Review: Goatcraft – Olethros 12″

Posted: February 17, 2016 in Reviews
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Goatcraft are the newest band to launch from the eastern edge of black Europa, this time from Slovakia. Playing barbaric black metal, their debut EP is a savage 24 minutes, spread over thirteen tracks. It’s out Feb 22 on Iron Bonehead.

What Goatcraft bring to the torture table isn’t new, it isn’t fancy, and it sure as hell isn’t pleasant on the eardrums. There’s visceral savagery laced along every razor sharp riff, every bloodgargling vocal, every eerie interlude. ‘Isle of the Dead’ and ‘Cataclysmic Monuments’ sound the background music for one of those black and white suspense horror films, while the deathly shadows of Bathory, Archgoat and Impaled Nazarene rise above songs like the clattering ‘Temples of the Underworld’ or the morbid assault of ‘Graveless’.

A dry as dust production helps to enhance the rawness of the material. The cavernous vocals are par for the course, but are definitely more palatable than pig squealing nonsense. Goatcraft also have a love for creepy samples, which blended with their black metal style, works really well. The thirteen tracks fly past really quickly, but repeated listens help to unlock the rabid potential hidden within tracks like ‘Deathrite’, or the ambient gloom of ‘Down Below’.

Goatcraft are a jarring clash of two worlds; raw ass black metal and the most ponderous, atmospheric black metal/blackgaze blend into a quirky and ultimately satisfying 25 minutes. Looking forward to see where they go from here.


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