The Tomb Impression: More Filth in the Blood
This front cover that comes into the view, may lead into an error, as it is a proper picture for black or death metal with occult touch. Fortunately The Dead Goats doesn’t change its style, and the members don’t carry such creative pseudonyms like “Caller of the Six Hundred and Sixty-Six Northern Blasphemous Storms of the Unholy Majesty” either. Man, this band still impresses me a lot, being not only one of the best crews that spread the Swedish old-school sorcery into the soil, but just a metal outfit generally. Their last vomits are rather short ones, and this Ep isn’t an exception, lasting circa eleven minutes. But what a nice piece of music it is!
Ha, I wrote about eleven minutes, that’s right, but the opening title track starts off with a minute spoken intro. Then the next minute of rather slow tempo passes by, it’s like a knock-up before relentless sonic ravage, such a full of overwhelming filth. Yes, the sound realization took care about such impressions, as the music that pours out from the speakers is dirt, infected and contaminated with a reek of an old tomb. What a nice reference to the title! And if musically Goats made great play with Dismember second and third full-length, it’s good listening to some fragments of drums blasting fury (beginning and ending part of “Featherless”, or using Repulsion cover). For sure those two authorial shots are made to be a strong part of the upcoming gigs. That’s no surprise for me as it contains of this evident natural kind of melody, moving and catchy riffs, however in “Featherless” there is a breathing space put in the middle being best example how crushing bass lines are! Generally, Jawor’s mind-whipping instrument is another thing to be praised of.
Following the non-Swedish cover path, “Festering Boils” of Repulsion completes the thing, striking with frenzied drum works in last seconds. These eleven minutes run as fast as you can only think about, forcing to put the finger on button ‘play’ once again. And while looking on band’s discography, it’s clear the Goats dose the rotten ideas little by little, maintaining the concentration in blood on detectable label luckily. Something like The Dead Goats Slow Release® or Prolonged®. But guys, the next 2016 year needs more, just more stuff to listen to, maybe with The Dead Goats Forte® full version? I hope for the best.
(written in December, 2015)