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GOATS OF DOOM - New Album Out In May, First Track Released

One of the Finnish underground's best-kept secrets, the black metal band Goats Of Doom, will release on the 31st of May via Purity Through Fire the highly anticipated sixth album entitled Shiva. Goats Of Doom are 100% black metal through and through. Their stout catalogue has seen the band develop from a synth-based style of black metal during their first three albums; then, with an expansion from a trio to a quartet, Goats Of Doom truly began their ascent with 2018's Rukous, where an uptick in aggression melded with the mysterious atmosphere of old.

Despite its colourful makeover, Shiva is as obsidian as it comes: the melodicism is as medieval as ever, and the Goats' unique netherworld of night sky mysticism and alcohol-fueled anger is thankfully intact. But, perhaps, more importantly, the bountiful hooks here raise high the banner of heavy metal, the leads more strident and sometimes even folk-inflected, imparting that melancholy so endemic to the Finnish psyche. And whereas past works were (deliberately) rough around the edges, here on Shiva do Goats Of Doom "clean up their act", so to speak, with an impossibly professional production wholly suited to these seven skyscraping epics: the grit becomes gleam and the gleam gets gritty, each impassioned vocal intonation, string strum, and drum hit feeling momentous and muscular and yet rendered in the clearest tones possible.

Finnish black metal may still reign, but the time is long overdue for Goats Of Doom to assume the throne. Begin the coronation with Shiva! The first sounds of that coronation can be found with the brand-new track "Armon varjot". Link