Archgoat
Whore of Bethlehem


4.0
excellent

Review

by Malfeitor USER (4 Reviews)
June 30th, 2008 | 21 replies | 6,730 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The long-awaited debut full-length delivers

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Archgoat return to the black metal world – apparently content to ignore the current state of it – with their long-awaited debut full-length Whore of Bethlehem, having lost none of their original ferocity. It’s as if the band never disbanded and this was released in 1994: while Archgoat have matured their sound slightly, it is barely changed and a natural follow-up to Angelcunt.

The album begins in typical Archgoat style with a 2 minute soundscape – “Invocation” – for an introduction. Angel of Sodomy begins and immediately declares Archgoat’s intentions – to stick to what they do best: playing simplistic yet sinister riffs and eschewing the pretension and commerciality of today’s scene. The album will remind listeners of such forgotten greats as Beherit[L]’s “The Oath of Black Blood”, [L]Blasphemy’s “Fallen Angel of Doom” and Von’s “Satanic Blood”, and creates occasional short passages of ominous atmosphere that could best be likened to the feeling created on Beherit’s “Drawing Down the Moon”.

Really, that is all Whore of Bethlehem is: a hearkening back to the days of old; bestial and perverted black metal that fiercely avoids any semblance of a trend. Doubtlessly this album will polarise opinion: many will hate it for its primitivism and many will love it for the same reason. If you’re a fan of symphonic ‘black metal’ or if you look for overt melody in your music, you’d best stay away from Archgoat altogether. For fans of the Finnish school of raw black that hides behind no bull*** or pretence; this is a great album that will not disappoint.


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Malfeitor
June 30th 2008



17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What? edits out shit but not cunt?

rattlehead42147
June 30th 2008



1345 Comments


the first paragraph puts any doubts of this being watered down black metal to rest. i might have to check this out considering angelcunt was great.

masscows
June 30th 2008



2236 Comments


Angelcunt is very good but I've heard that Archgoat's other material (including this) isn't nearly as good. I may check this out if I'm bored.

Wizard
June 30th 2008



19210 Comments


This review would be more appropriate as a soundoff. But whatever, it was short, to the point, what more can you ask for hahaha. Welcome to the site!

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Pebster49
June 30th 2008



2991 Comments


Whats with black metal and goats...really are goats that evil...somebody should make a band like Rhinowhore or The Wraith of the Hippo.

foreverendeared
June 30th 2008



14678 Comments


really good review. i enjoy me some short reviews from time to time

rasputin
June 30th 2008



14516 Comments


[quote=review]namedrop namedrop elite elite shitty scene today used to be elite back when I listened to it elite namedrop elite I'm more elite than you namedrop[/quote]

Oh ok.

ilikemusicthatsgood
June 30th 2008



12 Comments


^LOL

botb
June 30th 2008



9527 Comments


black metal that fiercely avoids any semblance of a trend


looking at the song titles, album name, and band name as well as the logo, i can kind of expect it to have a trend. the antireligion theme of black metal. i view that as a gimmick as much as anything.

Malfeitor
July 1st 2008



17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Namedropping is when you inadvertantly mention an OBSCURE band in an attempt to sound KVLT or whatever. Namedropping Blashempy/Von/Beherit? If you're into black metal, that's like namedropping fuckin Radiohead or someone

Malfeitor
July 1st 2008



17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And by the way, "apparently content to ignore the current state of it" this was not a reference to me thinking the current state of the scene is shit (I do, but that's irrelevant) it is a reference to the reason that ARCHGOAT THEMSELVES gave for breaking up in 1993.

Pretend it's someone else writing it - would you come back with the same comments Rasputin?

rasputin
July 1st 2008



14516 Comments


Pretend it's someone else writing it - would you come back with the same comments Rasputin?

Probably. Straight to the point, you write well, and I'm all for short reviews, but this is barely more than a Sound-Off.

Silenius
July 1st 2008



302 Comments


If I hadn't ever heard this I'd probably like a paragraph that would take about the actual music a little more preciselydetailed. Decent first review though.

Malfeitor
July 1st 2008



17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What's the difference between a sound-off and a review then? Didn't know what a sound-off was before these comments lol

rasputin
July 1st 2008



14516 Comments


It's basically like a short description of the album, and what you think of it, or in other words an explanation of the rating you gave. A review is expected to be a little more in depth.

foreverendeared
July 1st 2008



14678 Comments


i think this has JUST enough depth to be considered a review and not a soundoff

Malfeitor
July 6th 2008



17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Cirith Ungol: what cos it has better production? Stop listening to music please

rasputin
July 8th 2008



14516 Comments


This album is pretty good.

Meatplow
July 11th 2010



5524 Comments


Yeah, it rules.

hikingmetalpunk
December 28th 2013



904 Comments


holy shit, riff city baby!

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