Sunday, August 19, 2018

Review: Archgoat - Eternal Damnation of Christ

Given that Archgoat's fourth EP release, Eternal Damnation of Christ, is just under eleven minutes in length, there's unfortunately not a whole lot to say. For one thing, the content leaves audiences thirsty for more, and it's an excellent anticipation-builder for their upcoming fourth full-length album, The Luciferian Crown, which is due out in just under a month at the time of writing.

Genre: Death/Black Metal
Label: Debemur Morti Productions
Release Date: September 29, 2017
  1. Black Mass Mysticism
  2. Eternal Damnation of Christ
Total Playtime: 10 minutes, 45 seconds




Rating: 8.5/10

Given that Archgoat's fourth EP release, Eternal Damnation of Christ, is just under eleven minutes in length, there's unfortunately not a whole lot to say. For one thing, the content leaves audiences thirsty for more, and it's an excellent anticipation-builder for their upcoming fourth full-length album, The Luciferian Crown, which is due out in just under a month at the time of writing.

The content kicks off with the slow and doomy beginning of "Black Mass Mysticism", and right from the get-go it seems that my prediction that Archgoat would move in a more well-produced direction was correct. While it's not shined to a sickening polish, the production quality of Eternal Damnation of Christ is miles ahead of all previous releases from the band. The material still hangs on to a lingering grittiness that pushes Lord Angelslayer's evil guitar tone to new levels of diabolicalness.


For the first true time in the history of Archgoat, the drums finally get the place in the sound mixing that they deserve. Though very little more than blast beats are present on this release, the solid thumping of the bass drum and snare, combined with the slightly muffled hi-hats all work well to enhance the guitar riffs. The bass guitar is still barely noticeable, however, but it sits just between the drums and guitar with a mild, woody tone.

Of course of the two songs offered on this short EP, the title track is the most noteworthy and menacing. Eternal Damnation of Christ is a solid effort by Archgoat and one that has kept us on the edge of our seats in anticipation for 2018's full-length release. However, it's agreed on by many of the band's fans that it's still no Angelcunt (Tales of Desecration). The line-up for The Luciferian Crown suggests that the band have added a keyboardist to their ranks, along with a new drummer, so we'll just have to wait and hear how it all works out in the end.

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