GOATBLOOD - Veneration Of Armageddon CD
For the past five years, this chains- and bullet-bedecked power-duo have been polluting the metal underground with their belligerent brand of bestial black/death. A handful of demos as well as a split were vomited forth before GOATBLOOD's momentous debut album, “Adoration of Blasphemy and War”, in 2015. Ever aptly titled, “Adoration of Blasphemy and War” soundly put the band on the international map, and proved that new, gnarly twists can be made to the rigorous bestial metal template. Alas, with a few more ensuing splits, time has come for the second GOATBLOOD album, equally aptly titled “Veneration of Armageddon”. If “Adoration of Blasphemy and War” pushed the envelope and punished the (un)willing listener, then “Veneration of Armageddon” gleefully takes that garish assault one step further. Across 18 tracks in a swift 'n' salacious 37 minutes, GOATBLOOD explode forth with a pulsing, pestilent savagery from which there is no reprieve. It's dank and disgusting, dungeon-toned and treacherous, whipping the listener into a hellish, hallucinogenic trance. And yet, for however unrelenting all these songs are, “Veneration of Armageddon” retains a rare, ever-elusive catchiness, GOATBLOOD here nodding as much to nascent grindcore like early BLOOD, EXTREME NOISE TERROR, and DOOM as they do BLASPHEMY, BEHERIT, and ARCHGOAT. In other words, it's simply everything that ingratiated “Adoration of Blasphemy and War” to the dieharder faithful, but taken to more extremes - and extremely memorable, in the process. Desecrate the birth of a bastard hobo with “Veneration of Armageddon”!