Gorgon – The Lady Rides A Black Horse

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The Lady Rides A Black Horse (LP – 1995)
1. Among Fogs of Oblivion
2. Tower of Gargoyles
3. The Lady Rides a Black Horse
4. Call from Unknown Depths
5. As a Stone
6. The Union
7. At the Memory of the Past
8. Elizabeth
9. Swallowed Thoughts
10. Immortal Horde
11. The Day Required

Bonus Tracks
12. Fall as a Goal (previously unreleased – 1994)
13. Pseudomonarchia (previously unreleased – 1994)

Immortal Horde (7″ ep – 1993)
14. Ephaistos
15. Elizabeth
16. Immortal Horde

Artist:   Gorgon
Title:   The Lady Rides A Black Horse
Country:   France
CAT#:   TTR 027
Released:   01 March 2010
Format:   CD
Running time:   62:26

Description

A Classic of 90’s Black Metal reissued with several killer early and previously unreleased tracks!

Gorgon was formed by lead guitarist and vocalist Chris in 1991, during Black Metal’s emerging and maturing Second Wave. As with many bands of this period, Gorgon’s sound is distinctly original and possessing incredible power with a permeating occult atmosphere.

15th Anniversary Resurrection!
Exclusive bonus tracks for this new edition include two unreleased 1994 recordings with The Lady lineup and the cult Immortal Horde EP – the band’s first major release following Call from Unknown Depths demo, 1992.

Booklet has been redesigned using original photos taken during 1995 and the complete album lyrics are included.

A classic of early nineties Black Metal too often overshadowed by inferior bands from the region. We hope this release helps to create a re-appreciation of Gorgon’s work, one of the first and greatest French Black Metal bands! It’s a fine day for a…Return.

Reviews

It was with much anticipation that I received this release from Todestrieb; after being in possession of the “Immortal Horde” 7”EP for a number of years I had always been curious to hear more material from GORGON though somehow never came across any other releases that were readily available (physical releases are so much more satisfying than mp3 downloads in my opinion). After building up a great deal of expectation for this release, it would be fair to say that I was in no way disappointed. GORGON have an individual and eccentric song-writing technique that somehow manages to blend together some unlikely elements and approaches. For example; GORGON tends to have a dualistic quality where two strongly contrasting musical styles and vocals battle it out within each track. GORGON tend to be both undeniably Old School with more than a hint towards 80s Metal and Thrash, whilst also incorporating doomy gothic and atmospheric sections. It really is like taking the rough with the smooth and makes for an interesting listening experience especially as the vocals also tend to mirror this effect ranging between a deep growl and ear-piercing, shrill, BURZUM style screams.
“The Lady Rides a Black Horse” is no doubt a little piece of Black Metal history that really should be heard if you didn’t get chance the first time around, plus this re-release features some great bonus material and a killer layout. For its time, this album could certainly be described as groundbreaking; Satanic, aggressive, eerie, and experimental, GORGON should appeal to modern Black Metal fans as much as to those who yearn for the past. There’s one thing that GORGON really pull off with some real style and that is creating thought-provoking atmospheres that capture a real sense of evil and darkness within their compositions. These are certainly skilled musicians, but the imagination unleashed in the tracks on offer here is awesome and also unforgettable.
Overall, the release consists of 16 tracks and clocks in at over an hours worth of material, including previously unreleased tracks and also the tracks from the rare and elusive “Immortal Horde” 7”EP. Generally the tracks range between mid-tempo and fast, with a few slower, moody interludes scattered throughout plus an impressive battery that is packed with energy and variation. There are also dark keyboards and sinister samples throughout that are reminiscent of vintage Horror movie soundtracks and complement the harsh riffs and nightmarish melodies you will find here. Although GORGON may be described as Black Metal, the sound tends to straddle between multiple genres and so should be of interest to a wide cross-section of extreme Metal followers. Those who find enjoyment in genres such as Thrash, Heavy Metal, and Blackened Doom may also find GORGON of interest. Fans of GOATLORD, AKERCOCKE, EPOCH OF UNLIGHT, TEMPLE OF BAAL, GOATWHORE, FORGOTTEN WOODS, etc, should also take note! Killer, classic, non-conformist French Black Metal!
– Meriel Longmore

 

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