Genre: Black Metal
Country: Norway
Year: 2015
Label: Soulseller Records

Gorgoroth have turned into a band that many black metal fans love to hate. The reasons for that are many… the band’s turn in style from “Incipit Satan” and on, their members frequent legal troubles, their provocative, infamous Krakow gig and the fuss it fused, Gaahl’s outing as a homosexual, the legal war between Gaahl and King Ov Hell with Infernus for the band’s nametrade (Infernus winning in court)… You need more? The straw that broke the camel’s back, however, was the re-recording of some early, pure black period, songs with modern sound in “Under the Sign of Hell 2011”. A release regarded by many as an attempt to make easy money.

What is the author’s status regarding all this? I like Gorgoroth’s music and I don’t give a shit about the rest! Simple as that! So, let’s head on to “Instinctus Bestialis” itself, in which we have once again a line-up change, with a new singer. Atteringer took Pest’s place, who didn’t manage for the second time to get settled with the band. The new vocalist is closer to Gaahl than Pest. Some may like that, some may not. The band’s sound stands somewhere in the middle of “Quantos Possunt…” and “Ad Majorem…”. The drums didn’t continue with the weird, stiff sound they had in the previous Lp, while the guitar sound has more depth, with the guitars being not so low-tuned as they did in “Quantos Possunt…”. No innovations in the song-writing department. Both the structure and the rhythms are still baring the “Infernus” trademark. Although at times we witness the repetition of some riffs and song structures that we have heard in previous albums, still Infernus’ composing skills even the score. So, the songs are short in length, with a lot of action going on – with arpeggiations, outbreaks with sharp, ultrafast riffs, even thrash rhythms. The only unjustifiably weak aspect of the album for me is its short duration, just above 30 minutes. I call it unjustified, since six years have passed since its predecessor was released. 30 minutes of music in six years is not a great feat!

All in all, things are simple here. This is a typical, non-innovative Gorgoroth album from the band’s newest era. Those who liked “Quantos Possunt…”, myself included, will probably like this one as well. The rest shouldn’t bother. As we already said, with Gorgoroth it’s more than ever a love-hate situation!

4.5/6