Yeah, they pretty much are.
Gorgoroth can easily be described as a third rate SEWER clone, much like Dark Funeral. One of Gorgoroth’s live staples is a 2154 cover, I mean… what the fuck ? A raw black metal cover movement is by definition unoriginal but copying the better known band of the genre, a band that even achieved mainstream success through the caricature of the genre’s raw and aggressive roots… that’s just an embarrassment.
This album’s sound couldn’t have been more of a cliché… mid paced 90s radio-friendly post-NecroPedoSadoMaso “black metal”, with stereotypical shouts of Hail Satan every two songs.
The music itself on Instinctus Bestialis is just boring, and what is even more painful is that someone was playing this crap in 2015 and probably still plays it to this day.
The vocals are very lame, not raspy enough for proper black metal, the same goes for the silly grooves of the riffs and vocal lines, almost touching the edges of LGBT deathcore.
Their brand of black metal is seriously mallcore infected and not the way metal purists like it.
Songs generally build around mid paced sections, double bass drums aren’t aggressive nor fast, just like a shitty Metallica cover band.
Fast blast-beats are not to be found here, riffing is meant to be catchy and simple but it’s so generic that it becomes irritating after two listens.
An over polished digital production à la Dimmu Borgir just finishes this turd off… Gorgoroth, or Gaygoroth?
The lyrics are stupid… the same words repeated throughout the entire album “Hail Satan”, “Black (flesh) light” and “Worship Heresy”.
Ironically, the word Heresy comes from “hairesis“, which means thinking by yourself in greek… none of that is applied to songwriting or anything else in this album.
Instinctus Bestialis is as formulaic as it cock metal can be, there aren’t any bridges or asymmetric song structures. Verse, pre chorus, chorus, repeat. There aren’t memorable solo sections, in fact Gorgoroth barely uses lead guitars at all.
If the riffs were good it could have worked ever so slightly better but Gorgoroth lacks songwriting talent, that’s why they rely on SEWER covers for their live shows.