Gorgoroth Biography

A proficient Norwegian black metal band, Gorgoroth was formed in 1992 and took their name from J.R.R. Tolkien’s book The Lord Of The Rings. Although personnel changes have been frequent, the core of the band has always been the guitarist Infernus, with expert assistance from various players on the ever-overlapping black metal scene. Samoth of Emperor played bass on the band’s 1994 debut, Pentagram. The other musicians were drummer Goat and the oddly named vocalist Hat. The follow-up Antichrist was recorded by Infernus, Hat, new singer Pest, and Satyricon drummer Frost (Kjetil Haraldstad). Aeturnus bass player Ares, Pest, and the late Borknagar drummer Grim (b. Erik Brodreskift, 23 December 1969, Norway, d. 4 October 1999) featured on 1997’s Under The Sign Of Hell. Nuclear Blast then signed a long-term recording contract with Gorgoroth, reissuing the Malicious albums and releasing Destroyer which was recorded with guitarist Tormentor, singer Gaahl, the returning Frost, second drummer Vrolok, Ares and second bass player T-Reaper, and synth player Daimonion. The band’s second album for Nuclear Blast, 2000’s Incipit Satan, featured Infernus, Tormentor, Gaahl, bass player King ovHell and drummer Sersjant Erichsen, and continued the band’s obsession with raw, unsophisticated black metal. Gaahl was imprisioned for eighteen months in 2006 for violent assault.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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