Gorgoroth Interview

This interview was conducted with Gaahl from the Norwegian black metal band Gorgoroth shortly after an incident with the Polish authorities. The interview was done over telephone 13-02-2004. TW = The Welkin, GA = Gaahl.

TW> First of all I’d like to thank you for doing the interview today.

GA> Yeah, no problem.

TW> I guess you’ve had quite a few interviews lately [chuckles].

GA> I let the others do the interviews yesterday so this is actually the first one for today.

TW> OK. Well let’s just get to the questions then…There has obviously been a lot of commotion around your band lately. Could you just tell us a little bit about what happened when you were on tour in Poland? Was it dramatic when the police confiscated your tapes?

GA> It actually went quite well. There were first of all good guys to work with who did what they were told to. I guess I didn’t expect such a big fuss around the whole thing. So there wasn’t really anything special.

TW> So you weren’t really prepared for this kind of a response at all [police taking the tapes]?…Seeing as Poland is a pretty Christian country and Krakow is the hometown of the Pope?

GA> We weren’t really prepared for it, no. But it was obviously a metal crowd we were playing to, so there wasn’t much “white christ” going through their minds at the time. [laughs]

TW> So it wasn’t anyone in the audience who warned the police..?

GA> No, it was a guy working with the television crew. And we didn’t notice anything until we came to the airport the next day, where I was almost held back by the authorities.

TW> So it wasn’t during or when you came out of the concert at all that it happened?

GA> No, it was a totally normal concert, beyond the special things we had set up for the DVD that we were taping for that night. It was only on the way home that we noticed that anything was wrong at all.

TW> What do you think will happen now? Will the Norwegian authorities pursue it, the Polish police, or is it just a “show for the masses” so to speak?

GA> I’m not sure anyone’s going to bother here in Norway. What would they do? It’s a form for artistic expression. What could they nail us on really?

TW> It’s not really a violation of the law…?

GA> Only the blasphemy paragraph as far as I could see, but it was done for a closed crowd, not for the general public or the media. It was a DVD obviously, but it was only to be available to those who wanted to buy it. I don’t really see a problem here at all. It was only coincidental that the authorities saw it this way.

TW> That DVD that you’re producing…?

GA> We’re working on it as planned and hoping that we’ll get the material back from the recording company. From what we hear from Metal Mind, interrogations with their staff are taking place from the police. The boss in Metal Mind is actually risking at least 2 years in jail, because he knew that everything was going to happen.

TW> Because Metal Mind knew that the show was going to happen, didn’t they? They knew what would happen?

GA> They knew everything, they had bought everything for us [sheep’s blood etc.].

TW> Well, otherwise, what’s going on with Gorgoroth? Are you taking a break now or is all going ahead as planned?

GA> No, we’re heading down to South America and maybe Italy in the next month to play some shows, so that’s the nearest plans. And we’ll have to see how my court trial here in Norway goes as well.

TW> Yeah, what’s the status there?

GA> There’s a new date set for April, and we’ll just have to see how that goes. The prosecution is coming with a new charge then, but I doubt anything will happen. There’s no potential danger, I think. Although I suppose you never know what the Norwegian authorities are going to think of next [chuckles].

TW> More generally with your music. Obviously it’s hostile to Christianity as a religion. How did it come to be this way? Was it something from your childhood, a bad experience with the religion? Is there just too much rain in Bergen making you depressed and grim?

GA> I think it’s a phenomena that stretches beyond the immediate surroundings of Bergen. I think it’s just the individual that perceives things. Christianity is not exactly built around the idea of the individual. So, any individual will see that Christianity, or indeed other religions like Islam and Judaism are not good. The reason that Christianity is being attacked by many Norwegians is that Christianity has, and has had for a good time now, a strong position here. It’s a real, concrete danger.

TW> It doesn’t exactly look good for Christianity here either? Things are turning more secular, maybe with a split between the State and the Church.

