Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Review: Archgoat - Angelcunt (Tales of Desecration)

Fans of raw black metal can hardly deny the devastating force of the Christ-desecrating underground that is Archgoat. Formed in 1989, this three-piece from Finland have found a wealth of satanic success among their three full-length releases, four EPs, and a handful of demos and splits. Though their material isn't for everyone; prepare your ears for extremely raw production values throughout their catalog, and most definitely within Angelcunt (Tales of Desecration), their first EP.

Genre: Death/Black Metal
Label: Necropolis Records
Release Date: 1993
  1. Intro (Invocation)
  2. Rise of the Black Moon
  3. Death and Necromancy
  4. Soulflay
  5. Black Messiah
  6. Jesus Spawn
  7. Outro (The Prophecy)
Total Playtime: 13 minutes, 33 seconds




Rating: 9.5/10



Fans of raw black metal can hardly deny the devastating force of the Christ-desecrating underground that is Archgoat. Formed in 1989, this three-piece from Finland have found a wealth of satanic success among their three full-length releases, four EPs, and a handful of demos and splits. Though their material isn't for everyone; prepare your ears for extremely raw production values throughout their catalog, and most definitely within Angelcunt (Tales of Desecration), their first EP.

The material kicks off with your standard organ-driven, backmasked lyrical track that so many satanic black metal artists like to front their albums with. However, after about a minute the listener is thrown full swing into an array of fast riffs that are backed by powerful blastbeats and barking vocals. "Rise of the Black Moon", "Death and Necromancy", and "Soulflay" are three tracks that are not to be underestimated by any account, as they are the absolute meat and potatoes of Angelcunt (Tales of Desecration).


One of the core aspects of Archgoat as a band is their ability to maintain a groovy hook in the midst of their fast-paced frenzies of blast beats and carnivorous, visceral riffs. This shines through even on their first EP, and it's exceedingly prevalent in the aforementioned songs. Much like where every piece of visual art has shadows to accompany the highlights, every track on this release has a slow section to offset the hellstorms that the guitar and drums create; all the while, the monstrous bass looms and pummels the background like a demonic stampede. Even with the compressed, raw production value, the instruments still manage to find their own homes; rather than becoming too intertwined and indiscernible.

While everyone else in the satanic black metal underground in 1993 was more concerned with thrashing their guitars and drumkits as fast and frantically as possible, Archgoat set themselves apart by creating riffs and verses with substance. Angelcunt (Tales of Desecration) is still an extremely beefy release in all aspects, and its inclusion of slower segments, sinister whispers, captivating organ sections, and demonic voices make it all the more interesting and worth listening to even 25 years later.

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