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Gorgon - Traditio Satanae

Traditio Satanae
by Chris Hawkins at 01 August 2021, 6:27 AM

While most associate Black Metal with the frozen shores of Scandinavia, pockets of unholy resistance have popped up and indeed flourished in many areas otherwise unexpected.  France is one such area with an abundance of top-shelf Black Metal as revealed by acts as disparate as DEATHSPELL OMEGA, ALCEST, and BLUT AUS NORD.  Another such act from the area is GORGON, a band formed way back in ’91 and as such, this is a sound rife with nostalgic Second Wave Black Metal.

Many bands of the French Black Metal scene lean more toward an experimental or even avant garde approach.  GORGON, however, plays a more straight-forward version:  plodding, aggressive, mostly mid-paced.  Melody is also a key ingredient in the mix.

From the first strains of “Blood of Sorceror,” a powerful precedent is set.  It is a most explosive opener, perfectly setting the standard for all to come after.  “Entrancing Cemetery,” the third track, is yet another high mark, a well-constructed aural assault indicative of the indelible fury coursing through the veins of the album.

The fourth track, “Let Me See Behind,” is nothing short of a riff fest.  Its inherently frantic nature reinforces the urgency of the layered melodies.  Vocally, there is little diversity throughout, but the instrumentation is methodically assembled to create a solid wall of inciteful Black Metal.

The production contained within illustrates truly how far technology has come in the three decades since the band was formed.  When Black Metal as it is presently known was in its inception, it was plagued with less-than-listenable recordings, a true hindrance to broader acceptance.  “Traditio Satanae” reaps the benefits of a modern production as guitars, bass, and percussion are blended to allow each role clarity in the mix.

GORGON has not reinvented the wheel.  What this one-man Black Metal project has managed to do is maintain its credentials in a vastly overcrowded scene.  Other tracks to check out include “Sacrilegious Confessions,” the fifth track, and “My Filth is Worth Your Purity” which follows.  Ultimately, it is a solid album worthy of any Black Metal fan’s time.

Songwriting: 7
Originality: 6
Memorability: 6
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

1. Blood of Sorcerer
2. Death Was Here
3. Entrancing Cemetery
4. Let Me See Behind
5. Sacrilegious Confessions
6. My Filth Is Worth Your Purity
7. Traditio Satanae
8. As Dawn Will Be Slow to Come
9. The Long Quest
10. Scorched Earth Operation
11. At the Beginning Was Hate
Christophe Chatelet - Guitars, Bass, Vocals
Record Label: Osmose Productions


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Edited 08 December 2022

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