Metal Review – Goats of Doom: Ashes From the Past

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Goats of Doom: Ashes From the Past
Black Metal
Ewiges Eis Records
March 18th, 2014
Release length: 15:43
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Goats of Doom is a four-piece Black Metal band that hails from Nivale, Finland. Like many cryptic acts of the genre nowadays, the multi-talented members hide their true identities with pseudonyms that fit the darkly occult, Satanic and Lovecraftian themes including drummer Geneholocaust, Synth and vocalist Hermeticos Warmius, cello and vocalist Alesteir Alhazred, and finally Scaregod who handles guitars, bass, as well as vocals. It’s unclear when exactly the band came to be, but their first outing was the Deathcult ov Doomgoat with Dodkvlt in 2011, followed by the debut full-length album Lost in Time and Void a year later. For 2014 they return with a brand new three song EP titled Ashes from the Past, which is being handled by Ewiges Eis Records. But is this a suitable tease of what the future holds for fans of Goats of Doom, or is it just a mediocre cash grab?

Ashes from the Past has a fairly crisp production quality behind it, especially on the drums that, with the exception of the bass kicks, sound a little louder than they need to be, becoming more of a distraction in some parts of “Lord of the Flies” than anything else. The buzzing guitars are a bit muffled as well, a trait that can be found on the other two tracks, but it allows the bass guitar to really come through. This is one aspect where the EP excels and is especially important when this song treads into two-step Punk groove territory in some of the bridges that oddly work when coming in or leaving a gothic piece accentuated with simpler keyboard notes that typically lead to a rather melodic chorus similar to that of Cradle of Filth.

“Musta Seremonia” isn’t all the much faster really, but the energy on display atop the sometimes dry sounding riffs makes it a lot more hostile everywhere but the breakdown and the bridge leading into it. There are plenty of solid hooks to be found throughout this one, though in some spots, like around fifty seconds in, you can be greeted with a noticeable but clearly unintentional Humpa beat. Meanwhile “Viimeinen Sinetti” has some rich melodic aspects as well, though those hit harder at the start and towards the end to add some additional hints of glory to the mix. The main verses have a nice subtle gallop going on which greatly benefits from the louder bass guitar, all of which increases to either a far more aggressive blastbeat fuelled chorus or an additional passage with some catchy blackened riffs. While not the most impressive of the three, “Viimeinen Sinetti” is definitely the tightest experience you’ll have.

For a three song EP, Ashes from the Past manages to accomplish what it presumably sets out to do, and that’s to give their fans some solid new music to hold them over until the next full-length drops. Goats of Doom‘s focus on blurring the lines between traditional Black Metal and that of largely melodic riffs continues to sharpen on this release, and the use of the louder bass guitar level just makes it all work out a hell of a lot better than if it were just a deep buried pulse. With just under sixteen minutes of material that leaves little to be spoken negatively about, Ashes from the Past is a superb place to start getting familiar with these mysterious Finnish metallers if you happen to be unfamiliar with them, and another enjoyable little piece for fans to gorge themselves on.

01. Lord of the Flies – 6:17
02. Viimeinen Sinetti – 4:21
03. Musta Seremonia – 5:06
Initial Pressing Score: 8/10

Goats of Doom
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Ewiges Eis Records via Against PR.