|Review: Year of the Goat - Lucem Ferre|
Label: Van Records
Year released: 2011
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: April 30, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (8 Votes)
I have very little info on this band, except that I can tell you they are awesome. They have no website, no Myspace, no nothing that I could find. Far from being an underground BM act, this is retro NWOBHM/Doom in the tradition of Stormwitch, Blue Oyster Cult, Witchfinder General and other such 70's psych/pagan/occult bands. They kick off with the smooth, hooky "Of Darkness" and grab you right off with catchy vocals and some fine melodic leads, then they move right into the epic "Vermillion Clouds", which is doomier and darker. Track three is "Dark Lord", which is apparently a cover though I have never heard the original, and it's a heavy, kickass tune. The title cut is a short instrumental, and does nothing to satisfy the cravings this disc engendered in me. I really, really like what I hear on this, and I only wish it were longer so I could rate it higher. Look for a full-length out sometime early next year, hopefully, but meanwhile, check out this badass EP.
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