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Is WITCHGOAT’s “Umbra Regit” the Heaviest Demo This Year?

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Ahh Morbid Skull Records; a label continually delivering the ugliest, most terrorizing forms of thrash and death metal to the black-clad masses worldwide. El Salvadorian blackened thrashers “WITCHGOAT” are no exception.

Their debut to the world, demo tape “Umbra Regit” is blistering thunderstorm of intensity and sickness. If I were, like, 50 years old I’d be talking about how these bullet belt clad, Hispanic beasts brought me back to the tape trading days. The reality is, all true metal heads feel they were a part of the tape trading days despite their age, and a band like “WITCHGOAT” has the momentum and  ferocity in their sound to catapult them right there.

The first adjective that comes to mind upon listening to this honestly killer demo is hungry. From the first blustering notes of “Emanations of the Underworld,” “WITCHGOAT,” sets the tempo for a raging thrash experience that’s steeped in technical virtuosity while maintaining that primitive ambiance that kvlt thrashers crave.

“Umbra Regit’s” production is clean enough to sound professional without stripping the band of their intensity. Their effort here was perfect and allowed for their cool, Destruction like riffs and emotional solos to really shine through. The drumming, while pushed into the background, was still audible and complemented the guitar heavy atmosphere on this album incredibly well. I thought it was perfect. I mean, these guys aren’t “Archgoat” or “Revenge.” This approach worked well for them.

What was really cool was the way the raspy growling vocals sounded over the dual shredding. The blueprint here was perfect for creating that nostalgic feel that brings you back to the golden age of extreme metal. “WITCHGOAT’ is more than just a tired band that’s copying the reverberations of their thrash forefathers, however. The closing track “Towards the Gulgalta” proves these guys are killer musicians with a versatile range. It’\s slow, acoustic ambiance really sets the tone on the album in a cool way.

I have very little negative feedback for this effort. The only thing I might say is that they didn’t bring much new to the table in terms of sound. But with the weird, post-metal direction a lot of bands are going,  a balls to the wall blast from the past is refreshing. I honestly loved this demo and am looking forward to seeing more from these guys in the future really soon. Share this and buy their stuff. It’s always a drag when good bands peter out because of lack of support. Let’s not let that happen.

9/10

 

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Gestalte

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Everyone once in awhile it is necessary to go above ground for some much needed fresh air. My lungs have had their fill, however and I have plummeted deeper than ever into the very core of the underground to bring you Gestalte, black metal savages, hailing from the Netherlands. There is nothing quite like traditional, no frills, raw black metal and Gestalte continues to carry black metal’s message of evil.

Gestalte, (pronounced guh-stawlt) means a unified whole in Old German. Clearly the band has extracted their name from esoteric doctrine as the lyrics indicate a deep fascination with the occult and high ceremonial magic. The band formed back in 2009 and is soon to release their first, self-titled LP under small indie label, Heidens Hart Records. The demo is spellbinding and highly evocative of De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas era Mayhem. The vocals range from high shrieks to low, Atilla-like, vibrations and the guitars maintain a hypnotic repetitiveness, definitive of atmospheric black metal. The production is shoddy yet listenable, in true kvlt fashion and the blast beats invariably attack the listener.

The band has been having some troubles with their bassist Wraak, which has lead to a delay in the release of their LP. We can only hope the issues are soon resolved. Overall, the demo drew me in and I have no criticisms. As usual, I will let you be the judge of that. Below is my favorite track off their self-titled demo, Pazuzu (Winged King of Desert Spirits). Happy Listening! Hails!

http://www.myspace.com/gestalte/music