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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

wartornAlbum: Wartorn, Iconic Nightmare
Label: Southern Lord
Release: January 22, 2013
Genre: Metallic Crustpunk
Rating: 8.5/10

The Hellgoat made a mistake. He was cruising in his Firebird trying to scope out the goth chicks (because you know, they put out) and he was blasting Iconic Nightmare out of his measly sound system. Unfortunately, the ladies soon realized that the Hellgoat wasn’t depressed and suicidal because he was in fact, already dead. Instead, on this occasion he just wanted to “fuck the system” (and something else of course) and thus they ran screaming. It had nothing to do with the fact he has six tongues, in fact, the ladies seem to like that.

What these ladies failed to hear by running away, was a politically charged monster of a disc. While the Hellgoat prefers his metal to be about death, Satan and of course, Goats, he’ll take a political record now and again. After all, the Hellgoat likes taking down the powers that be and exposing people for who they really are. He heard the words “Mao Tse-Tung” uttered a few times in the title track. Wartorn get fired up on tracks like “All Flags Still Burn” and “No Sanctuary, No Salvation,” and although the Hellgoat finds nothing wrong with being “Knee Deep In Blood,” this is not a good thing within the context of this tune.

The Six-Tongued Hellgoat is really digging these short albums lately. At nine tracks and just over 25 minutes, it’s really a blistering punk fueled motherfuck.

Hellgoat’s favorite moment: When he learned that “Six Feet Under” had nothing to do with the band by the same name.

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: Yayla, Nihaihayat
Label: Merdumgiriz
Release: January 21, 2013
Genre: Black Metal

Press: Yayla is one deep, dark black metal experience created by multi-instrumentalist/composer/filmmaker Emir Torgrul. New album Nihaihayat is set for a January 21st release through Montreal-based Merdumgiriz Records. In what will surely be considered a high water mark for Turkish Black Metal, Nihaihayat is five-track, 51-minute mood-swinging journey bookended by the chilling beauty of ambient pieces ”Integumental Grasp” and ”In Senility.” In between are three epic cuts of soul searing harshness, hypnotic madness marches, and bleak atmospherics, at times similar to XAsthur’s vintage works of mental trauma with the occasional nod to early Ulver.

Hellgoat’s Take: 8.5/10 “Chilling” is the correct word for this. Very creepy and repetitive. The Hellgoat isn’t familiar enough with Turkish Black Metal to know if this truly is a high water mark but he likes it anyway.

Album: Paradox, Tales of the Weird
Label: AFM
Release: January 15, 2013
Genre: Thrash

Press: Expect a massive but melodic punch, right in your face. It’s all here: intense, powerful riff attacks, great lead guitar work and Charly Steinhauer´s typical vocals. Imagine Tales Of The Weird to be a new Metallica album, the worldwide fanbase of Hetfield & Ulrich would cry out in joy! Paradox show the Metal scene how it can sound like when originators of a genre stick to their roots but evolve by using today´s technological opportunities and refined songwriting.

Hellgoat’s Take: 8.5/10 Noooooooo! The Hellgoat hates Metallica comparisons. Hetfield & Ulrich & those other unnamed bums in the group would have never made this record so let’s not go there. Besides, Evile already released the next Metallica record. This is however, Paradox’s best album. Trujillo and Hammett would agree with that.

Album: Convulse, Inner Evil (EP)
Label: Svart
Release: January 25, 2013
Genre: Death Metal

Press: Svart Records will release the new Convulse 2-track EP Inner Evil on limited vinyl, CD and digital on January 25th. The EP, recorded in full analog in the autumn of 2012, consists two long exclusive tracks. The band features the original vocalist, guitarist and bass player in their ranks, and their brand of classic old school death metal still sounds like it’s 1991. With a new full length album scheduled for autumn 2013, this is the first recorded material by Convulse since their demise in the mid-nineties.

Hellgoat’s Take: 9.5/10 Hellgoat wishes to fast forward to Autumn 2013 for eight more tracks just like these two. Insanely good death metal here.

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The Six-Tongued Hellgoat

A goat warrior burnt by the fires of the master.

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