Instinctus Bestialis

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Band Name Gorgoroth (NOR)
Album Name Instinctus Bestialis
Type Album
Released date 08 June 2015
Music StyleBlack Metal
Members owning this album50


 Radix Malorum
 Dionysian Rite
 Ad Omnipotens Aeterne Diabolus
 Come Night
 Burn in His Light
 Kala Brahman

Total playing time: 31:13

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Gorgoroth (NOR)

Review @ winterdemon

26 December 2015

A comeback from hell

I stopped hoping for “Pentagram” or “Antichrist” 2.0 after Gorgoroth ruined everything with “Destroyer”. The latter I consider to be the weakest entry in the band’s diabolically charged career, with the worst being the remake of "Under the Sign of Hell"; one of few holy grails of black metal. With Hat permanently leaving the rank, Gorgoroth is not as strong as they first came out. However, Infernus’ latest brainchild “Instinctus Bestialis” seems to speak otherwise with flawed arguments on a premise that he does not want to live in the past.

“Radix Malorum” does not waste any time from helping to introduce the band’s new preacher Atterigner of Triumfall fame. His vocals are rather flat. Hell, even a great singer like Hat could hardly vary his singing style. But with Atterigner, his vocals sound a bit hollow as if his soul is gone when he tracks the vocals for this album. It is more of deep growl than anything else. To some extent, his voice does fit with the thick wall of guitars. Most of the time, his vocals are an oddity with limited range, staying perfectly where it is supposed to be without venturing beyond the set threshold. Vocal-wise, Atterigner is just not your adventurious kind. The guitars are more or less recycled from “Twilight of the Idols – In Conspiracy with Satan” and “Ad Majorem Sathanas Goriam”. You can clearly hear the death metal chugs throughout the album. If you are expecting Gorgoroth to return home with ice-thin riffing ala “Antichrist”, you will definitely be disappointed. In “Dionysian Rite”, Infernus bursts through the song with rhythm progression that is strongly reminiscent of “Profetens Apenbaring”.

Worry not, though, as Infernus hired three axemen to play some interesting solos on this record. “Ad Omnipotens Aeterne Diabolus” starts out similar to “Rebirth” from “Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt” but blasts its way upon entering the verse section. Just when I thought Gorgoroth don’t seem to have it in them anymore, this mid-paced song has some neoclassical flavored riffs and they are surprisingly good at bringing down the atmosphere to the level of depression. It may not be the strongest track in the band’s career, but it is certainly noteworthy, especially with “Burn in His Light” where Infernus showcase a rather interesting blackened death metal rhythm on the verse part. This is also the song where you get to hear some decent melodic solos that are very well performed. By solos I mean not the wankery type. The song also ends appropriately with Dissection or Sacramentum like riff, which is also a clever attempt at making this album interesting to listen to. The same technique is used in the next track “Rage” albeit with a certain awkwardness to it. Still, it takes three guys to play some short solos when one person is probably more than enough.

The last two tracks are average fillers. Nothing really interesting going on, just watered-down black metal assault strangled with death metal ligatures.

While the bass is quite audible even by Gorgoroth standard, the drums especially snare sound retarded and annoying at times. I am no fan of triggered drums. Even if Asklund chooses not to use it, his snare sounds like some obnoxious kid slapping wet sheet of plastic with a fly swatter. It’s too thin for music this fat. Overall, not a bad album by any means. Most songs are forgettable except for “Burn in His Light”. Fortunately though, I anticipate nothing stunning from Gorgoroth’s latest offering, and the album speaks for itself. Infernus is still able to churn out nasty riffs with his trademark neoclassical affinity, but in the end, “Instinctus Bestialis” just lacks the necessary qualities needed to make an album great and aesthetically significant.
Download it. Buy it. Or stay away from it completely. The choice is yours.

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ArtemisDarkthrone - 28 February 2018:

thats a darkend (the band) album cover

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Comment @ Nerikull

21 February 2018

Instictus Boredom

This release from Gorgoroth was…well…

It’s a bit difficult to find the positives in this one. The production was nicely balanced, and the drumming actually sounded like there was a person playing drums, which was a huge criticism on my part with the previous releases. The songs were more blast-beat oriented, though retaining the atmosphere that is a specialty of Infernus. With all this, how did this album not impress me?

Musically, it was bland. For this album, Atterigner took the vocal duties. I really wasn’t floored by his delivery, as he had little depth or variation in his vocals. The rest of the band seemed to be phoning it in. I hate to say it, but this album sounded like they made it while bored to tears. “Burn In His Light” was about the only song that I can say I liked on the whole album, and even that wasn’t much to me.

This would be the final recording for Frank “Bøddel” Watkins, as the bassist would lose his battle with cancer in 2015.

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