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Metal!: Denouncement Pyre, “Almighty Arcanum” and More…

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On the 25th day of the 12th month of 2012, the Six-Tongued Hellgoat was summoned to arise from the ashes and bring darkness to this place called POPdose. Join him in his quest.

Ritual Thrust into the Profane Maw of Churning Filth

DPAlbum: Denouncement Pyre, Almighty Arcanum
Label: Hells Headbangers
Release: January 22, 2013
Genre: Blackened Death Metal
Rating: 8.5/10

The Six-Tongued Hellgoat fully admits that after years of being exposed to hell’s flames, his mind is a little fuzzy. Even so, he’s pretty sure that Denouncement Pyre did not sound like this before.

After releasing demos and EP’s for half a decade, they put out their debut LP – World Cremation – in 2010. The Hellgoat remembers liking the record but not being floored by its bassless production and pretty standard mold. Things have changed in three years though, it seems. Not only is the production better on this record, making the whole thing sound heavier but the riffs are catchy as hell. There’s a really nice blend of death and black metal helping give Almighty Arcanum a bit of a raw vibe despite the slicker production values. In fact, the album could probably be used as a lesson on how to make records sound both full and raw at the same time. Overall, it’s definitely worth some vicious headbanging.

Most Hellacious Moment: The furious riffing in “Circle of Serpents.”

Somnolent Regurgitation of the Scrolls of Proselytism
(The Hellgoat wishes to convert you to the ways of the metal.  But he prefers to let the press release and bio do most of the talking on these nefarious black circles.)

Album: Enshadowed, Magic Chaos Psychedelia
Label: Pulverized
Release: February 19, 2013
Genre: Black Metal

Press: Finally after delving nine years into perfecting possibly the darkest essence of Black Metal treachery, Greek blackened dissenters Enshadowed engulfs and abolishes everything that is holy and orthodox with “Magic Chaos Psychedelia”!
Ceremoniously apocalyptic encompassing its aura, Magic Chaos Psychedelia is an abyss of religious anti-establishment with total hateful and nihilistic intent.

Hellgoat’s Take, 7.5/10: Yes, hateful and fierce even if it’s a little repetitive. It all starts to blend together after a while but it’s good before you start wondering if you’ve hit track repeat by accident.

Album: Antimatter, Fear of a Unique Identity
Label: Prophecy
Release: January 15, 2013
Genre: Goth / Alt Rock

Press: On Fear of a Unique Identity, Antimatter’s first records for more than four years, Mick Moss seems to follow the only logical path with respect to his recent work. After the critically acclaimed retrospective Alternative Matter, which in 2010 marked Antimatter’s tenth anniversary, he harks back to the electronic sounds from the early days – Saviour (2000) as well as Lights Out (2003) – without swerving from the Rock-oriented way established with Leaving Eden (2007).

Hellgoat’s Take, 6/10: Too many hours in the cold winter air have made the Hellgoat lose focus. He was familiar with Antimatter due to it’s history with Duncan Patterson of Anathema but the Goat forgot that this isn’t metal at all. This is actually a fantastic record though – if it were 1999 and this was a new Bush CD.