Pentagram (Gorgoroth album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 12, 1994
Recordedearly 1994 at Grieghallen Studio
Genre Black metal
Label Embassy Productions
Producer Pytten, Gorgoroth
Gorgoroth chronology
Promo '94
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Pentagram is the debut studio album by Norwegian black metal band Gorgoroth, released in September 1994 by Embassy Productions. [3] It followed the band's two demo cassettes, A Sorcery Written in Blood and Promo '94 . It was the only album to feature Samoth on bass and Goat Pervertor on drums.

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Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe whose territory comprises the western and northernmost portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula; the remote island of Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard are also part of the Kingdom of Norway. The Antarctic Peter I Island and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island are dependent territories and thus not considered part of the kingdom. Norway also lays claim to a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land.

Black metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music. Common traits include fast tempos, a shrieking vocal style, heavily distorted guitars played with tremolo picking, raw (lo-fi) recording, unconventional song structures, and an emphasis on atmosphere. Artists often appear in corpse paint and adopt pseudonyms.

Gorgoroth Norwegian black metal band

Gorgoroth is a Norwegian black metal band based in Bergen. It was formed in 1992 by guitarist Infernus, who is also the only original member remaining, and the band have since released nine studio albums. Gorgoroth are a Satanic band and have drawn controversy due to some of their concerts, which have featured impaled sheep heads and mock crucifixions. The band is named after the dead plateau of darkness in the land of Mordor from J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings.



Pentagram was reissued seven times, four of those on CD: in 1996 by Malicious Records, in 1999 by Century Black in America, in 2005 as a remastered version on Season of Mist and in 2007 on Regain Records. It was reissued three times on 12" vinyl: by Malicious Records in 1996 (limited to 500 copies), by Agonia Records in 2005 (limited to 1000 copies) and in 2006 by Back on Black Records.

Remaster refers to changing the quality of the sound or of the image, or both, of previously created recordings, either audiophonic, cinematic, or videographic.

Season of Mist is an independent record label and record distributor with subsidiaries in France and the United States. The record label was founded in 1996 by Michael S. Berberian in Marseille, France. From the start releasing black metal, pagan metal and death metal records, the label moved on to releasing albums of avant-garde metal, gothic metal and punk bands as well. The label has two offices, one in Marseille, France and one in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Regain Records was a Swedish-based independent record label. The label predominantly released death metal and black metal albums. Regain Records was founded from what remained of the former label, Wrong Again Records, by Per Gyllenbäck in 1997. Wrong Again Records had such bands as In Flames, Cryptopsy, Arch Enemy, and Naglfar among its ranks.

Track listing

1."Begravelsesnatt" ("Burial Night")HatGoat Pervertor2:33
2."Crushing the Scepter (Regaining a Lost Dominion)" Infernus Infernus3:22
4."Drömmer om Död" ("Dreaming of Death")HatGoat Pervertor3:44
5."Katharinas bortgang" ("Katharina's Passing")InfernusGoat Pervertor4:03
6."Huldrelokk" Infernus1:52
7."(Under) The Pagan Megalith"Goat PervertorGoat Pervertor3:53
8."Maaneskyggens Slave" ("The Moon-Shadow's Slave")InfernusInfernus5:53
Total length:29:11


Additional personnel

Promo '94

Promo '94
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Demo album by
ReleasedApril 1994 (1994-04)
Genre Black metal
Label Self-released
Gorgoroth chronology
A Sorcery Written in Blood
Promo '94

Promo '94 is the second demo by Gorgoroth. It was independently released in 1994 on cassette, and featured raw mixes of two tracks from Pentagram.

Track listing

  1. "Katharinas bortgang" – 3:57
  2. "Måneskyggens slave" – 5:47


Additional personnel

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