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On disc: Archgoat



The Light - Devouring Darkness - Carsten Bahr - 9 stars
Heavenly Vulva (Christ's Last Rites) - Carsten Bahr - 8 stars


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Heavenly Vulva (Christ's Last Rites)

Heavenly Vulva (Christ's Last Rites)
(Debemur Morti Productions - 2011)


The Finnish outfit Archgoat was founded in 1989 and they released two full-length album (Whore Of Bethlehem in 2006 and The Light-Devouring Darkness in 2009) additionally they release countless demos, EPs and split-albums beside their contribution to samplers. Now they add another EP to their discography and Archgoat stick to their musical guns. Don't expect Archgoat to change their sound or style - and I dig it!!! Their pitch black version of raw, primitive black / thrash metal they present on this EP. Just more intensive than before. A rough mix of old Venom, Hellhammer, Sodom and Beherit the trio presents and which should water the mouth of every old school fan. All 5 song (plus an intro) are fast, going full force and are just give it a break with some slow, morbid lava-like passages. Bass and guitar build a muddy union and the drums rumble in the background. On top of it singer / bassist Angelslayer is growling undecipherable words and all in all you get the perfect soundtrack for Armageddon. If you look for some fine sounds, this isn't what you get! You get raw metal piercing your ears. Long-time Archgoat fans shouldn't hesitate to pick up this EP, fans of Truppensturm and Black Witchery should welcome this sonic attack. Everybody else won't be pleased by Archgoat's latest piece of metal. Archgoat are true to themselves and I love it! Unfortunately the EP is only about 16 minutes and so way too short!


8 stars

Carsten Bahr
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)
 

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The Light - Devouring Darkness

The Light - Devouring Darkness
(Blasphemous Underground - 2009)


The Finnish band Archgoat presented their debut album Whore Of Bethlehem a few years ago and now they have a new album out! And they stay on the chosen path. Minimalistic sounds are what they present and the deliver mangy old school black metal as pure as possible. The trio has similarities to Venom, Sodom, Hellhammer and Bulldozer and so they stay away from every trend and serve a black metal inferno to the listener. You can even find reminiscences to old Beherit. Fast blast attacks lead into blunt up-tempo parts and then into doom passages. They keep the old black metal spirit alive with this rumbling sounds. Singer and bassist Angelslayer voice is mean and comes from deep down below... out of the depth of hell. The whole production isn't aimed at fans of sophisticated sounds! The songs are simple and exactly that's how the trio wanted them to sound, but they are very atmospheric, too. Fans of pure old school black metal who like it minimalistic and aren't looking for some high level compositions will dig this album! Most black metal fans will find Archgoat unbearable, but a small number of fans will love it and for them it's iconic. The band presents banality in an ingenious way! Definitely underground and definitely iconic!


9 stars

Carsten Bahr
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)
 

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