Gorgoroth

The Rock, Copenhagen - 2011

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

Gorgoroth, one of the blackest of Norway’s black metal bands were headlining this Thursday at The Rock, were we earlier in the evening had been entertained by Vader and Valkyrja.
Now it was time to turn the lights down low however, and feel the presence of the Dark One enter the room...

Yes, the lights may have been turned down, but the pressure and the heat wasn’t – The Rock was more filled with lost souls than Satan’s own backyard by the Gorgoroth entered. A word to the wise to not get too close to the stage however, as the band was sporting some seriously pointy studs on, well, everything really.
The large audience didn’t heed the warning though, and even though no injury was caused (as far as I know), there was some wild headbanging being done right up to the very point of metal impaling on the shin-guards of the band-members. Take only a step or two back in the lines, and you would see a wildly thrashing moshpit taking place, quite the opposite to what I had seen the audience do in response to the music of the two former bands; clearly people had come to see and hear Gorgoroth as the primary dealer of entertainment this night.

Well, that is all well and good, if only the band was equally up to the task of handing out some entertainment, something prior experiences made me doubt they were...
This night however, it seemed like things might go down differently than what I had expected; vocalist Thomas ’Pest’ Kronenes was showing signs of a severely increased vitality as he moved about on the stage and headbanged from time to time. Not that he spoke much, but he managed to get the crowd singing along to both Ødeleggelse Og Undergang and later to Incipit Satan.
The band in general was actually much livelier in their performance than I remembered them, only band-leader Roger ’Infernus’ Tiegs was still lagging behind as he was mostly just drooping his head with the occasional powerless headbang being the only distraction from his playing...
It wasn’t all good though; Gorgoroth suffered from a seriously lousy sound-mix, again quite the contrary to their support-bands which had both had decent to very good sound. Or maybe suffered isn’t the right word, maybe it was intentional to make it sound more grim and truly black? I never know with these bands, it could go either way, but whether or not it was intentional, it still sounded crappy.

Even with the improvement in performance, Gorgoroth was still the worst experience for me this night. They just didn’t catch my interest one bit.
Their evil doings sat well with the rest of the audience however, which was apparent from the massive response they were getting, so maybe it’s just me who doesn’t get this kind of thing...

Setlist:

Bergtrollets Hevn
Aneuthanasia
Prayer
Katharinas Bortgang
Revelation Of Doom
Forces Of Satan Storms
The Rite Of Infernal Invocation
Ødeleggelse Og Undergang
Blood Stains The Circle
Satan-Prometheus
Destroyer
Incipit Satan
Krig
Profetens Åpenbaring
Unchain My Heart!!!

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