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GAAHL'S WYRD "GastiR-Ghosts Invited"


“GastiR—Ghosts Invited”

There’s no doubt that Mr. Kristian Espedal better known as GAAHL is one of the most polarizing, if not THE most polarizing figure on the black metal scene. And so he’s been for quite some time.  Much of it seems to revolve around his sexuality, which I could give a rat’s ass about. It’s no more pertinent with Gaahl than it is with Rob Halford or the dude from TORCHE. But even beyond that, the guy’s been a real outsider since Day One and in a lot of ways he sums up the rebel aspect of black metal a lot better than some brain dead follower who parrots the BM status quo.

As always, the music does the talking and with GAAHL’S WYRD, the music has a lot to say. If you are expecting the Christ-raping rage of GORGOROTH all the way through this one, your disappointment will be keen. But take heart that metal plays a very strong part of “GastiR...”. Speed and cold riffing are found frequently, but there’s also a huge amount of atmosphere to go with it. The …

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