The Heavenly Vulva

Written by: EW on 31/03/2012 18:32:18

Pleasantries be damned, vulgarity is the name of the game for Finnish filth-mongers Archgoat on their EP "Heavenly Vulva (Christ's Last Rites). In truth knowing how underground black metallers are so touchy on their kvlt bands like Archgoat and impervious to critical judgments it's hardly worth me taking my time on this release; of course it is primitive, noxious and heinous but in it's short 16 minutes there something to behold in the 80's guitar tone and heavy bass sound that is strangely appealing. At moments such as the Beherit-esque openings to "Penetrator of the Second Temple" and the whole "Day of Clouds" the pace is medium and refined but for the remainder it is fast and brutal all the way, the heavy menace of death metal mixed with the darkness and nihilism of black metal to make such an unholy mix.

For the most part it is simple chords, blasting and barked growls all over as the primary ingredients although the odd moment of simple backing synth in "Blessed Vulva" (nice romantic ballad that one) is used to spice things up in what is a pretty bleak affair. At such short running time the immediacy of the songs and static feel can be forgiven (to an extent) to give "Heavenly Vulva" a decent perspective from the vision of the very underground warrior, the only market that Archgoat clearly maintain any interest in.


Download: Goddess Of The Abyss Of Graves
For The Fans Of: Beherit, Blasphemy, Black Witchery
Listen: Myspace

Release date: 14.10.2011
Debemur Morti Productions

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