5/30/2007 - Review by: Al Kikuras
Urgehal - Goatcraft Torment - 2006 - Southern Lord
The opening title track is a prime example of what Urgehal do best: mix up tempos, annunciate vocals, and play songs with memorable parts and vocal lines while still remaining filthy to the core. From the rumbling bass, the meaty guitars, full drum sound, and vocals that are absolutely dripping with spite, Goatcraft Torment is a potent shot in the arse to a genre where so many tread the same water in the same pattern without doing anything remotely interesting. Urgehal may not be breaking new ground, but they are writing and releasing material that is a good head above many of their contemporaries when it comes to quality and intensity. Goatcraft Torment is an infinitely listenable album that will give purists nothing to complain about, and one that harnesses much of the attitude and catchiness of classic old thrash without diluting the pure black metal forumla.
--Al Kikuras 05.09.07
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