Wednesday, February 10, 2010


SKULL and BONES.COM promoted a fan Question and Answer interview with Norwegian black metal legends GORGOROTH. FROM SKULL and BONES.COM:
Why won't you allow your lyrics to be printed anywhere?
Tormentor: We've chosen not to enclose the lyrics with the product because we believe that the music, the atmosphere it creates, artwork (cover) and the words works best combination, served as a whole.

Krakow was an insane feat. Do you fear that such theatrics will overshadow the music, and can Gorgoroth ever top this?
Infernus: No, we do not. Obviously, we don't. And for what the future will bring, time will tell.

What do you think are the proper measures a serious artist should take to become truly focused and immersed in their art, while achieving a level of esteem and recognition in the industry?
Tormentor: 100% honesty towards oneself and the concept or aim of the band. Everything else is secondary.

Gorgoroth, I'm sure you have already heard about the upcoming Lords of Chaos film where Varg will be portrayed by an actor from the Twilight movie. Do you care to share you feelings on this? Do you think this will have an affect on one of your country's biggest exports, black metal?
Tormentor: I don't think it will have an effect on black metal from Norway. It has already been exposed massively through 1000 documentaries etc etc. Personally I can't see how this movie can turn out well in any way what so ever. It's a pretty good chance that it'll become a grandiose turkey.

Hello, I was wondering if the Live In Grieghallen gonna be released with pest on vocals?
Infernus: the move is on the record label. We did our part of the job, and we did it properly. Anyway, for my concern, this is not really a big deal. They release it, or we simply just record another live album.. And at the same time make sure it turns out like that as well - a live album.

How did you guys get started in using so much bizarre and evil stage setups and imagery? Did it all start when you got signed and had enough money, or have you always done it?
Infernus: you really care? I guess if you did, you would probably do your homework a bit better. But, by all means, I do get your point.. It should go without saying that bigger budgets allow use of bigger quantities of stage props. That's easy mathematics.

What is your favorite place to play in? and why is it so great to you guys?
Infernus: They are many, good in each their way. Personally - if I am forced into being more specific - I would say I am fond of venues like Planet Music in Vienna, and of the Party San-festival. First and foremost for the professional mind set and organizations behind these institutions in contemporary European metal music business. Then, I would have to say I am very fond of Latin America as a whole. But the reasons why become a bit more vague. I believe it has something with the mentality and dedication to do, and this attracts me. Performing live in countries like Colombia, Argentina and Brazil - I guess I will never grow tired of it!

When are you guys gonna tour the USA????
Bøddel: At the moment we have nothing booked but we plan to torch US soil some time later in 2010!

Infernus, what are your thoughts on the coming years/2012 and the outcome of this new age?
Infernus: For me and my band is concerned, the upcoming years will represent the same as always before. Loads of hard work, and all that just exactly to be able to continue what we are doing. Continuing it our way. Our, and no one else's. Without any cheap or desperate tricks on finding an easy way around. Whether this will fit in with what is regarded as fashionable or not, we'll see about. I feel confident we are fit to outgrow any trend as the situation is now, as long as we just continue doing and delivering what feels right. So, big deal - plastic people go listening to plastic music. We do not need you anyway. Beyond that - you want me to predict about the coming of the age of Satan - I assume. But I will not. Because it is all here already, for the one who can read the signs. Either you've got it, or you don't. Sad but true, yeah!

To Infernus: I know you went to University, because Gaahl told it in an Interview, so what did you study there and what was your Job, when Gorgoroth was still at the beginning?
Infernus: I have a degree, yes. So what. Perhaps you should try it one day. It ain't that bad. And, contrary to many people's understanding, it fits in perfectly well with both being a metal musician and a Satanist.

Do you believe in a life after death?
Tormentor: No. If I'm wrong I'll be extremely disappointed.

We understand the language of Christians that call you evil, but with that said, is the purpose of Gorgoroth to truly transform the individuals and fans into True spiritual beings with True Morality being the real message or is it about the annihilation of the human race via misanthropy?
Tomas Asklund: I'd settle for a vast reduction of the named species.
-If the latter, is it more so with the transforming the individual, or pointless violence/murdering?
Tomas Asklund: To each his own...

What is in the inner heart mind and soul that you are willing to reveal to the public in the hopes that the Will of Gorgoroth will be done?
Tomas: We channel the Satanic essence with our music, but what is heard in the performance is only a representation, the essence is to be found within the individual, the listener.

What do you want the legacy of Gorgoroth to be?
Bøddel: The legacy is and always will be the most vicious and feared band to ever exist!

How do you want to be remembered?
Infernus: as honest and hard hitting. Not necessarily understood and liked by all and everybody. But as a person and musician daring to be himself. That should do!
Also, ex GORGOROTH members GAAHL and KING filed a lawsuit vs. REGAIN records
to halt the release of a planned GORGOROTH live disc, REGAIN records states the label is NOT bankrupt.
FROM BLABBERMOUTH.NET:Former members of the Norwegian black metal band GORGOROTH and the Swedish record label Regain Records have issued separate statements regarding the resolution of their legal dispute over the release of the allegedly unauthorized release of GORGOROTH's "Live in Grieghallen" album via Regain. Both statements appear in their entirety below.

Statement from former GORGOROTH members King (real name: Tom Cato Visnes) and Gaahl (real name: Kristian Espedal):

"On December 17, 2009, authorities in Malmö, Sweden decided in favor of King and Gaahl in their case brought against Regain Records for the unauthorized release of GORGOROTH's 'Live in Grieghallen' album. Regain Records has been found to have broken their contract with King/Gaahl on numerous accounts, has been forbidden by the courts to sell this album in the future and has been ordered to pay all legal costs and compensation in the case.

"In anticipation of the verdict, Regain Records filed bankruptcy to Lund Tingsrett in Sweden and was declared bankrupt on December 8, 2009 (Regain Records and Entertainment AB corporate identity number 556689-1825). Peter Överman from Ackordcentralen, Sweden is named as liquidator and is now working on getting an overview of Regain's financial situation as well as handling the claims from Gaahl and King on unpaid royalties, among other claims."

Statement from Regain Records:

"Due to misleading rumors being spread through GOD SEED's [King and Gaahl's post-GORGOROTH project] MySpace page regarding the bankruptcy of Regain Records, we would like to clarify to all who have contacted us recently that Regain Records is not in bankruptcy.

"We would also like to make clear that the dispute that concerns 'Live In Grieghallen' only involves Tom Cato Visnes (a.k.a. King Ov Hell), Regain Records and Entertainment AB, since a settlement with Kristian Espedal (a.k.a. Gaahl) was already reached in 2009. The legal outcome of this trial has no bearing on Regain Records nor does it influence our future in any way. It is also incorrect that Regain Records owes any unpaid royalties to Tom Cato Visnes or Kristian Espedal.

"Furthermore, Regain Records is very content with the fact that we are still working with the band GORGOROTH and the fact that we choose to support the rightful owner of the trademark, namely Roger Tiegs (a.k.a. Infernus). This has always been our main priority during the various legal proceedings which have involved GORGOROTH in one way or another."

Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-