Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Review: Archgoat - Heavenly Vulva (Christ's Last Rites)

Archgoat's third EP offering comes in the form of Heavenly Vulva (Christ's Last Rites). The album itself was recorded over the course of three short days in September of 2011, at a place known as The Temple of the Black Moon. This release also marks Archgoat's first record deal with Debemur Morti Productions, the label that they've stood by ever since.

Genre: Death/Black Metal
Label: Debemur Morti Productions
Release Date: October 14, 2011
  1. Intro
  2. Blessed Vulva
  3. Goddess of the Abyss of Graves
  4. Penetrator of the Second Temple
  5. Day of Clouds
  6. Passage to Millennial Darkness
Total Playtime: 16 minutes, 04 seconds




Rating: 7.0/10



Archgoat's third EP offering comes in the form of Heavenly Vulva (Christ's Last Rites). The album itself was recorded over the course of three short days in September of 2011, at a place known as The Temple of the Black Moon. This release also marks Archgoat's first record deal with Debemur Morti Productions, the label that they've stood by ever since.

Of course, Heavenly Vulva (Christ's Last Rites) wouldn't be an Archgoat release if it didn't open with an ambient track filled with disturbing keyboard work and backward speech; nevertheless, tradition is tradition. Instead of a harsh transition into hell, listeners are greeted with the tolling bells and slow, chunky groove riffs of "Blessed Vulva", one of the stronger tracks on this short excursion. It's right from this moment that audiences can tell that the band has moved away from their overly raw sound, and into a slightly higher production quality.


Not many songs stand out on their own here, but "Penetrator of the Second Temple" manages to hold its own. It brings with it the same 'ol hot and heavy/slow and dreamlike pattern that Archgoat has made their signature sound over the years. Haunting choir synths and deep, brooding guitar hooks keep listeners engaged and interested, not to mention there's also some amazing bass drum work in action, and Sinisterror manages to be all over the place on his drumkit at all times.

Even though Heavenly Vulva (Christ's Last Rites) isn't the best weapon in Archgoat's arsenal, it's still not a bad one. In fact, this short-but-sweet EP marks a turning point in the band's career; to higher production values and less repetition. It's nice to hear a solid release that doesn't have that one particular slow groove riff in it that has appeared in almost every other offering by the band. There are few tracks that stand out, but the ones that do are great to listen to time and time again. 

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