Archgoat
The Apocalyptic Triumphator


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Review

by Jacquibim STAFF
January 30th, 2015 | 16 replies


Release Date: 01/27/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Straight from the same old bag of tricks.

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is a convenient little phrase that is all-too-often used as an excuse for a band to rest on their laurels and slip into a state of self-satisfaction. Granted, if a band’s sound is unique and the quality of their material is sufficient, continuously drawing from the same idea pool can be welcomed by fans and critics alike. Archgoat have a winning formula, and have done ever since the raucously titled Angelcunt EP dropped in 1993. However, three full-lengths into their comeback now, the band’s new material simply doesn’t have the same impact as that of yesteryear. Archgoat’s latest release, while a decent album in its own right, is underwhelming thanks not only to its creators’ insistence on replicating the past, but a sense of complacency that had been trickling into their sound with each passing instalment.

Musically, The Apocalyptic Triumphator follows in the same vein as every other Archgoat release in just about every conceivable way, be it the instrumentation, the lyrical subject matter or the song structures. Infectious power chord progressions are juxtaposed with mid-tempo tremolo sections, and the wailing solos are usually simple, brief and draped in reverb. Tuomas Karppinen’s drumming operates in perfect tandem with the guitar work, as abundant blast beats ground the faster sections, while simple but effective fills and solid footwork compliment the slower, groovier portions of the songs. Without a doubt, the most impressive performance is that of vocalist Rainer Puolakanaho – better known by the oh-so grim alias “Lord Angelslayer” – who delivers a series of guttural mumblings as deep as the pits of Hell itself.

As far as the performances go, there isn’t a whole lot to fault here. Every element congeals together nicely, the issue being that there is little in the way of vigour and tenacity. If one thing separates The Apocalyptic Triumphator from Archgoat releases of the past, it would be a sense of sterilisation. The band’s shift towards cleaner production with an emphasis on the low-register has stifled the occult atmosphere that they were presumably going for. The riffs and vocals no longer cut through a film of grime like they did on Whore of Bethlehem, and instead trundle along without any of the vitriol that made the aforementioned such an entertaining experience. When taken on individually, the songs can be rather enjoyable, but over the course of an uninterrupted listen, the album stagnates and its constituents blend together. As a whole, The Apocalyptic Triumphator is a classic example of an album paling next to the sum of its parts.

Those who anticipated another chapter of Archgoat impersonating themselves probably won’t be disappointed, but The Apocalyptic Triumphator still falls short of the mark set by its creators in years gone by. There is little reason to listen to this beyond mere curiosity, which is ironic in that anyone familiar with the band should know exactly what to expect. Addressing the uninitiated, delving into Archgoat’s back catalogue will be time better spent.



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SowingSeason
Moderator
January 30th 2015


28718 Comments


This is an excellent write-up, Jacquibim. It's tough to write a whole review that basically says "this band hasn't changed", but I think you pulled it off brilliantly. I like the length too - it was easy to read and gave me an idea of how the record sounds as well as how it stacks up compared to their discography. Keep up the great work.

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SowingSeason
Moderator
January 30th 2015


28718 Comments


I'm doing my rounds of reading every review on the front page. This and that new Bjork review are both staff quality IMO.

SowingSeason
Moderator
January 30th 2015


28718 Comments


We're in the process of sorting out a lot of details - some major and some minor. I believe the application process will begin very soon though, possibly as soon as next week.

EvoHavok
January 30th 2015


7663 Comments


Excellent review. Band logo is grey now instead of red. There's a change somewhere!

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emester
January 30th 2015


8249 Comments


Nice review Jac.

I enjoyed Whore of Bethlehem, so I'll still most likely check this.

adr
January 30th 2015


12000 Comments


Great review. I've never heard this band, so gotta check this, atleast the "same album all over again" won't be a factor for my rating heh

MO
January 30th 2015


22457 Comments


nice jac

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
January 30th 2015


17863 Comments


2. Nuns, Cunts and Darkness


Really what more do you need

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rasputin
January 31st 2015


14968 Comments


thought this was pretty good considering

alachlahol
January 31st 2015


7593 Comments


yeah this was dope

alachlahol
January 31st 2015


7593 Comments


not tech enough for jac

Greyvy
February 1st 2015


5814 Comments


all about the vocals

everything else is solid too

Ryus
February 1st 2015


16625 Comments


never heard this band but nice write-up jac :]

RoyalImperialGuard
February 1st 2015


1569 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

rules

desecration666
February 7th 2015


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's absolutely perfect album!!! The best album of 2015 so far!!!!

AdolfChrist
February 12th 2018


18422 Comments


i appreciate the no-frills simplicity of this band. Archgoat are always a good time.

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