ARCHGOAT

War Metal • Finland
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Archgoat is a Finnish war metal band formed in 1989. Their initial period of activity was between 1989 and 1993, when they released two demos and an EP titled "Angelcunt (Tales of Desecration)". They split up until about 2005 when an old recording was released as the "Angelslaying Black Fucking Metal" EP. Since their reformation they have released two full-length albums, "Whore of Bethlehem" in 2006 and "The Light Devouring Darkness" in 2009.
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ARCHGOAT Discography

ARCHGOAT albums / top albums

ARCHGOAT Whore of Bethlehem album cover 4.14 | 8 ratings
Whore of Bethlehem
War Metal 2006
ARCHGOAT The Light-Devouring Darkness album cover 4.25 | 4 ratings
The Light-Devouring Darkness
War Metal 2009
ARCHGOAT The Apocalyptic Triumphator album cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
The Apocalyptic Triumphator
War Metal 2015
ARCHGOAT The Luciferian Crown album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Luciferian Crown
War Metal 2018

ARCHGOAT EPs & splits

ARCHGOAT Angelcunt (Tales of Desecration) album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Angelcunt (Tales of Desecration)
War Metal 1992
ARCHGOAT Angelslaying Black Fucking Metal album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Angelslaying Black Fucking Metal
War Metal 2005
ARCHGOAT Desecration & Sodomy album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Desecration & Sodomy
War Metal 2008
ARCHGOAT Heavenly Vulva (Christ's Last Rites) album cover 3.09 | 2 ratings
Heavenly Vulva (Christ's Last Rites)
War Metal 2011
ARCHGOAT Reh & Live 1990 / Jesus Spawn album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Reh & Live 1990 / Jesus Spawn
War Metal 2013
ARCHGOAT Eternal Damnation of Christ album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eternal Damnation of Christ
War Metal 2017

ARCHGOAT live albums

ARCHGOAT Penis Perversor album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Penis Perversor
War Metal 1993

ARCHGOAT demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

ARCHGOAT Jesus Spawn album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jesus Spawn
War Metal 1991

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ARCHGOAT movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

ARCHGOAT Reviews

ARCHGOAT Whore of Bethlehem

Album · 2006 · War Metal
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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.

ARCHGOAT Heavenly Vulva (Christ's Last Rites)

EP · 2011 · War Metal
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Blessed metal...

Genre: raw blackened-death metal

A dark gift to the world, Archgoat's mini album Heavenly Vulva (Christ's Last Rites) is a collection of raw blackened death metal tracks, combining the filth of raw black metal with the brutality of primitive death metal. And, the music itself is actually pretty good if you dig primitive and brutal death metal, built on heavy and, at times, sludgy riffage as well as chaotic grinding passages with pounding blastbeats and almost punky guitar parts.

The music is actually pretty good. It is aggressive, dark and brutal and full of the primitive energies of raw black metal and raw death metal and is an example of true extreme music. Unfortunately, the vocals do not appeal to me at all. They are growled and guttural, appearing to have been enhanced further with some sort of effects to come across even more deep and guttural (much like in certain types of grindcore), and, to my ears, this actually disturbs the music to the point that the vocals annoys me.

The music on this release is brilliantly primitive and brutal, and the raw lo-fi production suits it perfectly. Any fan of old school grindcore, raw black metal, raw death metal and blackened death metal should check out this mini album.

(review originally posted at seaoftranquility.org)

ARCHGOAT The Light-Devouring Darkness

Album · 2009 · War Metal
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Vehemency
Three years after Whore of Bethlehem, Archgoat is back with another album. The Light-Devouring Darkness is very much in the same vein as its predecessor: merciless underground black / death metal with transitions from slow to fast sections (most audible probably in ”Tribulation of the King of Worms”) and occasional atmospheric culminations accompanied with synths (”Goat and the Moon”).

There are a few differences, though. The most audible change is the production. Where Whore of Bethlehem was a really muddy mess (still in a good way), The Light-Devouring Darkness has relatively clean sound, giving the album more air to breathe. Luckily it’s still done in underground spirit, so it is crushing and raw.

As usual with albums of this kind, The Light-Devouring Darkness doesn’t bring anything new to the table. All the compositions are heavy as hell (the new production giving them even more power), and there’s not a lot to complain about. However, this album didn’t affect in such a striking and surpising way as the previous full-length, because Whore of Bethlehem came out of nowhere after such a long break. That is why The Light-Devouring Darkness doesn’t reach as far as its predecessor, but it doesn’t mean that the album sucks in any way.

ARCHGOAT Whore of Bethlehem

Album · 2006 · War Metal
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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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