ARCHGOAT — Whore of Bethlehem

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4.14 | 8 ratings | 2 reviews
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Album · 2006

Filed under War Metal
By ARCHGOAT

Tracklist

1. Invocation (2:11)
2. Angel of Sodomy (2:57)
3. Lord of the Void (5:07)
4. Dawn of the Black Light (4:55)
5. Luciferian Darkness (2:59)
6. Desecration (4:34)
7. Black Crusade (3:32)
8. Whore of Bethlehem (4:10)
9. Grand Marshall of the Black Tower (2:56)
10. Hammer of Satan (2:15)

Total Time: 35:36

Bonus DVD:
1. Live At Under The Black Sun, 15.07.06, Helenau, Germany (Bonus) (14:25)
2. Live In Riihimaki Finland, 1993 (Bonus) (15:45)

Total Time 30:10

Line-up/Musicians

- Lord Angelslayer / Bass, Vocals
- Ritual Butcher / Guitars
- Sinisterror / Drums

About this release

Format: CD, CD + DVD (1500 copies)
Label: Hammer of Hate Records
Release date: September 9th, 2006

Format: Cassette (333 copies)
Label: InCoffin Productions
Release date: 2007

First 50 copies in gold cover/remainder in silver. Only available in Thailand.

Format: Cassette (500 copies)
Label: Terratur Possessions
Release date: 2007

First 100 copies released in a box with a patch.

Format: 12" vinyl (33⅓ RPM) (1000 copies)
Label: Blasphemous Underground Productions
Release date: August 22nd, 2007

Format: 12" vinyl (33⅓ RPM) (1000 copies)
Label: Debemur Morti Productions
Release date: July 27th, 2011

Picture disc.

Format: CD Digipak
Label: Debemur Morti Productions
Release date: 2015

Format: 12" vinyl (33⅓ RPM)
Label: Debemur Morti Productions
Release date: 2015

TransparentRed/Black Splatter vinyl.

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Warthur
Go down that dark alleyway at the intersection of brutal death metal and lo-fi black metal and you'll get coshed over the head by the gutteral hybrid style known as war metal. Archgoat's Whore of Bethlehem is a short, sharp burst of fury, adeptly deploying the most brutal weapons in the war metal arsenal. From the subgenre's black metal heritage, you have a filthy, murky production sound which evokes a deliciously evil atmosphere; from the brutal death metal side of the family tree, you have the gutteral grunts of Lord Angelslayer and a tendency to stick to the lower end of the sonic spectrum. This is metal you might hear coming from an enemy warlord's bunker on the battlefields of World War IV.

I'm not sure I'd want much more than 35 minutes of Archgoat in one sitting, or many more albums in a similar vein, but as far as comprehensive explorations of a very niche musical style goes Whore of Bethlehem is pretty decent.
Vehemency
Many black metal bands from the 90s made a comeback during the next decade. Archgoat was one of them with their 2006 album Whore of Bethlehem, which definitely isn’t just a lazy warming-up album by old veterans. Although the band had such a big break from new releases, Whore of Bethlehem sounds still as Archgoat as possible: death / black metal mixture in an underground vein. Mixture might be a bad choice of word, though, since this band comes from a time when the line between death metal and black metal wasn’t so distinct.

Basically, what we have here is an extremely furious and filthy album. The album is produced to sound really muddy, and it fits to the death reeking atmosphere. Lord Angelslayer’s guttural low growls are almost incomprehensible, but luckily the lyrics are provided. ”Whore of Bethlehem” includes both fast and slow, sometimes even doomish, riffing which is nicely backed up by a talented drummer (who actually is the only member who’s not part of the original line-up). The wisely-thought transitions between slow and fast moments are one of Archgoat’s best elements. At times there’s even synths (”Dawn of the Black Light”) and some church bell sounds (”Black Crusade”) to create massive climaxes - and they work indeed.

Whore of Bethlehem’s style of death / black metal worship is nothing new, but it is done in such an exquisite and archgoatian way. There is absolutely zero filler material, everything is in its right place. 35 minutes is a good playing time for an album of this kind, so that it doesn’t lose its power at any time and won’t sound tedious towards the ending. Albums like Whore of Bethlehem are easily ruined by making the total playing time too long.

I’m still afraid to give full five stars as this is still fairly new album (and, well, the muddy production always COULD breathe a bit more, but it’s not a problem really), but things might change in the future. I will give this album a few more years until I’m ready to decide is it worth of full points.

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