Goatwhore- The Eclipse Of Ages Into Black
Band Homeland- USA
Band Homepage: www.goatwhore.net
Label Homepage- http://www.rottenrecords.com
Released in 2000 on Rotten Records, “The Eclipse Of Ages Into Black” is the first offering from this side-project turned mainline effort. Initially an expression from members of much more popular American bands, Goatwhore has developed a life all of its own, and stands on it’s own merits without drawing fame or recognition from the larger bands that it is connected with.
Utilizing all the musical aspects one would expect to find on a Black metal album (chattering blastbeats, driving doublekick, howling grim vocals, and pure guitars), Goatwhore creates an atmosphere that will be familiar to anyone who has listened to Black Metal for any amount of time, but with a twist of American Death Metal influence thrown in, as well as some hardcore punk rock energy. Nailing this sound down with a single phrase is impossible. Depending on the song played, or even the portion of an individual song, your opinion could be widely different. Influences from many different musical genres can be seen through the album, but in no part does “The Eclipse Of Ages Into Black” become anything less than what it sets out to be, which is a blistering and abusive tonal assault. The driving force of the music created on this album is absolutely brutal, and the impact is unforgiving. Even in harmonic interludes, the atmosphere never lightens. This album brings a dark cloud on the horizon, and does so with respectable honesty.
“The Eclipse Of Ages Into Black” has enough meat on its bones to satisfy even the most bitter and true cave troll Black Metal elitists. Songs like “Gravedom”, “Under A Dark God”, and “Graveyards And Dead Angels” could have as easily shown up on a necro and underground Norwegian effort. Just because they are from the Southern United States doesn’t mean they aren’t worthy.
Having listened to this album many times since I bought it, I will say that sometimes I’m in the mood for it and other times I’m not. But no matter what kind of mood I am in, “The Eclipse Of Ages Into Black” is a freshman offering any band should be proud of.
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