GA> Yes, but the problem is that Christianity has come and brought with it diseases like democracy and socialism. These won’t disappear if you “secularize” because if these stay, the mentality of Christianity will remain regardless. Particularly in the idea of Human-Ethics. It’s Christianity in practice, just without God, if you see what I mean.

TW> Yeah…A bit of a funny question: How do you go about explaining all the fuss about your music to, say, your grandmother or your mother? Is it difficult to have normal relations with your family and still combine it with being controversial or is that not really an issue…?

GA> I have a family which has a very great respect for what I do. They know that what I do is true, but I can’t answer for the rest of the band obviously.

TW> If you think about metal in the rest of the world for a moment. Are you dismayed with how everything is going, or are there any particular bands we need to look out for?

GA> It’s hard to say really. The scene has changed very quickly. It’s not nearly as good as a few years back. There are disadvantages and advantages, but we as a band chiefly have to focus on our own thing. Do what’s right for us, not get caught up in the others. We can’t have a flock mentality. Black metal can’t be an organisation.

TW> So you see yourselves as indivudals set apart from the rest of the “scene”?

GA> Satanism is individualism so …. We feel no commitment, but of course there are bands we respect.

TW> What’s happening in Bergen with black metal?

GA> Nothing really. Most of the bands have dissolved or are on their way out. It’s mostly Gorgoroth left, holding the fort. Enslaved is moving in different directions, Immortal has obviuosly split up and Taake is still around. But mostly I think not too much is going on around here.

TW> Why do you think black metal is so popular in the rest of the world, outside of Norway? How can we explain this phenomenon?

GA> I think we can explain it with its trueness, that it’s genuine. I suppose it appeals to lots of people. People are saturated with most of everything, and are continuously being bombarded with much of the same. I suppose they find something else, a meaning, in black metal. It speaks to people who don’t follow the crowd.

TW> Well, that’s about all we had time for actually. Thanks for giving us a call.

GA> Yeah, I have some more interviews too. Thank you.

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The latest entries in the Chill2Music weblog

Below are the latest entries in the Chill2Music weblog. The topics covered on this weblog are general music, latest scandals, rumours, videos, games and more. Basically, everything that is related to music.

January 07, 2005
Dj Shog – Another World – Review
Another World, by DJ Shog, really starts off very nicely. It starts off by 3/4 tunes that get repeated again and again during the whole song. These tunes are very addictive, and you’ll probably want to sing these tunes yourself.

Getting back to the beginning, after the first 3 tunes, the beat kicks in, while those tunes are still going on. This is again a very good mix for a club or café. This song is an excellent dance/trance song.

After about 30 seconds of those tunes and the background beat, which are both very addictive elements of this song, the background beat pauses for a few seconds, and the title (“Into Another World”) is said by a female voice, after which another kind of beat starts, this time without the tunes.

After 20 seconds of this new beat, the old beat returns with the addictive tunes. This will then go on for about 40 seconds again. After that it seems the beat stops for a split-second, but it returns immediately, this time a lot stronger and intense. The bass in this beat is excellent.

After about 20/30 seconds of this beat, with background tunes, the beat stops and so do the background tunes. Now a female voice will talk for about 10/20 seconds. The words she speaks are very “magical” and have an echoed effect.

After the female voice is done talking, you will get a short beat of about 10 seconds which is reasonably quite compared to the rest of the song. After this short beat, the first beat kicks in again, very loudly (and proudly). After 20 seconds of this beat, the background tunes kick in as well, making the song complete again.

This beat, with background tunes, slowly fades out, which makes this song end very well.
My Personal Opinion

In case you didn’t know yet, I’m a huge fan of dance/trance songs, so it’s no surprise this song ranks very well for me. I like it a lot, and I’ve listened to for over 15 times already, but I’m still not bored off it.

I very much like those 3/4 tunes that keep getting repeated during the song. These tunes are very addictive, and make it excellent for people to groove a long to this song, especially in clubs. I can already imagine everyone shouting out these tunes, while the beat blasts away. Excellent!

