GORGOROTH guitarist Infernus — who is involved in a legal dispute with his estranged bandmates over the rights to the group's name — has issued the following update:
"Infernus' GORGOROTH lineup is now complete, and the new vocalist is none other than the legendary Pest — back at last after an 11 year hiatus from the band. The 2008 incarnation of GORGOROTH thus consists of Pest (vocals), Infernus (guitars), Tormentor (guitars), Frank Watkins (bass) and Tomas Asklund (drums).
"As for the work on the new album, 'Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt', it is going ahead more or less as scheduled, but due to the upcoming trial in Oslo in January 2009, the guitar recordings will be slightly postponed. The album will contain eight tracks of Infernus' signature aural evil, and will be released in 2009 on Regain Records. Fear the return!"
Infernus filed a lawsuit against King ov Hell (real name: Tom Cato Visnes) in September this year on the basis of King ov Hell (the sixth bass player in GORGOROTH's history) allegedly "going behind Infernus' back" in September 2007, secretly applying for trademark protection of the bandname and logo of GORGOROTH, which Infernus started using in 1992. The court case has now finally been scheduled. It will take place in Oslo, Norway, in the last week of January 2009.
The Gaahl-fronted version of GORGOROTH recently entered the studio in its hometown of Bergen, Norway to begin recording eight new tracks composed by King ov Hell (bass). Along with Gaahl, King and Frost (SATYRICON) on drums, the full recording lineup includes Teloch (guitar) and Ice Dale (guitar). ENSLAVED's Herbrand Larsen is once again producing GORGOROTH in the studio.
According to Gaahl and King, the Swedish appeal courts (Hovretten in Malmö) recently upheld the decision by authorities at Tingretten in the matter concerning Regain Records' unauthorized release of GORGOROTH's "True Norwegian Black Metal - Live in Grieghallen" album. Regain Records was once again found in violation of copyrights and agreements made with Gaahl and King and was ordered to cease distribution of this release.
"Live in Grieghallen" was released in June via Regain. According to a press release, the CD was recorded live at Grieghallen in Bergen, Norway by Eirik "Pytten" Hundvin and features Infernus on bass and guitar, Gaahl on vocals, and Garghuf on drums.