Gorgoroth / Kampfar / Gehenna / De Profundis
Venue: The Fleece, Bristol
Black metal originals fail to go the distance
By their very nature – tonight’s flier awkwardly displays past members King and Gaahl – any appearance by Gorgoroth will always be met with a degree of inquiry and suspense by both hardened black metallers and casual onlookers alike, as the diverse crowd here testifies.
“We’re the least scary band of the night,” assures DE PROFUNDIS  singer Craig Land, as he tries to spark interest in his band’s heroic, progressive take on extreme metal. Despite the rumbling sound doing little for their flourishes, the imaginative arrangements and thrill of The Illumination and Singularity are delivered with the gusto and proficiency of a band headlining an arena. In comparison the churning, ominous maelstrom GEHENNA  is a frightening presence. Even though the Norwegians have dispensed with their corspsepaint, the grim drawn-out passages of Death To Them All and Werewolf create an air of grimness that gets even harsher as the likes of Abattoir increase the tempo. The band’s obvious discontent with their sound also adds to a tempestuous, uncomfortable experience.