The Stargate was the first of a four-album contract Mortiis signed with Earache. The music is rich in layered synth compositions that are as dramatic as they are morose. Mortiis is a keyboard ghoul adept at crafting a dungeon-drone. These soundscapes immediately bring to mind the sylvan, fantasy landscape of tall, spindly, dead trees obscuring a hidden, crumbling castle. One can imagine just such a vision in Mortiis' native Norway. From the "darkest depths of Mordor" Mortiis summons and masters the sighing spirits (present as the voices of disembodied, female plainchanters) of ambient doom.
AllMusic Review by Tom Schulte