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So, once again we find ourselves staring down the loaded barrel of a solo black metal album. It seems that anymore, all you have to do is know how to play guitar and bass, and work a drum machine in order to have a CD released. Well, that and the traditional corpse paint and lyrics against Christianity. Well, that’s the case here, but this package at least come with talent.
Finding a band that can breathe a breath of fresh air into the lungs of a slowly dying breed of rock is hard to find these days. “Evergrey”, however, might just be the answer to the immortal question, “Where did all the good progressive metal acts go?”
Once again, Darkthrone has mixed up their musical style. And, just like expected, once again, more fans are outraged further by the music presented on one of the band’s latest releases. The Cult Is Alive seems to be stirring up a lot of controversy from people who claim to be fans, but clearly don’t understand the inspirations behind the band for it’s style of music. This is saddening since The Cult Is Alive is easily one of the best albums this band has released since A Blaze In The Northern Sky.
On the very first run through of this release, the fear that what was in the CD player was nothing more then some sort of “kvlt” black metal attempt by the band Darkthrone, unaware of the history behind this release. After some quick researching to learn exactly what Goatlord was, it became a little more tolerable. Goatlord happens to be a collection of songs recorded during a rehearsal between the Soulside Journey and A Blaze In The Northern Sky releases. These songs were scrapped when the band hit the black metal style that they use today, and at some point later on the band decided to release the demo tape for the fans. Given the time period this was recorded, this sounds pretty good considering it’s just a rehearsal tape and not a full blown full length studio recording, and definitely a nice piece for fans who obsess over Darkthrone.