The Apocalyptic Triumphator
2015 Debemur Morti Productions
One has to wonder what might have been if Archgoat had not lain dormant for ten or so years. As it stands, they are making up for lost time in some regards, with this new full length after several splits and eps. I guess this was released all the way back in January, but as it is on a very small but strong label, not many are aware of its existence. Plus, their last album was in 2009, so they may have been off the radar for many. Archgoat are still doing black metal in their own distinct way. Generally mid-paced with occasional bursts of speed, downtuned, and no shrieking vocals. At times, such as on "Grand Luciferian Theophany," you could even consider them death metal. This track in particular has almost a Bolt Thrower kind of feel to it, with its slow and heavy drone. Bottom line here is that they were around before any "rules" of black metal were written, and any such rules do not apply to them. Yes, one does have to wonder what might have been. But I think that even if they had never broken up, Archgoat would have never become the flavor of the week like so many others have been... whether by accident or design.