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Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
Gorgoroth & GehennaGorgoroth is a Norwegian black metal band based in Bergen. It was formed in 1992 by guitarist Infernus, who is also the only original member remaining, and the band have since released nine studio albums. Gorgoroth are a Satanic band and have drawn controversy due to some of their concerts, which have featured impaled sheep heads and mock crucifixions. The band is named after the dead plateau of darkness in the land of Mordor from J. R. R. Tolkien`s fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings. Gorgoroth are known for their satanic-themed and anti-Christian lyrics. The band`s founder and guitarist Infernus is openly a theistic satanist and considers himself `Satan`s minister on Earth`. He formed Gorgoroth to express his Satanist beliefs. The band`s former vocalist Gaahl is openly anti-Christian. In an interview for the 2005 heavy metal documentary Metal: A Headbanger`s Journey, Gaahl was asked what inspired Gorgoroth`s music and his reply was simply `Satan`. When asked what he believes Satan represents, he said `Freedom`.Gaahl explained his use of Satanic and anti-Christian themes:`We live in a Christian world and we have to speak their language ... When I use the word `Satan` it means the natural order, the will of a man, the will to grow, the will to become the superman and not to be oppressed by any law such as the church, which is only a way to control the masses. `Gaahl and Infernus were openly supportive of the church burnings in the early 1990s perpetrated by members of the black metal scene in the early 1990s. Gaahl further said, `there should have been more of them, and there will be more of them`Gehenna are a Norwegian black metal band. Jackie Smit of Chronicles of Chaos called Gehenna`s third album, Malice, `a sterling example of symphonic black metal`.According to Sanrabb, the album was `more influenced by the music we listen to ourselves, which basically is classical music and straight-forward heavy metal`.Gehenna broke with symphonic black metal after that album. According to Smit, Murder was `a misguided attempt at a death metal record`, which disappointed many fans of the band`s earlier style. The vocals on that album were closer to shoutings typical for thrash metal than to the high screams typical for Norwegian black metal. In 2002, the band announced that the following album would be `a bit more melodic and keyboard-based than the last two`, and that `people who liked the first three albums will be into the new material`. Yet WW was `not so much a black metal phoenix rising from the ashes, but a band completely redefining their philosophy toward songwriting […], choosing […] to throw its lot in with the grim sounds of Darkthrone and Burzum. Indeed the record`s harsh, raw guitar tone is very similar to the one that gave _Hvis Lyset Tar Oss_ such a maleficent feel, while Dolgar`s vocals drip with an unnerving and coarse hatred as the band hammer out their themes of war and destruction at a frenetic pace