Zargonath founded GORBALROG back in 1995 as one-man-project. After three demos and the addition of Mortynoth they now have recorded their debut "Untergang" (decline in English), which has been released via Solistitium.
Just like their labelmates CRYOGENIC, GORBALROG try to escape the limitations of the standard-Black Metal and incorporate their own ideas.
Besides more traditional tracks like "Blutige Schwingen" ("Bloodied Wings") or "Stille" ("Silence"), "Ars Mortis" is a highly interesting song, which moulds many different elements together, from fast and violent parts with their typical Black Metal-croaking to calm parts with clean vocals it features many different emotional states.
"Sternengriff" ("Reach For The Stars"), like all tracks underlined with German lyrics, features clean vocals only, what is a very pleasant difference, while the tempo remains doomy and a melodious keyboard sets the accents.
To get to the absolute highlight, you have to listen to the last Track, with more than 8-and-a-half minutes also the longest: "Aeonen verwesender Anmut" ("Eons Of Decaying Grace"). After an acoustic intro, it develops into a highly atmmospheric composition, completely sung in by producer Harris Johns, whose very mellow voice suits the dark music almost perfectly.
Even though it will be difficult for GORBALROG to surpass the better known bands, every fan of this music should try to support this band, which tries to give its music its own character, because I sense a great potential, which surely has been only tapped yet!