Goatmoon
Stella Polaris


2.5
average

Review

by rasputin USER (201 Reviews)
November 14th, 2017 | 40 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nothing Suss, Brother Man

Goatmoon's debut Death Before Dishonour struck larger waves than most records of its ilk, putting to tape a style of raw, melodic black metal that was lathered with stereotypical pagan riffs, but still vicious enough to keep its underground cred. Well-received by fascists and fanboys alike, it sticks out like a sore thumb in the mostly feckless catalogue of pagan/folk mish-mash Goatmoon would release over the next decade - it seems fascists are as inconsistent with music as they are with ideology.

Come 2017 and Blackgoat Gravedesecrator has taken an even bigger bite of the fruity forbidden apple and his melodic black metal side is fully taking over. Stella Polaris is a by-the-books melodic black metal record, throwing every convention at the audio wall, but by fuhrer does it riff hard - the record is remarkably well-written and manages to remain titillating, a nod to the talent that brought attention to Goatmoon in the first place. Even with its clean and melodic delivery, Stella Polaris rarely ventures into atmospheric posturing, an unfortunate reality of today's glam-y black metal scene.

Something shines through on Stella Polaris which was also apparent on Death Before Dishonour - that ancient feel, the one which draws listeners like myself to certain black metal records, is abundant. Melodic black metal as a genre is neither here nor there but I find it remarkable that this seemingly generic, Nazi-lite record has the pull that it does, The songs are varied and seamlessly flow through the motions before getting to the real kick in the face, the final track. Titled something unpronounceable in Finnish, it's a shitty out-of-place pagan rock song which absolutely ruins the album. Stella Polaris thus ends leaving the listener as confused and disappointed as this review will leave you. Don't buy this album, download it illegally and donate your dollars to a refugee charity.



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rasputin
November 14th 2017


14956 Comments


I don't know why the cover is two covers but I don't think it's meant to be like that

Bloon
November 14th 2017


881 Comments


Very good review. Death Before Dishonour is only barely decent, tbh. It's cool to have you reviewing again.

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Astral Abortis
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2017


3359 Comments


"I don't know why the cover is two covers but I don't think it's meant to be like that"

When they were promoting this they were showing the two different covers together like this. the physical release has the covers separated between cd and vinyl

rasputin
November 14th 2017


14956 Comments


yeah I should've googled before asking, I'm showing my age

MoosechriS
November 14th 2017


6140 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool write up dude, pos’d

foxblood
November 14th 2017


7363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ah shit. too harsh man! that last track sure does have horrible vocals though

pjorn
November 14th 2017


4251 Comments


hard pos my man

Maco097
November 14th 2017


2460 Comments


Lame band, then again most NSBM is just that, lame.

rasputin
November 14th 2017


14956 Comments


nsbm comes in lots of different styles so your comment doesn't make sense

unless you mean they're lame because they're nazis then yeah

foxblood
November 14th 2017


7363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

but really, what is with the last track? the first and only drunken improv take? the rest of the album is really good so it's bizarre that the quality drops off a cliff.

rasputin
November 14th 2017


14956 Comments


no idea but if i was to speculate it's probably part of whatever shitty aryan fantasy story he's telling, or some nationalistic/patriotic fluff

MoosechriS
November 14th 2017


6140 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The last track sounds like something that would turn up on a bands rarities comp, like yeah we tried this it kind of sucked but we recorded it anyway. Not going i know a great way to end our new record! Remember that dodgy song we hashed together!? Yeah that one, we’ll use that.

Maco097
November 14th 2017


2460 Comments


unless you mean they're lame because they're nazis then yeah

Idgaf about that, NSBM is most of the time boring, terrible or idiotic. Happens when the musicians are more interested in their message than the music itself.

rasputin
November 14th 2017


14956 Comments


*black metal* is most of the time boring, terrible or idiotic

foxblood
November 14th 2017


7363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

*insert any genre here* is most of the time boring, terrible or idiotic

Maco097
November 14th 2017


2460 Comments


I'm talking specifically about NSBM, a black metal sub-genre. Keep it like that.

Astral Abortis
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2017


3359 Comments


Nsbm isn’t a subgenre

The name only exists to tag bands with nazi ideals because people like to know that stuff

rasputin
November 14th 2017


14956 Comments


nsbm is not a black metal sub-genre, it's a label given to black metal bands who use nazi symbolism or are themselves nazis. there isn't a particular 'style'.

[beaten]

Maco097
November 14th 2017


2460 Comments


The tag has become a sub-genre according to people that listens to that.

And yeah I met those people in my country.

rasputin
November 14th 2017


14956 Comments


those people are wrong



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