“Pentagram“ – recorded by GORGOROTH with the line-up Hat (v.), Infernus (g., ORCUSTUS, DESEKRATOR, ex-BORKNAGAR), Samoth (b., ZYKLON, SCUM, ex-EMPEROR, pretty much every other Norwegian BM band) and Goatpervertor (d.) and produced by Pytten in his legendary Grieghallen studio, this album contains about half an hour of True Norwegian Black Metal that could not be rougher, more intense and… well, better.
The vocals are undecipherable and malicious, the riffs cold and menacing, the drumming simple, the bass inaudible (I didn’t pay much attention to it, but I really noticed it on “Måneskyggens Slave” only) and the production extremely raw. In the case of “Pentagram”, thanks to the excellent song writing, all of these elements conflate into damn intense and atmospheric Black Metal tunes such as „Begravelsesnatt“, „Katharinas Bortgang“ and „Ritual”, with the latter being particularly noteworthy, as the music suits the title perfectly: Accompanied by Infernus’ sinister guitar playing, Hat repeats a certain vocal pattern several times at the beginning of the song, and he really sounds like he is reciting incantatory verses during some obscure ritual.
Seeing the release of DARKTHRONE’s “Transilvanian Hunger“, EMPEROR’s “In The Nightside Eclipse“ and BURZUM’s “Hvis Lyset Tar Oss“, the year of 1994 probably was one of the most important years for Black Metal. Maybe the majority of Black Metallers will not agree with me on this, but in my opinion, none of these records can compete with “Pentagram”! (Online March 20, 2006)