Dec 052016

Year of the Goat is a metal band from Sweden who do not have a wikipedia page so details are hard to come by. They sing a lot about Lucifer, wars with Angels, the coming darkness and mystic mountains but unlike a lot of occult metal bands, Year of the Goat has understandable lyrics and really amazing musical compositions. Songs are catchier than than you would expect from occult metal and you will catch yourself singing along.

The best insult/compliment I read from a critic was that he half-expected the band to launch into Age of Aquarius. He meant it as an insult but I think he nailed the epic coolness the music creates.

There is a melancholy to a lot of their music that I appreciate. They sing a lot about rebelling devils but the songs feel like morale boosters for a side that has lost and probably will never win. Considering that a lot of their albums sound like a lost project from 70’s Sabbath or the Blue Oyster cult, this innate feeling of loss feels appropriate.

Of Darkness is the first song from their first mini-album, Lucem Ferre.

Next we have Angel’s Necropolis from the album of the same name for when you want a ten minute epic about storming Heaven and killing angels.

And finally, a soothing instrumental, Non-Euclidean Calculus, from their Lovecraftian mini-album, The Key and The Gate.

Sep 022016

a0898768488_10“I wanna fly…Off the bridge
I wanna fly off the bridge
I’m the angel of alchemists
I exist… ”

So begins Sublimations, the first song of the Epic Lifestyle album. Like every song, it instantly transports you somewhere else. This is a song about mysteries. This is a song about wishes, desires and frustrations. As the bells chime and the haunting voice of Andra whisper in your ear, you can’t help by be drawn somewhere special.

Epic Lifestyle is described as lyrical surrealism and while true, I liken the album more as a Grimoire in album form.

“I am the dream-child Lilith
Cloaked in haloed hungers
The wind sings with her fingers
Across my silk-fire heavens
Angels’ voices sigh
And languish in my skirts”

The opening lyrics to Lilith feel like holy text. This is the album I listen to when my world is unacceptable. These are the songs I play when I want to sink deep into magic and immerse myself in wonder.

“When you cry…
It’s human and divine
When you cry…
I feed, you feed
I like it when you cry”

The lyrics of Dacryphilia warn you of monsters. Or perhaps it is a celebration of the monster you nourish inside you. Like most works of magic, it depends on how you will interpret it.

You need this album. I needed this album. It is human and divine. Purchase it here.

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