Who gets to keep the Gorgoroth name?
King Ov Hell (real name: Tom Cato Visnes) and Gaahl (real name: Kristian Eivind Espedal) from the Norwegian black metal band GORGOROTH have issued the following statement:
“Norwegian authorities at Patentstyret (Norwegian patent office) have made the verdict on the dispute over the further use of the trademark and logo ‘GORGOROTH.’ It has been legally determined that King and Gaahl retain the rightful ownership and use of the name and logo, now and in the future.
“King and Gaahl will not give a detailed public statement on this verdict however they have both remained confident this result would indeed be the final conclusion.
“Any third parties who use the name GORGOROTH will from now on be met with legal prosecution.
“GORGOROTH, King and Gaahl, will not continue to work with Regain Records given their disloyal acts concerning GORGOROTH and are currently carefully choosing a new label for the release of their next full-length album.
“King and Gaahl are now focused on making music for the next album and with planning some very special shows for 2008. As previously announced, GORGOROTH will headline at Wacken Open Air.”
Rene Ackermann of Contraband Candy conducted an interview with King Ov Hell and Gaahl during the UK leg of the group’s recently completed European tour. Topics include new drummers, the band’s upcoming live album, their legendary Polish gig in Krakow and talks of staging another blasphemous gig in the future. Watch the 10-minute chat here.