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:
"I am proud to announce that former GORGOROTH guitarist Tormentor has accepted my offer to rejoin the band in its new incarnation. As of today, Tormentor has the status of permanent member in the band, together with myself, Tomas Asklund [drums; DISSECTION] and Frank Watkins [bass; OBITUARY]."
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 will include 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.