I can’t help myself but I’m a very happy guy this Spring music wise. I’m a very happy guy to start with, and I have my top ten of 2011 almost ready J. And it’s only April 2011, mind you. Graveyard is of course top two material, and Arbouretum hasn’t really left the (digital) spinning table. Add to this J. Mascis latest, plus Kurt Vile’s Smoke Ring For My Halo, Blood Ceremony, Hexvessel and Six Organs Of Admittance latest.. I’m a very happy panda. And then there is Year Of The Goat! Lucem Ferre – the light bringer, brrr, evil – is only four tracks of retro brilliance. 21,4 minutes is what you get, but what you get is a-quality. I’d say Year Of The Goat is equal parts Devil’s Blood & Ghost. Well, less Ghost to be honest, since 'Lucem Ferre' is drenched in this very thick Black Widow, Coven, Devil’s Blood, Blood Ceremony sauce. The sauce we have all come to love. The riffs are reminiscent of Devil’s Blood records, so we can trace them more or less back to Roky Erickson’s rhythms & riffs. Listen for example to Of Darkness. The sound of Year Of The Goat is also broader than the Devil’s Blood, and cozier so to speak. As atmosphere goes, I would point to Ghost: happy, sing-along choruses dealing with the most gruesome imagery rock or metal has to offer: satan und darkness..
Of Darkness can be enjoyed here:
The sixth of May (get it, six? as in 666?) sees the birth of this retrodoom gem. A vinyl version will be available, and on the 6th of May I will order my copy immediately.
Check the site of Van Records, based in Germany and put the sixth of May in your agendas:
Review Written By Sandrijn van den Oever