I like the way this song has been mixed together. Each beat fades over into each other very well, and there aren’t any sudden silences or loud noises. It’s very friendly to your ears. It’s a very relaxing, but still a FANTASTIC song to dance to!

My rating: 8/10

Written by Dennis Pallett at 04:57 PM
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Double You – Run to me – Review
Run to me, by Double You, is an excellent soft trance/dance song. If you are looking for a “quiet” trance song, then this is worth listening to. Run to me also has lyrics, unlike many other trance songs. Even if you are not a trance fan, you will enjoy this song.

It starts out very softly, and increases the beat as the song goes a long. If you are feeling depressed or down for any reason, it’s recommended you listen to this song. It’s very uplifting, and after having listened to his song, you will immediately feel a bit better again.

Like many trance/dance songs, it has a very catchy beat to it, and its chorus is very addictive as well. This song is excellent for clubs and cafe’s, as people will definitely feel like dancing to this song.

Although Double You isn’t very famous at all, it is still very much worth to listen to their songs. You will most definitely like them!
Written by Dennis Pallett at 04:56 PM
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Groove Coverage – Poison – Review
Groove Coverage with the song Poison is in my opinion a real hit. Although not many people know of Groove Coverage (in fact, I hadn’t heard about them, until someone referred me to them), this song is an absolute topper.

It’s a type of dance song, excellent for clubs, as you can easily groove to this song (the name Groove Coverage says it all!). Even people that don’t like dance songs, will most likely find this song to be very attractive.

With a length of 3 minutes and 30 seconds, this song manages to find a good balance between making the song long enough for people to enjoy it, and short enough for people to stay focused to it. This isn’t an easy thing to do, but Groove Coverage did a very good job on this.

Another good thing about this song are the (semi)quiet bits in between, and then the way it builds up a climax. It really makes you want to get up, and start raving all the way.

Overall, I’d say this song is one of the best dance songs around, and I hope it’ll get more popular soon, so it’ll be played more in the clubs. This is truly a tune to groove to!
Written by Dennis Pallett at 04:56 PM
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Interactive – Forever Young – Review
Forever Young, by Interactive is a very happy, and addictive tune. Although it isn’t original (it’s a cover), it’s still a good song nonetheless, and very worthy of buying/downloading.

It starts out with a weird intro, which really starts to get you moving right at the start. After that the real beat starts. The real beat is a very strong bass background, very rhythmic. That’ll really get you moving.

After about 25-30 seconds of the real beat, it is interrupted again, with the weird starting intro, but this time it’ll have some lyrics being sung by a woman’s voice. This sounds very “happy”, and if you are feeling depressed for any reason, then this is the song to really cheer you up.

After about 3 or 4 sentences of lyrics, the real beat kicks in again, but the lyrics keep going on (“Forever Young, I wanna be forever young”). Although it may be bit of a sound overload, with the beat blasting in the background, and the lyrics, it still manages to keep it reasonably clear, for you to enjoy to.

While the real beat is still going on, and the lyrics are still being sung as well, the weird intro tune comes back again. This time however the real beat doesn’t stop! This is a really interesting mix, and I must say, this sounds pretty cool. It really makes this song sound very hip, and it’s probably excellent for in the clubs and cafes.

At the end you’ll hear “Forever Young” for the last time, with an echoing effect of Young, and a fade out. Very nicely done.
My Personal Opinion

My personal opinion about this song is very positive. Because I’m already a big fan of dance/trance songs, with a good bass behind it, this song was bound to be positive in my book. But even people who have never really cared for dance songs, will most probably like this one.

It has an excellent beat, and the lyrics are fine as well. The good mix of different porno beats and speeds during the song really gives another dimension to this song, which makes it so good.

Another good thing about this song is the fact that it’ll definitely cheer you up. If you are really feeling depressed/worried for some reason, I recommend you play this song, on a good sound system with a loud bass and a high volume. It will cheer you up within minutes, and forget about all your worries.