|Black Metal, Death Metal
November 30th, 2011
Release length: 24:29
One thing that Unholy Exaltation of Fullmoon Perversity has going for it is the atmosphere that the rather raw production quality establishes. The primitive environments are undeniably apparent, though may escape the listener at first spin, and at times it seems even the band. The guitars have a very deep distortion to them that they blend in nicely with the low, sometimes twanging or rattling bass guitar input. The drums are quite muffled, but overall still fill up the music well. The snares have a tighter sound that ends up a bit thick due to the audio, and the same goes for the bass kicks and their slight click that can easily be washed away. The cymbals fill things up well enough, though when the music picks up in richness, their distinct input ends up meshing together, but in a positive way. Vocally, there’s nothing too new about this release, as it’s just growls and rhaspier enthusiasm, moreso the first than the latter, at a similar distance to the drum kit, but heavily echoed and brought up in the mix a little more. All of this sounds typical, and while not necessarily evil or sinister, it does make for a very distinct primitive sound that really stands out among the many bands that try to push this sort of agenda in a melancholic or hopeless manner.
But, while the atmosphere sounds genuinely primal and even ancient at times, that doesn’t necessarily mean this album is good from start to finish. Unfortunately, many of the songs here end up coming off rather simple thanks to that production quality, as well as just the performances themselves. When the guitars really stick out, such as how they do at the start of “Nuclear Cunt” and “Antichrist Kommand,” you can easily get whipped into a frenzy. This faster track stands out as one of the more important offerings, really pushing the guitar forward and having an early Black Metal sound to it that is just venomous and riddled with hatred. The echoed gutturals really help to hook the listener by the juggular alongside the catchy drumming, and there’s enough variety to the pace that will make you want to mosh right along to it. That same sense of hate can be found in “The Hideous Stench of Occult Slaughter,” though this largely Death Metal offering is slower, taking on a mid-pace with faster passages of grinding intensity. The main thing going for this song is the generally oppressive groove that will instantly have you bobbing your head along to some of the passages, but overall it isn’t the most attention grabbing cut this release has to offer.
Unfortunately, it seems right after the first track, much of the release starts to go down hill. With the exception of the Grindcore influenced “By the Light of the Moon,” which doesn’t work out too well with the audio quality, vastly removing itself from the primal sense and coming off a better interlude than an actual song, you get a number of slower offerings. These are largely simpler tracks, even when the pace does pick up. The guitar chords here and there may be a bit more on the chaotic side, but the drumming has vastly spiraled into the mediocre, and given how important a role they often play, you can’t help but sift through some of the tracks just beyond this point as being rather bland and uninspiring. “Nocturnal Hunt” also doesn’t wrap things up too well as a climax. The guitars here don’t seem to properly capture what the band is going for, and in a way give off a bit of an eccentric or Avant-Garde tone to the main passages. The louder, clean wail of the guitar for the solo returns as well, and it works as an introduction the dismal tones that follow, but overall it harkens back to the early Black Metal sound “Nuclear Cunt” had, ushering in a bit of a Crossover Thrash Metal approach worth doing some Hardcore dancing too, or a simple mosh pit. It isn’t a bad track, but overall it feels way too upbeat compared to the rest of the release.
Things do pick up once more during “Blackwinged Abominator,” which finds a quicker speed ushering in some stronger material once more, though it does have a tendency to slow down here and there and utilize the less complex drumming and chords, thankfully not as often. The guitar solo here is a little more on the melodic side, and really stands out the most in the song to once again bring some atmosphere into the mix that isn’t borderline dismal or non-existant like the previous few songs. “Antichrist Kommand” has some stronger Black Metal chords at work, as well as a much richer and tighter vocal performance. This song is the most primal of them all, and really makes you feel like you are in the middle of a tribal ritual that is too short for its own good.
Unholy Exaltation of Fullmoon Perversity is far from a bad EP, but it could have been a hell of a lot better. The audio quality is spot on, and in many ways gives a truly primal and ritualistic tone many underground groups that dabble in the raw concept would kill for. But, when the band heads into the more typical compositions for Death Metal, things do take a turn for the worst. Not only that, but the two styles don’t really seem to mesh together too well, feeling like the aformentioned approach is largely associated with Black Metal only thanks to the venomous raw hatred in the production. You have some songs that work out quite well, and others that simply don’t, and for an EP that’s not too far past the twenty four minute mark, that isn’t exactly something to be proud of. There’s plenty of potential on display here, and with time Weregoat will definitely hone their sound a lot more, but, for now, Unholy Exaltation of Fullmoon Perversity is a decent recording that fans of the underground will undoubtedly continue to rave about, more than likely simply because of Nocturnal Hellfuker’s presence and his ties to Ritual Necromancy, a common arguement in many reviews circulating around the net, and not necessarily the quality of the work itself.
01. Nuclear Cunt – 3:31
02. The Hideous Stench of Occult Slaughter – 3:30
03. By the Light of the Moon – 1:15
04. Abysmal Whore – 2:12
05. Invoke the Black Oblivion – 4:42
06. Blackwinged Abominator – 3:29
07. Antichrist Kommand – 1:13
08. Nocturnal Hunt – 5:41
|Overall Score: 6.5/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Parasitic Records.