|Review: Gorgoroth - Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt|
|Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt|
Label: Regain Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: November 2, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt
So. A new Gorgoroth album. I confess I haven't been paying much attention to their recent career, as the last album of theirs I heard was Incipit Satan way back in 2000. I generally find that I only really enjoy their debut album Pentagram with its heavy Celtic Frost/Bathory vibe, and every album since then has been a little more generic and less interesting. Now I realize that you could argue that they can't be generic if they helped invent the sound we now call ‘generic', but that is a hurdle that other bands, such as Immortal, have managed to clear gracefully, so it's not impossible.
All that aside, this isn't bad. It's more in the vein of newer works by other second-wave bands like Darkthrone and Satyricon, with a stripped-down, upfront guitar sound and not many layers to the music, making for a more simplistic, more direct sound. The riffs aren't bad, but then there is nothing really arresting here either. The sound is okay, if not quite as raw as I like. The vocals are a nice sharp rasp that's a bit too loud. The drums are a problem, as they are obviously triggered and run through an electronic system. They sound fake, especially the kick drum. The mix sucks, as it was obviously done by someone who has no idea what Black Metal is supposed to be about. It's mixed like a rock album: drums and bass here, guitars here, vocals on top. There is no use of the mix to create an unnerving atmosphere, or any kind of atmosphere at all.
I guess that's my problem with this: It's a decent enough album, but it's far too accessible and conventional to really be a good Black Metal album. The rawness is punky rather than grim, and the rhythms are too bouncy and dull. A lot of this sounds alike, and it doesn't sound good enough to justify the repetition. If this is the best Gorgoroth can manage, then maybe they'd better just pack it in.
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