“He sent me a message of support. One anecdote affirms that he was educated in a one-room school house alongside but one other student, and that student reportedly committed suicide at the age of 18. * Geir Bratland (DIMMU BORGIR) – Keyboards, Noise User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of For Espedal, coming of age meant starting a black metal band, Trelldom, instead -- a decision clearly instigated by the seismic events, both musical and criminal (church burnings, murder, etc.) "Live At Wacken" includes footage of the group's infamous live show from the 2008 edition of the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany where they performed on the main stage in front of 75,000 screaming fans. But not only did Gaahl come out of the closet, in a recent interview he also says that one of his earliest supporters was former Emperor drummer Bård “Faust” Eithun — who went to prison for murdering a gay man during the Norwegian black metal terror. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. Not content with inciting outrage and loathing with their terrifying music, Satanic posturing, and fearsome corpse-painted, leather-and-spikes image, Gorgoroth took it upon themselves to scandalize the entire country of Poland during a Kraków concert (conveniently captured for subsequent release on DVD) that saw the band performing alongside impaled goat heads and four hooded, stark-naked models crucified on-stage. This development duly earned Gaahl a memorable appearance in Sam Dunn's award-winning documentary, Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, and later made him the focus of vbs.tv's 2007 short feature, True Norwegian Black Metal. Zoek. To cap it all off, Espedal accepted an award for "Gay Person of the Year" at the 2010 Bergen Gay Gala -- further evidence, as if it were needed, of his commendable and unapologetic ownership of his identity. I never believed in a Christian force named Satan. How much do you know about Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl? King) (TEMPLE OF THE BLACK MOON, OV HELL, GORGOROTH) - Bass story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Indeed, throughout his years working with Gorgoroth, Gaahl had run afoul of the law several times, and usually over violent physical altercations of a mysterious and, one might even say, opportunistically mythmaking nature. GOD SEED's "Live At Wacken" DVD and CD was released on January 27 in Europe and January 31 in North America via Indie Recordings. © 2020 Blabbermouth.net It’s so extremely limiting, in the sense of ‘why would anyone care?’ But it’s more frustrating for me to see that people actually have to have some one tell them that it’s okay. Known for his spike- and blood-covered performances and for hissing, “SATAN” in Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, Gaahl is to many the epitome of evil. But in the aftermath of Varg "Count Grishnackh" Vikernes' heinous crimes of the '90s, it was arguably Gaahl who became the most feared black metal artist of the 2000s. Despite all of Gaahl and his bandmates' efforts, however, Trelldom's name never gained much traction above the deepest black metal underground, so, by 1998 Gaahl had begun branching out to work with other bands, including Sigfader, Gaahlskagg, and finally Bergen's comparatively well-established black metal blasphemers, Gorgoroth. “The first person to send me a message after the media caught up with me being gay, was Faust,” he continues. So people can imagine whatever they want, I don’t know anyone in the Norwegian black metal scene that is against gays. Auch sieht er sich als ein Gegner der Church of Satan.. Black Metal. I think it's a suitable name for what we will represent in the future. The singer claimed self-defense on both occasions, but whatever the truth, this provocative combination of musical and personal notoriety not surprisingly helped spread Gaahl's name well beyond the extreme metal community, where he began attracting the interest of international journalists and filmmakers. It is as follows: * Tom Cato Visnes (a.k.a. At the forefront of all of this controversy literally stood Gaahl: no longer just the vocalist but now perceived by many to be Gorgoroth's figurehead -- and not simply as a result of his on-stage antics and musical talent, either. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. Gaahl) (GORGOROTH, TRELLDOM, WARDRUNA) - Vocals Commented King (bass; real name: Tom Cato Visnes): "GOD SEED represents a more spiritual side to us than what GORGOROTH did. Like many protagonists of the Norwegian black metal scene, Gaahl's story is rife with as much manufactured fiction as bona fide fact, equal parts inflated legend and murky history. The group laid down 11 new songs which "will show the band from a different side but well-rooted in what Gaahl and King are known for in the past," according to a press release.