The last three years have been a strange period for guitarist and composer, Infernus, and Gorgoroth, the band he founded in 1992. He, along with contemporaries such as Immortal, Darkthrone, Barzum, Mayhem and Emperor were the poisoned seed of Norwegian black metal which spread like a beautiful plague across Europe and eventually the world in the early 90s.
Gorgoroth has had as many internal supplicants laid upon its alter as the number of years they’ve been in existence. Infernus, remains as the sole deity of his netherworld. In 2007, former members of Gorgoroth, vocalist Gaahl and bassist, King ov Hell had the gall to attempt to exorcise Infernus from his own band. They further laid claim to legal rights upon the band name. After two years of court battles, Infernus and Gorgoroth were reborn from the ashes of their past, with a new album, its strongest line-up to date.
Former guitarist, Tormentor has returned to the fold, along with vocalist Pest, who is more angry than ever. Infernus reached out to friend and Obituary bassist Frank Watkins to replace the fallen King. Watkins was baptized with the name of Bøddel, the executioner. New drummer Tomas Asklund (Dissection, Infernal, Dark Funeral), co-produced the band’s new album with Infernus.
Gorgoroth’s new album, Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt is simply brutal, and their best in years. Perhaps their best yet. From the opening guitar on “Aneuthanasia” to the ominous finale of “Introibo ad Alatare Satanas,” QPAST is a dark and heavy ode to all that is evil. You can almost hear the blood oozing between layers of guitars, bass and drums. Asklund also engineered the disc, and the CD has the band’s richest sound yet. (You can read John Covington’s album review here).
With years of controversy behind them, Gorgoroth look to cast their shadow upon Europe this spring and if possible, America by year’s end. 2011 should bring a new album from the band . Infernus and Asklund have already been working on bits and pieces in Asklund’s Monolith Studio, where the band recorded Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt.
Metalholic connected with new bassist, Bøddel and discussed juggling two bands and his own management company, religion, the state of Gorgoroth, the new album, fishing in Norway, and Obituary. Listen to the two-part interview below.