by skeggjadr USER (7 Reviews)
March 20th, 2006 | 136 replies

Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

I was surprised to see that Gorgoroth wern't even on this site! So I decided to add them and review thier classic first album.

For me, Pentagram is one of those albums that when you first hear it you think "What is this crap?". But like Immortal's Pure Holocaust, the more I listened, the more it grew on me, until it became one of my favourite albums. It would be easy to be write off Gorgoroth as "just another black metal band singing about satan and how evil they are", as they adopt the typical BM image: huge spikes protruding from thier arms, swinging around replica medieval weapons for photo shoots, and band members recently being on trial for gang rape and illegal weapon possession. It's a shame, because in my opinion, Gorgoroth's first 2 CDs (Antichrist, Pentagram) stand high above any other BM releases.

The great thing about this album is how every riff is where it should be. Sometimes I'll find myself listening to some other bands songs, really enjoying the music, but then thinking "hmmm... I don't really like this riff! What where they thinking!". Not with these songs though. The album is definately raw BM, but retains a strong sense of melody throughout, and has a surprisingly clear prodution (compared to most other BM albums from the same period). The thing I really love about this CD is how the riffs are incredibly simple but incredibly effective.

Bergravelsesnatt - 5/5
The album opens with a galloping riff, propelled by simple pounding drums. Then a typical black metal riff enters with blast beats: which is when we hear Hat's insane screeching for the first time. He sounds like man possessed. In my opinion, simply the most malevolent vocals ever recorded. The song alternates between the intro riff and the black metal verse riff, before a final chromatic riff enters and repeats to the end of the song. 3 simple riffs: maximum effect.

Crushing The Scepter (Regaining A Lost Dominion) - 5/5
This song opens with some slow heavy riffs. I notice here how good drumming isn't about being technical, it's about playing what's needed for the song. By metal standards Goatpervertor is a very average drummer, but his simple, pounding style really benefits the music. From the opening slower riffs, to the faster riffs with blast beast, to the final melodic riff, the song flows really well.

Ritual - 5/5
Originally titled "Sexual Bloodgargling" on the first demo. The song opens with a melodic riff before slowing right down into the verse with some plodding chords and drums. Breaking up the verse and the following section is an atmospheric riff with some simple drum fills, which highlights the excellent dynamics of the music. Then it speeds up into typical black metal territory, with Hat screaming something about satan, and I think I can make out the line "you will suffer!!!". One of the best songs.

Drommer Om Dod - 4.5/5
This is one my least favourite songs on the album, but it's by no means bad. The first couple of riffs have a kind of eerie-ness about them. This is a slow-midpaced song that reminds me you don't have to play fast and tune down to be heavy.

Katharinas Bortgang - 4.5/5
This would have got a 5/5, except that the verse riff really is below the standard of the rest of the album. However, the rest of the song is excellent. It revolves around fast but very melodic riffs, blast beats, and Hat's demonic vocals.

Huldrelokk - 5/5
1:54 of awesomely epic-sounding black metal riffage. The drums blast along relentlessly, carrying Infernus' excellently crafted riffs forward. Full of atmosphere.

(Under) The Pagan Megalith - 4/5
My other least favourite song, but still excellent. Again this is because the first few riffs are not as well written, and for the first time on the album, it seems a bit repetitive. The song picks up at 1:30, with a kickass blackened thrash riff. Hat's vocals are again menacing and ferocious, and unlike the other songs, the riffs are less melodic and simply bludgeon the listener. The song is saved by pure aggression.

Maaneskyggens Slave - 5/5
The most epic song on the album, in terms of length and melodies. The song opens with two amazing melodic riffs, followed by a much slower section before the main theme comes in. The rest of the song is mostly centered around a simple chord progression, but played at different tempos with different lead guitar melodies over the top. A masterpeice.

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March 21st 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

Great cd. I bought it a while ago and even though Gorgoroth are looked down open by the underground scene I think their early releases (Antichrist, Pentagram, Under the Sign of Hell) are up there with the classics of the early90s Norwegian scene.

Good review.

March 21st 2006


Ive heard of these guys, but I never got into them. I gained a new taste for black metal, so I think ill check these guys out. I also heard that they did mock crucifixions in the front yard of Pope John Paul II's old house and got chased out of town, is that true?!

March 21st 2006


I love these guys! Awesome black metal, and the guitarist just had his rape conviction withdrawed too. Good review.

March 21st 2006


I'm not familiar with any old Gorgoroth, but I enjoy their newer material. Very brutal black metal. These guys also have the most badass corpse paint I've ever seen.

Storm In A Teacup
March 21st 2006


Hahaha, I still have a picture saved of these guys from when I shortly used them as an avatar.
Nice review. :thumb:

March 21st 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

I think this cd is pretty good, but i like there cd "under the sign of hell" a lot more 4/5 for me.

March 22nd 2006


I've heard Ritual which is pure, atmospheric evil. The slow, plodding nature of it and the freakish vocals just do stuff to me.

March 22nd 2006


I should give these guys a listen. Decent review.

November 7th 2006


ahhh this helps me sleep lol

i love the severity of his vocals...like a gollum being tortured.

awesome album

March 5th 2007


I really cant dig these guys... the review is good though

Mr. Brown
March 14th 2007


I just bought the first two tracks of this album on iTunes, and dear god I must buy this album soon!

For Soulseek won't ever work for me.

May 23rd 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

For me, Pentagram is one of those albums that when you first hear it you think "What is this crap?". But like Immortal's Pure Holocaust, the more I listened, the more it grew on me, until it became one of my favourite albums.

That is exactly how i felt when i heard this band, and i love pure holocaust so I should give this another try, you have me sold i'll pick this upThis Message Edited On 05.23.07

August 8th 2007


This album surprised the crap out of me. I'm on the fence about upping this.

February 13th 2008


Album Rating: 3.5

wow...that is raw BM.

I will dig-it before quoting. Its a style of music that need many listening session before we can judge it.

Digging: Meshuggah - None

March 11th 2008


Album Rating: 4.5

My favorite from Gorgoroth. The vocalist on this album, Hat, goes completely insane. You cant really understand what he's saying, but these are some of the best vocals i've heard on a Black Metal album. Its different from the regular scream, he literally screeches. Best song to me is Ritual.

Digging: Wake - Devouring Ruin

March 11th 2008


Holy *** man, you don't have to comment on every album you've ever heard ever.

...For anyone who reads this in the future, he's posted about 35 times in several minutes.This Message Edited On 03.11.08

March 11th 2008


^He's prob just a spammer that will get banned within days.

October 4th 2008


Album Rating: 4.5

Greatest Black Metal vocals I've ever heard, to be honest.

Katharina's Bortgang is my personal favourite, and thats the song I think of when I think "black metal". Along with Transilvanian Hunger of course!

November 30th 2008


Album Rating: 3.5

i just like how groovy this is. its kinda got a thrash vibe to it, which works really well with the vocals.

March 17th 2009


Album Rating: 4.5

This album is Norwegian black metal at its fucking finest. These vocals are still so god damn crazy.

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