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Goatcraft – Goatcraft

by Death Metal Black Metal
December 4, 2011 –

Genres form when they break away from their origins by specialization, and then are either re-absorbed through norming or develop themselves to the point where they feel safe commenting on their inspirations. Goatcraft appears within a newly-emerged genre that is in part informed by underground metal, and in part by a mix of neofolk, soundtracks and Gothic dark ambient music.

Continuing the line of influences like Endura, Black Aria, Dark Sanctuary, Winglord, Sophia and Lord Wind, Goatcraft takes up the form of dark ambient that borrows from neofolk and metal the spirit of gravitas, or a contemplative, and thus morbid, outlook on life that embraces the larger process and denies the individual. This worship of raw power and human negation is the most terrifying thing your average ego-bound individual can confront, but it presents itself through a soundtrack that would be at home in a Steven King film or plane crash documentary.

All songs are semi-extemporaneous, working from a lead riff of a few notes to wrap it into different configurations and by thus varying its endings, leading to new phrases which eventually return to the same themes but in mutated form. Its inspiration thus is closest to the soundtracks that borrowed the modern music of Wagner and Bruckner and fused it with Hollywood drama, creating a heightened sense of suspension of disbelief and emotion that can be truly transporting. All of this emerges from handily sparse keyboard riffs repeated with background chording in layers, much like Glenn Danzig’s Dark Aria and the Burzum albums it spawned.

What is most interesting about Goatcraft is the lack of showing off; the music flows together, like only something that is simultaneously off-the-cuff and the result of long general contemplation can be. The result is like curtains closing on a stage and then turning transparent: gauzy shadows moving through resonant sound. If metal is to mutate, and dark ambient is to endure, it is optimal that what survives should be the ancient spirit and sense of isolation that silhouettes an order to the universe that dwarfs humankind.

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  • brutal slayer of christians, noble hessian warrior of death

    Just curious, does Conservationist post on every message board he can find? I saw a post of his in the Askmen board.

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  • Sounded interesting beside that !

    “a soundtrack that would be at home in a Steven King film or plane crash documentary.”

    way to advert your stuff as boring shit…

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  • Prozak's mom

    I prefer to have interracial sex with black men than listen to metal. My pussy is a real mess after being bombarded by huge black mega cocks! Shame my son left home after I tried to involve him in a gang bang with me.

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  • Phantom Lord

    I thought this was going to suck ass, but actually it’s pretty good. Much better than that neofolk faggotry (no offense to faggots, keep on fucking that chicken). All the kids now listen to dubstep though. If you can make epic battle death dubstep, I’ll put on my armor and listen.

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  • just try reading The Shining. Be thankful for Kubrick the Aspic

    ““a soundtrack that would be at home in a Steven King film or plane crash documentary.”

    Note how he said Steven King FILM, not NOVEL.

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  • Liszt Ferenc

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZIRFmsMmOw

    All I could find of this band on youtube was this, and this sounds like some kid trying to play black metal on a piano, absolutely retarded. Just banging away one chord straight on the beat, BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG. If I were to show this to any of my piano playing friends, they would laugh their asses off.

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  • Queero Mc Hungo @ Aspic Lord

    Aren’t you the same fag that loves to wear wigs and give free blow jobs to metalheads? I knew I had met you somewhere, you can have my big cock anytime sweetbuns.

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  • Droppings form the turdbowl of NegruVoda's mind


    A thread on /mu/ actually inspired me to give Mental Funeral another whirl. I used to listen to this a lot as a teen, then I shelved it and forgot about it. It really is a good album, in a very unique and “indie” style for death metal. The songs are different from each other and unconventional without being wanky or “technical”. It’s quite melodic, actually; probably the biggest draw of it is that it creates the sewerish, eerie atmosphere that it does through actual melody and music, and not through sounding like shit. It doesn’t sound like the typical chunky spastic explosion death metal with clickfest drumming. I would describe it as Deerhoof going death metal. A lot of the more exotic leads on it give it a sound similar to Death’s song “Zombie Ritual”. I’d recommend it to anyone who doesn’t know anything about death metal and feels adventurous. Unfortunately, like Dissection, I also think there’s none better in its league, or even bands that sound alike. The bigger Swedish death metal bands all overdo it and sound more conventional. Maybe there’s some obscure Autopsy clone I forgot about?

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  • myBallsGonnaBust

    @Droppings I believe there’s a current norwegian Autopsy clone roaming about these days… can’t quite grasp the name at this moment in time – you might wanna try listening to Abscess and Autopsy have a 2008 Ep and a 2010 album – and NO, they haven’t wimpd out!

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  • Good anus fags never die, they just get arrested for threatening korn

    The hell with mastodon fag, what I wanna know is what happened to Midieval Prog Rock guy, his uploads were great

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  • with that in mind, brutal slayer is a true brutal soul

    >Dark music for BRUTAL SOULS…

    The only ones who are “brutal souls” are those who got molested by their parents. Anything else is just posing.

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  • @lol

    This shit pisses me off. First, my german shepherd wouldn’t knot my asshole properly, and now I have to get on this shitty site and see you autistic faggots slander my writing… which is leagues ahead of the autistic drivel shat out by the anus, btw.

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  • Mastodon guy

    I was molested by my parents… and I loved it! I can’t believe so many people are bigoted against child molestation, it’s simple a harmless paraphilia and alternative lifestyle. My daddy would always make me suck his dick and fuck my uncles, and with all that practice I have won several adult film awards, including best gay interracial gang bang. I am also a huge Mastodon fan, their music is really for brutal souls and nonconformists. Many of the guys at the Occupy Wall Street Protests I attended were good cocksucking metalheads too.

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  • brutal slayer of christians, noble hessian warrior of death

    My parents did not molest me you cretin. My first sexual experience was with a mature woman who was turned on by my grandiose muscular frame. Even as a virgin, my phallus gave her much pleasure!

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  • NV

    Haha, I love it, but I don’t get the third one. Like… Is it supposed to show the inconsistency of the general consensus?

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  • nah who am I kidding you're still a virg

    >My first sexual experience was with a mature woman

    Well you already said it wasn’t your parents, so that leaves grandmother, or at best, aunt… and I doubt anyone but an osteoporotic shriveled bag of bones would regard you as “grandiose” or “muscular”.

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  • Not Dominated but I like him

    If you’re into magma you might also like Infernal Machina, basicaly the same band but music’s written by the bass player instead of drummer. There : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAaMV1mRRCo
    The album is a one hour build up though, so a single track won’t do much.
    For me it’s definitely more statisfying than all the metalised Kraftwerk stuff like Goatfuck.

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  • lol @ dominated fags

    you guys are fucking retarded. no standards for your prog whatsoever as long as its fruity.

    I’ll just King Crimson thanks.

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  • Dominating Fucker @ lol @ dominated fags

    i’M SOorry guys, I just don’t like it when someone is having a good time sharing good music to other people and those other people having a good time listening to good music.

    You See i get jealous/envious and I throw a FIT!

    I will MOCK you because I don’t care if King Crimson and the above posted bands are good or not… IT IS ALL ABOUT ME, it has to be about me or I throw FITS!!!

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