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Review: Gorgoroth - Antichrist

Label: Regain Records
Year released: 1996
Duration: 24:59
Tracks: 6
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: January 10, 2008
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (40 Votes)

This was the second release for Gorgoroth, put out just as the first flood-tide of the Scandinavian BM scene was receding. I hesitate to even call this an album, as it's only 25 minutes long - barely EP length. But then Gorgoroth have almost never managed to produce a long album, so this is pretty much par.

Overall, this is not as enjoyable as their debut "Pentagram", as it's much more standard and not as old-school sounding. The riffage is solid, and the guitar tone is cool, but the sound is less chunky and I hear less of the first wave influence than I did on the killer debut. The songwriting is a bit more advanced, but the approach is much busier, so sometimes the subtlety gets lost in the wall of noise. The last track "Sorg" has the best riffs and a slower, heavier groove than the rest of the disc, which is good but rather faceless. Short, and not good enough to make up for that entirely.

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