Mixtape: Tormentor (Gorgoroth)

By on 6 March 2013

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Although you could accuse him of looking over Erik from Watain’s shoulder, this mix tape from Gorgoroth guitarist Tormentor goes to prove how vital Bathory and Von were to creating the chaotic cacophony that became known as black metal and how bands like Vomitor and Gorgoroth themselves are striving to keep that dirty sound alive.  Originally published in Terrorizer 192, January 2010.

BLASPHEMY ‘Demoniac’ FROM ‘FALLEN ANGEL OF DOOM’ (WILD RAGS 1990)

“I got this album right after its release but didn’t get into it’s brilliance until years later. It sure is a classic. Together with Beherit, Von, Volcano, early Profanatica, Sarcofago, Impaled Nazarene it represents black metal before the Norwegian wave of decent releases in the early ‘90’s.”

DARKTHRONE ‘The Hordes Of Nebulah’ FROM ‘PANZERFAUST’ (MOONFOG 1995)

“Norway’s finest! Black metal in its purest form. It’s hard to pick one Darkthrone track for a mix tape, but it’ll be this one. The genre was soaked with high speed and a bit stereotypical vocals at the time, then Darkthrone came up with this one; slow and ugly, with the most necro vocals ever.”

VON ‘Satanic Blood’ FROM ‘SATANIC BLOOD’ (SELF-RELEASED 1992)

“This demo blew me away when I heard it the first time. I received it right after it’s release, actually on a mix tape. The guy who compiled it was close to Varg Vikernes, who was a big fan of this demo. I think Varg spread the word pretty well in the Norwegian scene, even wearing a VON shirt in court. Its brilliance lies in the monotonous and repetitive style.”

VOMITOR ‘Pain Of Death’ FROM ‘BLEEDING THE PRIEST’ (METALBLOODMUSIC 2002)

“I still can’t believe that this album was released 2002. Sounds more like pre-’86. It’s the perfect blend of Sodom and Blasphemy. This band’ve got everything I like with metal. Its rawness is in a league of its own, it’s aggressive and dirty and blasphemic. The cover is one of the best ever. Their riffs and song structures are extraordinary, particularly on this track.”

SLAYER ‘Reborn’ FROM ‘REIGN IN BLOOD’ (DEF JAM 1986)

“A rather predictable choice, I guess, but something from this album must be featured. ‘Reborn’ always was my favourite track, but every song on this release is great. It’s the ultimate album. It’s extremely aggressive and dark. One of the LP’s that made me buy a guitar in the first place. The cover artwork is perfect and the album sure did bring something new into extreme metal. All Slayer’s releases are, by the way, good.”

BATHORY ‘Sacrifice’ FROM ‘BATHORY’ (UNDERONEFLAG/BLACK MARK 1984)

“Maybe the most important black metal band for me as a performer. Bathory had four superb releases, but I like the debut most, mainly because of the heavy Venom-ish influence, only pushed way further. The cover artwork with the ultimate goat’s head is perhaps the best ever. No mercy.”

HELLHAMMER ‘Crucifixion’ FROM ‘SATANIC RITES’ (PROWLING DEATH 1983)

“The coolest release from Tom G and co. This demo is timeless and ‘Crucifixion’ sums it all up. Pretty simple and straight to the point black death, with a production that fits the songs perfectly.”

OBITUARY ‘Slowly We Rot’ FROM ‘SLOWLY WE ROT’ (ROADRACER 1989)

I was deeply into death metal in the ‘80’s until the beginning of (the) ‘90’s. Morbid Angel, Obituary, Possessed, Sadus and Autopsy brought renewed brutality into extreme metal. In Obituary there was some kind of link from early European thrash/death (Hellhammer/Celtic Frost etc) to US death metal, which appealed to me. I’ve always appreciated Obituary’s heaviness and rawness.”

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