Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam

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Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam
Ad majorem sathanas gloriam - Gorgoroth.jpg
Studio album by Gorgoroth
Released 19 June 2006 (2006-06-19)
Recorded January–May 2005, March–April 2006
Genre Black metal
Length 31:39
Label Regain
Producer Herbrand Larsen
Gorgoroth chronology
Twilight of the Idols
(2003)Twilight of the Idols2003
Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam
Bergen 1996
(2007)Bergen 19962007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 4.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam is the seventh studio album by Norwegian black metal band Gorgoroth. It was released on 19 June 2006 by Regain Records.[3] This was the only Gorgoroth album on which all of the lyrics and music were written by Gaahl and King ov Hell, and was the last to feature both members[4] It also marked the return of drummer Frost and was the last Gorgoroth album that he appeared on. It was nominated for Norway's 2006 Spellemann award in the "Metal" category.[5] It is the first Gorgoroth album with no Norwegian lyrics.

In November 2007, Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam was reissued with a slightly different cover and a DVD containing the "Carving a Giant" music video and another video documenting how the album was recorded.[6][7]

Title and artwork[edit]

The title is a Latin term meaning "for the greater glory of Satan". It is a mutation of the Society of Jesus motto "Ad majorem Dei gloriam", meaning "for the greater glory of God". It contains a grammatical error, however, as "Sathanas" is typically declined as a first declension masculine noun, where its genitive (possessive) form would correctly be "Sathanae".[8][original research?] It was conceived by Infernus after he read an article about the organisation.[9]

The cover artwork was taken from the 1850 painting Dante and Virgil in Hell by William-Adolphe Bouguereau.[10][11]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Gaahl; all music composed by King ov Hell.

No. Title Length
1. "Wound Upon Wound" 3:30
2. "Carving a Giant" 4:10
3. "God Seed (Twilight of the Idols)" 4:14
4. "Sign of an Open Eye" 4:04
5. "White Seed" 4:36
6. "Exit" 3:30
7. "Untamed Forces" 2:37
8. "Prosperity and Beauty" 4:54
Total length: 31:39