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Gorgoroth - Black Mass Krakow 2004 (DVD)

Gorgoroth
Black Mass Krakow 2004 (DVD)
by Yiannis Dafopoulos at 27 June 2008, 11:34 AM

Some days ago I had my birthday and Metal Mind Productions probably knew it since they sent the brand new GORGOROTH DVD to the Metal Temple HQ. I was waiting for some years to be able to witness the specific performance, since I knew that there was no way someone could prevent such a legendary show to be put out on a DVD. As the band said, it was going to be an amazing show with lots of pyro, gallons of blood, live crucifixion and nude models. I think that they kept their promise.

The Norwegian blacksters are definitely a huge chapter in the Black Metal history. They have pushed the genre one step forward with legendary releases like the 1993 demo A Sorcery Written In Blood, their 1994 debut album Pentagram and many more. Unfortunately I lost some of my faith in this band due to the recent tragic events with Gaahl and Infernus having a public war, but that's another thing and I believe that I should stick to this DVD release and forget everything else. After all many people seem to have forgotten that Black Metal used to be an ideology and not just music…

Sometime in 2004, GORGOROTH performed live in Krakow, Poland, and they promised that they would deliver a hell of an extreme show. That was something that annoyed the Polish authorities, which resulted in the band being investigated for the possible breach of Article 196 of Polish penal code concerning offense of religious feelings, as well as breaching a law concerning the protection of animal rights.

Four years after the legendary gig, the show is finally put out on DVD and the band is probably more than happy about it. So, Metal Mind Productions offers one more high quality DVD release with incredible audio and video quality. There has also been a great work on the cameras, since the views you get are fucking awesome (to say the least). The most important thing in this DVD is of course GORGOROTH's performance and the Norwegian cult metallers will definitely not disappoint you. The band set the stage on fire (literally) and delivers a hell of a nice show. Each member is accurate like a Swiss clock and every song sounds amazing. King Ov Hell and Kvitrafn make a solid as a rock rhythm section and Infernus is the classic axeman that spits his poisonous riffing on stage while he bangs his head like a maniac. What about Gaahl? Do you need any comments for the man that has been the body and spirit of GORGOROTH for the last 10 years? This man is a real beast on stage and he doesn't even have to run around like a maniac to 'transmit' his live dynamic to the audience. A frontman that doesn't have to earn our respect, he already has it.

About the bonus video, do not expect many things since it's bootleg quality. The audio and video quality is low, but the good thing is that the band seems a bit more passionate.

The reason why I won't keep on praising the band and this extreme gig (something that Black Metal needs in order to wake up from its sleep) is everything that has happened in the GORGOROTH camp recently. Just to see how funny this situation is, the DVD mentions www.gorgoroth.org as the official website, but the site doesn't mention this release (nor the Regain Records live album that was recently released). The release is mentioned in www.gorgoroth.info, which is the Infernus version. I have really started getting tired with this band.

 

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
Procreating Satan
Forces Of Satan Storms
Possessed (By Satan)
Bergtrollets Hevn
The Rite Of Infernal Invocation
Profetens Apenbaring
Of Ice And Movement…
Odeleggelse Og Undergang
Blood Stains The Circle
Unchain My Heart!!!
Revelation Of Doom
Destroyer
Incipit Satan

Bonus Video (Live At With Full Force Festival, Leipzig, 2000):
- Destroyer
- Incipit Satan
Lineup:
Gaahl - Vocals
Infernus - Guitar
King Ov Hell - Bass
Kvitrafn - Drums (Guest)
Apollyon - Guitar (Guest)
Record Label: Metal Mind Productions
     


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