Review Summary: A 30-minute blast of old school death metal
The two members of Tyrant Goatgaldrakona boast stage names "Hellfire Commander of Eternal War and Pain" and "Grave Desecration and Necrosodomy". Furthermore, on the cover of the band’s debut album Horns In The Dark we have a tyrant goat reading an unholy book in front of an ominous shrine and under the keen eye of wraiths during a fall of stars. If that doesn’t scream "death metal", I don’t know what does. On that note, it should come as no surprise that Horns In The Dark is exactly what it portrays itself to be – a pure blooded, no-frills death metal album that uses the power of riffs to compel potential listeners. This Hungarian death-duo gives us a relentless 30 minutes of classic death metal madness on their debut album, and that is exactly what 2013 needs more of. The record is crude, sinister, in your face, and in an improbable way, extremely catchy. Horns In The Dark is both based on and centered around meaty death metal riffs, resonant tremolo picking and howling solos, none of which disappoint. It doesn’t try to be anything more than a fully guitar-centered short blast of death metal, but incidentally, that’s what makes it so good. The drumming is competent and the growls are as dark as a moonless winter sky, but it’s all about the guitars here.
The blackened vibe that protrudes the sound only enhances the effect of this short wrecker of an album and gives it an added edge. Horns In The Dark is not exactly a versatile record, but it does pack a heavy punch with its thick production and straightforward nature. They say that dogs who bark do not bite, but this album sure as hell does. It approaches you with a steady but self-assured swagger and when it reaches you, it mowes you down. Horns In The Dark is (hopefully) not going to be one of the very top death metal albums in 2013 – it’s too primitive and predictable for that – but for those into old school death metal, it’s a small treat that’s well-worth checking out. If nothing more, this simple but enticing album is yet another reminder of how potent straight-forward, old-school death metal can be if done right.
No the album being repetitive is fine because come on, this is no frills old school death metal. I meant that there isn't enough variation in the riffs in many of the songs. One song will have, like, 2 riffs in the entire thing.
Btw, did you ever check out that Mechina album? I mean, you like this, the new Fractal Gates...there's a real possibility you could dig three of my reviewed albums in a row here, and that is a possibility you must take advantage of haha. Besides, it's heavy, symphonic industrial metal - it should be right up your alley.
Aight, too bad. I absolutely loved it (especially the atmosphere which was killer) and found that the symphony really contributed to the overall sound in a major way. It's my favorite album I've heard thus far in 2013 and I'm certain it'll be high up my list come year's end.