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Goat Worship - Shore of the Dead

Goat Worship
Shore of the Dead
by Kayla Hutton at 31 May 2018, 6:13 AM

Independent one-man band GOAT WORSHIP has released his third album “Shore of the Dead” via Xtreem Music April 26th, 2018. Having created GOAT WORSHIP in 2013 and released an E.P.,”Doomsday”, and debut album “Blood and Steel” in 2016. This Brazilian native knows what he is doing. Stating he created the project to take on the sound of old BATHORY, he has certainly done that, and BATHORY’s playing is far from simple. “Wolf” takes on a similar persona to that of TIAMATs sound on “The Astral Sleep.” A raw and gritty sound that has more high end then low and more thrash metal sound than death metal. As the open chords are strummed in “Wolf” the relentless bashing of a snare is accompanied by cymbal crashes tucked away in the background and a whaling lead that is kept short and sweet.

“The Blood Countess” is dead on to BATHORY’s “Reaper.GOAT WORSHIP captured the sound that defined an era and was a turning point in extreme metal as the community embraced the formation of sub genre’s like death, black, and Viking metal. “Final Solution”, is a moshers dream anthem full of speed metal drumming and tremolo picking. The wickedness in the high pitched snarling vocals paints the atmosphere in a hellish black filled with a raging torrent. The only downside on this track is the punch in overdub for the melodic, brief, and well played solo is more than obvious and not blended into the mix. The tone is different than the main rhythm guitar which makes it stand out so prominently. GOAT WORSHIP is a conglomeration of old school 80’s influence all cranked out by one guy. Of course, that may make it more impressive that one guy learned every instrument and played them all live rather than relied on Pro Tools and programming.

“Shore of the Dead” captures a sound and a style based on GOAT WORSHIPs deep-rooted love of metal and his passion is more than obvious while his homage to the greats should be recognized and praised.

Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Memorability: 8
Production: 6

3 Star Rating

1. The Blood Countess
2. Yggdrasil
3. The Burning of the Witches
4. Kingdom of the Gods
5. Wolf
6. The Final Battle
7. Final Solution
8. Shore of the Dead
Hades - All Instruments & Vocals
Sadist - Drums (Session)
Record Label: Xtreem Music


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