giovedì 20 luglio 2017
Goatmoon - "Stella Polaris" (Werewolf Records, 2017)
Title: Stella Polaris
Genre: Folk/Black Metal
Year: 24th February 2017
Time: 35 min
After Barathrum, 2017 marks the return with a new album of another great Finnish band: Goatmoon. Born in 2002, this band is, in practice, the solo-project of BlackGoat Gravedesecrator that was included by the Italians Davide Maspero and Max Ribaric into their "Wolves Among Sheep", the excellent and monumental essay about NSBM released in 2013. Well, Goatmoon have become now a more mature and, in a certain sense, refined entity if compared with their very raw early works, and this 5th album called "Stella Polaris" is examplary of what I say. It was released, as always since the debut album of Goatmoon "Death Before Dishonour", by Werewolf Records, which is, as you know, the label of Werwolf of Satanic Warmaster whose productions were now distributed even by the very known Hells Headbangers Records.
"Stella Polaris" is an album particular in certain ways because, yes, it's black metal as the tradition wants but, as first thing, it shows strong folk elements as expressed yet into a simple "Intro" where there are an acoustic guitar and a flute, with this last instrument that is integrated also in the black metal parts since the very first song that's the same titletrack. Then, there are here and there some clear heavy metal influences useful to emphasize greatly the engaging epic and heroic atmosphere of songs like the same "Stella Polaris" and the instrumental "Sonderkommando Nord", also if this one is, in my opinion, the more weak number because of it repeat the same things throughout its lenght without really developing them.
But, for the truth, the tracklist has really everything: in fact, said about the intro, said about the outburst called "Wolf Night" and said about the instrumental "Sonderkommando Nord", I have still to say about...the ballad! Yes, a ballad, you read very well! I am talking about "Palavien ali-ihmisten löyhkä", very surprising because it reveals every melodic potential of Goatmoon presenting also a fantastic guitar solo and where BlackGoat abandon completely his usual feral screams to experiment a raucous and clean voice à la Bathory of the Viking-era. I said to you that "Stella Polaris" was an album "particular in certain ways"...at least, for the pages of this 'zine!
So, "Stella Polaris" is an excellent album able even to move the listeners thanks to a traditional black metal full of a warrior-like atmosphere and strong of numerous folk parts and some heavy metal influences. Unfortunately, it's a shame for "Sonderkommando Nord" while I think there were need to play more guitar solos along the lines of the titletrack especially to create a better climax for a song like "Conqueror". But, said this, I consider as genuine pearls of the Goatmoon art episodes like "Stella Polaris", "Rock the Nations" (or as you want to call it) and "Overlord".
1 - Intro
2 - Stella Polaris
3 - Rock the Nations (known also as Kansojen hävittäjä)
4 - Wolf Night
5 - Sonderkommando Nord
6 - Warrior
7 - Conqueror
8 - Overlord
9 - Palavien ali-ihmisten löyhkä
BlackGoat Gravedesecrator - vocals
Avenger - guitars (lead, acoustics)/drums/percussions
Sacarth - guitars (lead)
Stormheit - bass/vocals (recitations)
M.V. - keyboards
Skratt - whistle/flute
Werewolf Records: http://neuntoter.org/
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