Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Goat Torment - ‘Sermons To Death’ (Album Review)

By: Chris Bull

Album Type: Full-Length
Date Released: 20/06/2015
Label: Amor Fati Productions



The sound of the opening guitar riff on the imaginatively titled 'Defloration Of The Holy Cunt' is like a chainsaw wrapped in barb wire and dipped in broken glass and overall this is a really good effort from the band on their 2nd full album. Looking forward to seeing what they can conjure up in the future!


‘Sermons To Death’ CD//DD track listing:

1. Opening the Gates
2. Bones Aligned
3. Rising Dominion
4. Hierarchy of Negligence 
5. Within the Realm of Darkness
6. Defloration of the Holy Cunt
7. Death is Crowned
8. The Domineering Profane
9. Of Fire and Brimstone


Goat Torment is:

Kwel | Guitars, bass, vocals
Torturer | Drums


The Review:

If scathing blackened death metal is your thing then I suggest you give Goat Torment a listen. While not exactly reinventing the wheel it still packs a mighty punch and will definitely please a lot of people.

'Opening The Gates' is an intro track and sounds like a rumble below the surface of the earth, forcing itself through asphalt and concrete. 'Bones Aligned' is the resulting hellish disaster following on from this. Incantations and Satanic chants are aplenty and The Old Gods are being summoned. It sounds similar to Colombia/US's Inquisition in parts but with the vocals leaning more towards the death metal side of the fence and more menace. Personal highlight 'Heirarchy Of Negligence' has an almost doomy intro passage but with a steady blast beat that all breaks out into complete satanic mayhem.

The sound of the opening guitar riff on the imaginatively titled 'Defloration Of The Holy Cunt' is like a chainsaw wrapped in barb wire and dipped in broken glass. 'Death Is Crowned' is another great track and reminds me of Towers Of Flesh (that's most definitely a compliment). While there are an infinite number of blasts, it's not constant and allows the song to benefit from moments of suspense. The last 2 songs 'The Domineering Profane' and 'Of Fire And Brimstone' continue with the blistering blackened death, the latter standing out a bit more than the former with it's momentary slow passage and the hellish noise, the sound of flesh burning, trailing off at the end.

Really good effort from the band on their 2nd full album. Looking forward to seeing what they can conjure up in the future!



‘Sermons To Death’ is available here

FFO: Inquisition, Towers of Flesh

Band info: facebook

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