Year of the Goat - Angels' Necropolis (Color) (IMPORT) (LP)
Catalog number: VAN73
Limited edition on 180gr. translucent blue vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve with hotfoil embossing. Includes a 12x12 booklet.
In ‘Angels’ Necropolis’ vocalist/guitarist Thomas Eriksson and his bandmates Per Brodesson and Don Palmroos (guitars), Poppe (keyboards), Tobias Resch (bass) and Fredrik Hellerstrom (drums) have crafted an album which not only takes on where ‘Lucem Ferre’ left off but expands the band’s horizons with a display of both magnificence and majesty. In a short space of time the Goatie boys have already established a sound which sets them apart from a number of other bands blending elements of Seventies’ progressive rock with contemporary metal; the lazy may lump them in with the likes of Ghost and Graveyard, but YotG have a distinctness to their sound, an edge which lifts them way above the rest of the pack.
The songs go from the sublime to the intense without a moment’s notice (‘Angels’ Necropolis’), hit you in the face with some beautifully fluid guitars (‘For The King’), boast a commercial accessibility (‘Spirits Of Fire’ – for which a video shoot is in the diary – and the recent 7” ‘This Will Be Mine’), display a wonderfully wicked NWOBHM vibe (‘A Circle Of Serpents’), and drip with malice and belligerence (‘Voice Of A Dragon’, which through a range of time-changes evokes the atmosphere of some early Black Sabbath classics). The attention-grabber though is certainly that title track, a precision-drilled masterclass in how to compose and perform an epic piece of music. At ten-and-a-half minutes, ‘Angels’ Necropolis’ demands full consideration from the off, and then literally explodes; the guitar work is forceful, the bass and drums intransigent and unyielding and the vocal phrasing melodic and catchy, and given the right exposure this song has the power to win over vast legions of new fans.
Year of the Goat, a band that wears its love of all things Lucifer on its collective sleeve, doesn't play raw Black Metal or ultra-gory Death Metal, as the name might imply. Rather, Angels' Necropolis, the band's full-length debut, is full of an atmospheric 60s/70s throwback style of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal. The guitars, which feature minimal effects, are picked as often as they are strummed and that gives the music an air of melancholy. The vocals are drenched in echo, further enhancing the old-school feel. Even though much of Angels' Necropolis is played at a brisk tempo, the anti-Christian lyrics, gloomy melodies and aforementioned production values give the album an overall dark feel. To these ears, a combination of Jess and the Ancient Ones modern-yet-retro sound, Swedish countrymen Ghost's over-the-top lyrical imagery and a nod to early Pink Floyd sums up the experience of listening to Angels' Necropolis.