Goatchrist are a band from the United Kingdom that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very raw, melodic, atmospheric and occult form of black/death metal and this is a review of their 2015 ep "The Epic Tragedy Of The Cult Of Enlil" which was released by SixSixSix Music.
A gothic horror style keyboard starts off the ep and brings in the atmosphere of an old horror movie along with some spoken word parts which also appear on some of the later tracks as well and drum beats a few seconds later and after the intro the music starts going into more of a raw and melodic black metal direction along with some grim high pitched screams and blast beats.
You can hear a lot of mid 90's influences in the bands musical style and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with some clean playing and keyboards returning in certain sections of the recording and the solos and leads also add more melody in the songs when they are utilized and as the ep progresses more growls and death metal influences can be heard at times while the keyboards also add in a touch of psychedelia and mix in with the heavier parts of the songs and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and there are also a couple of tracks that are very long and epic in length.
Goatchrist creates a very raw, melodic and atmospheric style of black metal on this recording and while the death metal influence of previous recordings is still there in some parts the band focuses more on the blackened side of things this time around, the production sound s very powerful while the lyrics focus more on Sumerian Occultism and History.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording form Goatchrist and if you are a fan of r aw, melodic, and atmospheric occult black metal, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "A Message Blows On East Sumerian Winds" and "The Great Battle At The Ruins Of Ninurta's Temple". 8 out of 10.