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
It’s very easy to tell when the Hellgoat gets excited. All six tongues start flapping around and if you’re anywhere within a 40 yard range you certainly will be slathered with goat saliva. It burns, so avoid that. And two of his tongues are prickly like cactus, so best not get next to him either. When the Hellgoat first heard that Joel Grind was going to release a new record he started frothing at the mouth but then when he found out that he was conjuring his long lost cousin, the Yellowgoat, that’s when there was a cyclone of fiery spit flying out of his mouth.
Just like the Hellgoat, Joel Grind’s Yellowgoat destroys everything in it’s path. Shame on you if you don’t know that Joel Grind is the mastermind behind Toxic Holocaust and about 666 other bands. He could be the Hellgoat’s favorite current artist as the “mastermind” label fits him well. So why is this not a Toxic Holocaust record? Well, Grind says it’s because it’s not really as thrashy at Toxic and that has turned from a solo project into a group, while this is a solo thing again. Frankly, it’s not that different that it couldn’t have been labeled as that but Grind also says that he didn’t want to slap the TH name on it to sell records (but everyone that will listen to this record of course knows that Joel Grind is behind TH and therefore tossing his name on the cover seems like the exact same thing, really).
Either way, it’s filthy fucking rock ‘n’ roll with Grind’s typically crusty sounding guitar tone and guttural punk vocals. “Hell’s Master of Hell” cranks the music up to a thrashier pace, while “Black Order” has a fist pumpin’ rock riff to it. Grind has a knack for finding a tone that works and sticking with it across a record without it getting old and that’s on perfect display here. Every song has the same general vibe to it thanks to the crusty element present on every track but the individual riffs are so strong that there’s never a moment of boredom. And it’s short as shit – once you take out the intro and outro, you’ve got eight tracks that run slightly over 20 minutes total. The Hellgoat wasn’t a huge fan of the last Toxic Holocaust record so he’s happy that this one rocks his flaming nuts off.
Most Hellacious Moment: The fierce speed of “Grave Encounters” leading right into his catchiest song ever, “Black Order.” Hail cousin Yellowgoat.
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 for these nefarious black circles.)
Album: Nervochaos, To the Death
Release: January 22, 2013
Genre: Death Metal
Press: Brazil´s Death Metal veterans Nervochaos are set to release new album To the Death on January 22nd via Greyhaze Records. Total mayhem will ensue! To the Death is nothing short of a relentless onslaught and features guest performances by big names in the international and South American Metal scenes such as Ralph Santolla (Death, Deicide), Jão (Ratos de Porão) and Zhema (Vulcano).
Hellgoat’s Take: 5/10 – Fifteen years of making music should yield something less generic than this. Too straightforward for the Goat’s taste.
Album: Overtorture, At the End the Dead Await
Release: January 25, 2013
Genre: Death Metal
Press: Fans of Bloodbath, Grave, Vomitory, and Bolt Thrower are advised to pay special attention to this announcement. On January 25, 2013, Apostasy Records will release At the End the Dead Await, the debut album from Swedish Death Metal brutes Overtorture. Inclusive of veteran players from Grave, Coldworker, Demonical, and Insision, it will come as no surprise that with At the End the Dead Await Overtorture has created a work of overwhelming brutality, tempered only by a penchant for melody… How could any self-respecting fan of [Death Metal] possibly go wrong?
Hellgoat’s Take: 6.5/10, Fair question. Hellgoat hears no Bolt Thrower in this, however the other bands used as comparisons are right on. Not breaking the mold but they certainly have more energy and interesting moments than Nervochaos.
Album: Newsted, Metal
Release: January 8, 2012
Genre: Heavy / Thrash
Press: Oh, come on. Like you need some.
Hellgoat’s Take: 8/10 Mr. Newsted has been around the block since leaving Metallica. He might have finally found his permanent group here.