Why Gaahl of Gorgoroth Is The Creepiest Black Metal Vocalist

by | Jun 16, 2010 | Music

When you’re a young Norwegian, you’re supposed to be into metal, specifically black metal. After watching the True Norwegian Black Metal documentaries, you will soon realize that Norwegians don’t just like metal’s heavy riffs and growls, they are into the messages of black metal.

Gorgoroth is considered to be one of the bands that is serious in delivering the message of black metal. According to the documentaries, Gaahl, the vocalist of Gorgoroth, is actually considered as the most vicious man in his hometown. It was reported that he tortured someone for nine hours while draining his blood and threatening him to drink his own blood. Obviously, he was imprisoned for nine months for the act.


The personality of Gaahl is actually very interesting. He is an artist and he lives in a very isolated area, which makes him more interesting. Look at his paintings and you will understand why. And what’s the most interesting thing about him? He always has a scary atmosphere and a very strong aura.

During the rise of black metal in Norway, churches were burned and Christianity was considered a form of corruption. In fact, during those times, every time the words “black metal” were mentioned, there were three things inside every Norwegian’s mind: criminal cases, satanic and sole enemies of the church. Until now, black metal is still associated with rebellion and satanic lyrics. And this is the purpose of Gorgoroth – to present the message and not just play the music.

Gaahl Gorgoroth

So what’s with the Norwegian black metal? Well, it can be a threat to Christianity or it can be a genre that experiments on creating music with heavy riffs and interesting message. Every curious creature enjoys anti-religion and religious messages. We all feel enchanted by the idea of talking about the most sensitive topic in the world- RELIGION. Good guys are sometimes boring. Talking about sex is even more boring. Serious discussions about religion according to what other people expect you to say about religion are the greatest elements of boredom. Music is very independent, it can earn love and respect from musically inclined individuals with or without interpreting the message.

When I was in college, my professor told me that form and meaning are inseparable. But it was in my literature class and I cannot argue that music should be a part of the literary world, though I always believe that music is literature. Music can be appreciated without its message – heavy riffs and deep growls make up a good music. It is safe to say that those people who listen to black metal are not really against Christianity, they just love the music. So why care to tell everyone that your friend is a Satanic fat kid just because he loves black metal and he watches music videos of inverted crucifixes? Anyone can be a Satanist, your neighbor or the old lady who lives next door might be a Satanist even if she doesn’t like black metal, so what’s the big deal?


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Norwegian is a nationality and black metal is a genre for me. Don’t accuse me of destroying religion just because I find Gaahl interesting. Tthe guy is cute and it’s always funny seeing him in his normal state (by saying normal, I mean seeing him without his makeup on and all that black costume)- a sharp looking face with his cute goatee, almost looking like a Christian priest, preaching in a very calm voice that every trace of Christianity should be erased. INTERESTING TO WATCH HIM SAY SUCH WORDS WITH HIS HOLY LOOKING FACE.


But of course, you shouldn’t believe everything that you see and hear online. Gorgoroth is trying to create a scary and intimidating image and it works especially when they do live performances. Maybe Gaahl is an adorable person. I mean gays are adorable people. They’re sweet and sensitive.  And by the way, I don’t believe young Norwegians are supposed to be into metal. There’s more to the black metal scene than black outfits and accessories.  

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  1. Mary Glover

    I really didn’t believe Gaahl was gay not after reading this and searching it on google. Thanks for the info! Nice stuff!

  2. random

    You don’t look Norwegian, you have dark skin, you look mediteranean, not nordic.

    You could pass for a spanish or italian, no way you are ethnically norwegian.

  3. KARL

    Btw, Gaahl is gay. It’s not a rumor 🙂

  4. KARL

    When it comes to black metal, my choice is Mayhem and Immortal. I’ve no problem with the lyrics and the overall appearance of an average BM band member. To each his own, as they say.

    Anyway, it’s bastards like Matthias Shoorman (link below) — and not the likes of Gaahl — who give BM (and heavy metal, in general) a bad name.


  5. dom

    It’s just a foolish stereotype put out by a part of the society (that if you listen to black metal you’re most definitely a satanic maniac who eats cats and birds and other stupid nonsense like that).
    People are afraid of the visual appearance of some of the black metal listeners too, I guess. Black clothes with spikes and long hair on top of that – a sign of evil! A sign of the demon! Run people, run! pffft… it’s pathetic, if you’d ask me. The modern society has their judgment clouded with idiotic rumors, tales and stereotypes. Might even say that they’re all in fear.

    About religion – hah, well obviously if you have an appearance like I mentioned before and a full-blown religious freak (sorry, but I believe in no religion and consider all of them to be rather silly and amusing, at times) sees you on the street, there’s a good chance he’ll pour holy water on you and scream “THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPELS YOU”.

    The problem is that if you have an appearance like that, you are instantly considered as an anti-religious person or just a satanic ritual participator. One of the biggest mistakes ever is to judge a person from his looks.. and that’s exactly what people are doing 24/7.
    No one ever considers that the particular person who has the appearance of a black metal fan is just trying to express himself/herself through his or her clothes and overall appearance. Incredibly ignorant, if you’d ask me.

  6. blogworm

    love this..very informative 🙂

  7. Thea Sorroche

    @ mutalist- he thinks religion is the root of all evil, and i think at some point, i have to agree with him on that.

    @jamsic- we have all the right to have different interpretations about things, that’s what other human beings are for- to show that right and freedom.

  8. jamsic

    you’re fucking damn right. listening black metal songs does not mean the emotional demons.

  9. Mutalist

    Definitely, Gaahl is one of the most infamous individuals on the black metal scene right now. He had been through a lot of things that has greatly affected the way he thinks about the world.

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