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Goatmilker - Exterminate the Holy

Exterminate the Holy
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 30 June 2022, 5:28 AM

Behind the themes linked to blasphemy in lyrics, there is in reality a strong sense of criticism towards religions (especially Christian religions), because the acts of the past and present. It’s nothing more than that, even having scientific articles and thesis about such a matter (it’s just an abstract, so it’s recommended to check some articles in the future), and can be said as an inheritance given by many pioneers into a specific Metal genre. In Death Metal, it’s not needed to name some acts that did (and do) things in this way. And GOATMILKER is one of them, as can be checked on “Exterminate the Holy”.

This Dutch band is a Death Metal works on a trend that is traditional, in a similar way to names as INCANTATION, CENTURIAN, DEICIDE, IMMOLATION and others in this way, but even not trying to reform the genre, the band’s work shows some unexpected elements (as the groove rhythms on “Upon the Cross”) and has a very good technical load. And what energy these songs are showing, so you better take care with your ears when dealing with this album. Being recorded at The Goatmilker Studio, the songs were re-amped, mixed and mastered by the hands of Ronnie Björnström at BLP Studios. One can say that this brutal and nasty sonority brings the fresh and defined appeal of modern recording technologies, but with a brutal and classical appeal. And some guests can be found on the album: Sigrid Veerbeek on spoken words on “Let’s End This”, Tommy Dahlström on the vocals on “Just a Carpenter”, Sjors Maas on the vocals on “Church Rapaciousness”, Ivo van den Dungen on the vocals on “Hang the Priest”, Dave Meester on lead guitars on “Unanswered Prayers”, Zeb Nilsson on lead guitars on “Church Rapaciousness”, and Wilfred Veerbeek on acoustic guitars on “Pathway to Oratory”.

Musically, these 9 tracks (“Let’s End This” and “Pathway to Oratory” are intros) are a fine example of what the band can do, but the massive brutality of “Unanswered Prayers” (very good technical tempos and a great work on bass guitar parts, where some Jazz-influenced parts appear), “Familia Sodomiticium” (a massive neck-crushing speed set of fast parts can be heard, with nasty catchy guitars), “Upon the Cross” (another moments with technical tempos, with the programmed drums and bass guitar doing very good rhythmical traces), “Just a Carpenter” (this one presents some features that are usual for Technical/Brutal Death Metal acts, with very good low guttural grunts), and “Hang the Priest” (with the presence of many Death Metal hooks, especially due the fine guitar parts) are the best ones. But one bite on “One Left to Kill” is recommend as well.

GOATMILKER shows a good work on “Exterminate the Holy”, but it seems that Joey (the only member of the band) still has some potential left to be turned into a musical work in the future.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 9
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Let’s End This
2. Unanswered Prayers
3. Familia Sodomiticium
4. Upon the Cross
5. Behind the Cellardoor
6. Just a Carpenter
7. Pathway to Oratory
8. Church Rapaciousness
9. Hang the Priest
10. Watchtowerwhore Abattoir
11. One Left to Kill
Joey Veerbeek - Bass, Guitars, Vocals
Niek Boonman - Programmed Drums (guest)
Record Label: Via Nocturna


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