Vocalist Gaahl of Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH was recently asked by Holland's FaceCulture if he thinks people will see him and his music differently now that he has publicly acknowledged his homosexuality. "Mankind is known to be narrow-minded, so… maybe some [will have a negative reaction]," he replied. "But I guess it will even out the score in a way. I think it will be positive for some and negative for some. It's always good to have some negative as well. Otherwise you would end up with equality and equality is the worst thing in the world. . . Equality is stagnation. It doesn't let anything grow. It holds back."
A five-minute video clip of Gaahl (real name: Kristian Espedal) talking to FaceCulture about his attraction to men and the media's coverage of his personal life can be viewed below.
In an interview that was published in a recent issue of Germany's Rock Hard magazine, Gaahl, 33, spoke for the first time about his sexual orientation, stating, "It doesn't feel to me as if I've outed myself because up until now the whole thing was a non-issue for me. All this evolved very naturally. I feel how I feel and I've never made any secret about it."
After the Rock Hard interview was published and the English-language translation of the article first appeared on BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Gaahl's former boyfriend, 20-year-old Norwegian modeling agent Dan DeVero, told the Norwegian media that he had received death threats from the black metal community by phone and e-mail.