Gorgoroth - Under the Sign of Hell 2011 - 0.07

Re-recorded versions of classic albums usually polarize fans with more tendency to negative criticism. From my listening experience I consider this one a failure.

The production is a lot cleaner than on the original, and I must say it's sterile. The atmosphere of the original cannot be found here. Drums are catastrophic. Beats sound sampled like on QPAST, which aren't that bad like there, but nowhere near to the evil sound from '97. Since Grim (RIP) couldn't play drums here for obvious reasons, Tomas Asklund handles them with less skill, and you can hear this instantly when the album kicks in with Revelation of Doom.

Guitar-wise, the album would be okay if wasn't ruined by the production. The total absence of the solo in The Rite of Infernal Invocation is another problem here. Bass guitar is also played by Infernus and is a bit harder to hear, so I won't comment it.

Pest repeats his role here as vocalist. This could be good news. His voice is the same as on Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt, which I find rather mediocre after his performance on the original version or Destroyer (album). Clean vocals are good in Profetens åpenbaring, but not great. Even Gaahl did better on the True Norwegian Black Metal CD. Another thing I miss are the 'clean' vocals in Blood Stains the Circle as they are replaced here with regular growls.

I find only two improvements over the original. The first of them is the absence of Postludium. I mean, that track was totally useless and more like a filler. The second one is how Pest forms the words. I can finally understand the majority of the English lyrics (I don't speak Norwegian).

To conclude everything, this one was a big mistake, maybe a cash grab. Do yourself a favour and do not buy this blindly because of the original! Get something worth your money instead.

I posted this originally on Encycopædia Metallum the day this album was released (took a week to be moderated and was edited later for typos), I listened to it more times since then. My opinion hasn't changed much.

I managed to find the main problem of this re-recording. Either the original was sped-up (like many second-wave black metal albums) or this was slowed down. I was playing around with both versions of the song The Devil is Calling in Nero Wave Editor because I was deciphering the lyrics of the song for the original version (this is the only song I like from the new version by the way). I even varied the pitch (and the length) when I found the problem. Maybe if this had the same pitch as the original, I'd have given it a much better score, I'm not allergic to re-recordings by default.

To make a long story short: to Hell with Tomas Asklund!

The next time I'll write about a tribute EP to USBM band VON. The structure of that post will be similar to this.

As the end of the post, let the old version of the final track be here with lyrics:

Go out and see the churches how they are burning like hell
When the devil is calling, when heaven is falling
Have you got a soul to sell?

Now Satan is raping the nuns with joy
Now Jesus cries loud out in vain
There is no hope at all on earth or in heaven

When the angels have all been enslaved
Where were you when the Devil asked for your heart?
Didn't you hear the calls from below? When you him betray
You seem really didn't know from who you turned away

Frightened for your earthly domain forever covered in fog
Now even when you turned away you followed your god like a dog

No, you didn't have your soul to sell, now it will forever burn in hell

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