Great Goath! First impression is, this new output from Goath is pretty darn good. The artwork seems excellent. Some of their other releases didn’t quite do it for me, but this one hits the spot. There is a nice mix of basic time signature riffs. The main thing is that the high level of aggression in all the instruments and vocals works on this one, whereas the other stuff I heard before was boring and lower pitched, like war metal kinda, with some Deicide. The whole thing sounds really old school underground, not aiming for total show-off or the best production, but instead going for authenticity and aggressiveness.
The second song really picks up about half-way through. Cool simple mega-rock toms build-up during Born of Fornication, like an old Kiss song, and are followed by a nice old early Enslaved rock beat type riff. This Followed by catchy grinding and then a blast. What a great song!
I enjoy how the band manages to mix in a bit of old school melodic death metal riffs juxtaposed against the more chromatic chunky jagged riffs. It is encouraging to see a band like this, which is improving while going back to an old school sound. The only riffs I don’t like so far emerge around 10:45 with a Sabbath and then a Cannibal Corpse type riff. I would have sliced those out. But alas. There is a nice Swedish um-chet riffs not far after, as this band gets back up off the mat to fight.
Overall Goath follows the Old Laws well:
1. Thou shalt be brutal.
2. Thou shalt not show off on thy guitar or drums unless it is called for.
3. Thou shalt only overuse thy double-bass at the right moment.
Now we come to song 4. The guitar tone has taken a nosedive. Am growing concerned! Bad drumming. Yet it is holding my interest. This turns out to just be an intro. Not sure what to make of it. Am really enjoying the comeback at 16:45.
I like the Mayhem styled holler at 18:45! Holla’ out brotha! Man this song has great grooves, and is oodles of fun, like running over a town of helpless leftist peasants with an Abrams tank.
Myth of Forgiveness is probably a bit more tedious riff wise, but still really works overall. The low tonic note bridge followed by the brief thrash riff really works. And the drummer gets funky and groovy in an old school metal way, shortly thereafter.
I could go on and on, but needless to say, this a quality album which would make a splendid addition to your metal collection.