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I Begin [Limited Edition]

God Seed Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Indie Recordings
  • ASIN: B0095W19W2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,199 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes an instant impact and continues to grow... 29 Nov 2012
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I instantly knew this was a good album when I first listened to it, but it took quite a few listens to grasp all the elements and start to really appreciate it.

In many ways this album is a natural progression from "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam", albeit in a very radical way. IMHO it is also much better than that album.

We all know that the other half of Gorogorth reverted to the very traditional (not without success) on "Quantos Possunt Ad Satanitatem Trahunt". However, in losing the legal battle to use the Gorgoroth name, Gaahl and King Ov Hell have effectively been freed to make better and more intelligent music; unconstrained by any need to "Praise Satan". Indeed, as the band name suggests, the concept is rather the God in oneself and in nature and becoming the "Ubermensch". The will to grow spiritually is perfectly expressed in this very mature style of music. As a result, this is way more progressive, experimental, tuneful & keyboard laden than it would have been had Gorgoroth not split. However, this is all built on base that is solidly "black metal" (in contrast to the likes of "Umskiptar"). It rocks harder than most Black Metal due to the 70s metal influences (but thankfully not in an OTT modern Darkthrone way). If the other half of Gorgoroth won the battle, God Seed have won the war by birthing the best thing since "Pentagram".

One of my favourite things about this album is the great variety between tracks. The excellent "Alt Liv" even calls to mind "Rammstein", but rest assured it is FAR more menacing. Gaahl's vocal performance is as good as ever and generally very clear, albeit that some tracks are in Norwegian this time. The lyrics are steeped in Norse mythology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "I Begin" is awesome. 28 Oct 2012
By J. Sundheim - Published on
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As a fan of Gorgoroth, especially their output with Gaahl and King Ov Hell, I was really excited for this release. It does not disappoint! The songwriting style does not greatly differ from Gorgoroth, but the approach certainly does. One of the great standout point of this album is the keyboard parts, played by Geir Bratland. Normally keyboards and synths in black metal tend to either be symphonic sounding or have a creepy gothic organ sound to them. On "I Begin" I'd say at times the keys and synths have further reaching sounds more akin to the types of sounds you would find in things like kraut-rock, psychedelic rock and even post-punk. It's very cool. Fear not, though! There are blast beats, loud and hectic black metal guitars and all the things you would also come to expect from 2 former members of Gorgoroth. This is a black metal record, it jsut happens to be one that takes chances in all the right ways and comes out all the better for it. Gaahl's vocals are the best I've ever heard them sound on this release. Crank this up and praise Satan!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back King and Gaahl. 4 Oct 2013
By ĸιng ov darĸneѕѕ - Published on
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After the disappointing Gorgoroth fallout in October 2007 (and the subsequent legal battles and disgrace), I thought it would be next to never before I heard King and Gaahl join forces again. But, here we are with a record put out just 5 years later, and the duo are showing that the sound they created for their era of Gorgoroth, is truly THEIR sound. Some of you are familiar with the "Underworld Regime" album released by black metal super group, Ov Hell. Well that set the stage for what was the eventual return of God Seed, which was the original plan for King and Gaahl after Gorgoroth. Gaahl retired from music for a while, intending it to be permanent; so King moved on with Ov Hell instead of God Seed. With Shagrath, Frost, Ice Dale, and Teloch on board, Ov Hell was what many believed to be the next major band in black metal. Those plans fell through, obviously, due to the conflicting schedules of the members. Shagrath has Dimmu Borgir and Chrome Division, Frost has Satyricon etc. Thankfully, Gaahl chose to return!

Now that you know the short version of this band's rise, let me tell you how I feel about this record. I think that in all honesty, "I Begin" is what would have been Gorgoroth's best album. I say that with all the respect in the World for Infernus, and the legacy he has created with his band. BUT, I think Gaahl is a much better vocalist than Hat, Pest, or Atteringer. I think Gaahl is one of the best vocalists in the entire history of black metal. He is THAT good, in MY opinion. I also believe that King is a better song writer than Infernus. Again, with all due respect to Infernus, who is a true legend in his own right.

The songs range from fast, sharp songs that make your sonic sensors bleed; to slower songs that make your entire body feel your blood flowing like lava. They all have that signature King/Gaahl era Gorgoroth feel. Fans of Gorgoroth know exactly what that means. It's a very dirty, dark and dangerous style of music. You can literally feel those things.

It's a foreboding experience to listen to this record. From top to bottom, it is like walking through a post-war field of death and destruction. I recommend this to ANYONE who hasn't heard it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So glad Ghaal came back 11 Dec 2012
By Reverendh8syou - Published on
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After the disapointment of the,"Ov Hell" project and the retirement of gaahl i thought God Seed was dead.
Thank fully ghaal was brought back to his senses and join forces with king to give birth to, " I Begin.
Every song on this albumb send chills up my spine minus one, I have seen critisism on youtube for the Alt Liv video saying its not black metal and all i can say is BM doesn't have to sound like s*** prodcuction to be bm. Yes Alt Liv is not a face rippnig pace and ghaal sings but i think it makes it more sinister. Almost all the other tracks sound just as vicious as the last two albumbs of gaahl and king put out .
This was well worth the wait and a very nice surprise to see gaahl was talked back to where he belongs
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A total different beast from Gorgoroth 1 Nov 2012
By Alexia - Published on
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Gaahl sure came back to the metal world with a vengeance. His vocals sound quite improved and different from his time in Gorgoroth. Another thing that makes this album special is Geir Bratland's keyboards, its takes the music to another level. I am glad that God Seed is back and hope to hear more from them.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great release. 7 Nov 2012
By Deimos - Published on
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For starters Im very happy to see these guys back together making new music. King Ov Hell and Gahl are a great team and their band God Seed in a very good testament to that. Im happy with Gorgoroth with or without them as Infernus is the driving force of that band but God Seed is a truly awesome Black Metal beast in their own right. The album from start to finish really impressed me and im super happy Gahl is back with those killer vocals. Can't wait to hear more new music from these guys, great purchase very happy. Also check out Live At Wacken, it's a great live show.
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