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The Light-Devouring Darkness - 98%

Orlok666, March 31st, 2012

From time to time a release comes out that reaches into some bowels of hell and unearths a great creature of darkness and puts it into music format. Archgoat's The Light-Devouring Darkness does just this, creating a release at once bestial and cunningly morbid that seeks to drain all warmth from human life and fall into a stupor of blood soaked passion.

The release itself is made up of simplistic elements that when combined create the atmosphere of morbid darkness that is an evolution from earlier more bestial releases by this band. While they have always focused on crafting the darkest of musical forms, and enveloping the listener in the realms of satanic evil, this release just goes above and beyond in the saturation of Qlipphotic forces.

How they do this is by not remaining in one dimension, they move from the fast blasting of songs like "Apotheosis of Lucifer" into the mid tempo and downright doom filled sounds of "Goat and the Moon" utilizing variation as the key to success. Add in a more then liberal dosing of dark keyboards and even some chanting and you have a key to what they create.

The production on here is cleaner by far then the much more evil possessed Whore of Bethlehem. Instead we find a clean yet fuzzy sound (though not quite as clean as their newest release Heavenly Vulva, which has much of the sound of the early 90's on it), this sound is very organic and rich in depth, which gives much more to the sound then a digitized production could ever have. The drums pound rather up front in the mix, almost equal with the guitars and bass, both of which are quite audible, and both of which are detuned quite extensively to add to the swampy bestial atmosphere.

Vocals are disgust filled grunts that move above and below the other instruments, they have a reverb and delay on then that adds to their proclamations of hatred and occultism. Unlike other bands in the "bestial" field of black metal like Proclamation, neither the vocals nor the music is designed to simply blast all life from you. Instead they operate as a hypnotizing factor to slowly envenom you with their message. Songs and vocalizations are kept short and to the point and never outstay their malignant welcome.

This is an album I have listened to countless times, each time getting a new thrill and finding myself enraptured by the atmosphere presented. Utilizing simple elements Archgoat have crafted a modern masterpiece of black metal. From the foggy, light drained production to the bestial moments of pure chaos that brings up ghosts of Beherit's best work, Archgoat are set to enshroud you in their world. Listen and be enveloped in darkness that devours all light.