Ongoing History Daily: More fun with black metal

So you think that today’s music is a little lightweight and lacks real rebellion, do you? Perhaps then you need to get into black metal from Norway. You might wish to start with a band called Gorgoroth.

Led by guitarists Infernus and Tormentor along with a drummer named “Goat Perverter”–yes, that’s the name he uses–Gorgoroth took live performances to various extremes. An example from 2005: They played a gig in Krakow, Poland, after which they were charged with religious defilement. Why? I don’t know. It could be that their stage show used 100 litres of blood and seven impaled sheep heads. Everyone in the band played with sheep entrails around their necks.

Oh, and the “religious defilement?” That probably had something to do with the hooded naked women mounted on crucifixes on stage.

Gorgoroth. Fun times with Norwegian black metal.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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