th 2012


30334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

solid rev, pos

will have to prolly check this bro

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 15th 2012


7127 Comments


Thanks bro, yeah man give it a go : ]

Eclecticist
November 15th 2012


3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I remember first hearing about this project after Infernus won the rights to use Gorgoroth's name and watching all of the band's live videos on youtube. Then Gaahl retired from metal and I was like NOOOOOO!! So I am glad that he is back and I can't wait to hear this album because I have been waiting years for it.

Also, I added their live CD/DVD from Wacken 2009 to the profile page.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 15th 2012


7127 Comments


Also, I added their live CD/DVD from Wacken 2009 to the profile page.

Lol, beat me to it.


Eclecticist
November 15th 2012


3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

;)

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 15th 2012


7127 Comments


You given this a listen yet Josh.

Eclecticist
November 15th 2012


3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

No, I downloaded the torrent but I have gotten caught up in responding to emails and I need to go to bed soon because I have a presentation to give in the morning about recent trends in the TSX. So looks like I won't get to it until later in the day tmrrw.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 15th 2012


7127 Comments


aww boo i guess, lol Gotta worry about your schoolin' : ]

Eclecticist
November 15th 2012


3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yeeee b.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2012


19067 Comments


bet this is awful never gonna listen tho

Digging: Objekt - Objekt #2

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 16th 2012


7127 Comments


bet this is awful never gonna listen tho

That's the spirit! : ]


DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2012


8945 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bet this is awful never gonna listen tho


yeah most likely :]

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2012


7127 Comments


Really Noctus? Shame

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2012


8945 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

everything king (ov hell) touches turns to shit



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