After losing the trademark battle for the name Gorgoroth to Infernous, vocalist Gaahl and bassist King ov Hell took some time – including Gaahl’s short-lived retirement from metal – and plotted a new path for their jarring, blasphemous black metal. God Seed’s debut, I Begin, plays out with a power that defies expectations.
Beginning with the heaving, blackened guitar grind of “Awake,” the band covers a hellish range of themes, from the death march of “This From the Past” to the brooding industrial pulse of “Bloodline.” There is a versatility here that shines, and the band – including Sir, Kenneth Kapstad, Geir Bratland, and Lust Kilman – proves that black metal can transcend, evoking a wellspring of emotions and a musicality that overshadows God Seed’s like-minded peers.
Gaahl and King have coursed through troubling times, both personally and professionally, but with I Begin, they have ignited a new phase in a long-term collaboration that is as alive as it is dark.
I Begin is out now on Indie Recordings.