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Very good - 89%

Noktorn, December 11th, 2007

If the 'Accumulator' demo was Orgone's equivalent of 'Altars Of Madness', then 'The Goliath' is the band's 'Blessed Are The Sick'. The LP isn't quite as brutal as the demo, but it's about twice as complex in both style and substance. That's a pretty fucking hard feat indeed; 'Accumulator' was an insanely complex (but never unmusical) blast of Beneath The Massacre style technical death grind that fused massive brutality and dramatic, neoclassical melody in a way that most people have only heard in Necrophagist, but was present in that demo in a form many times more extreme. Now it's taken to an entirely new level for a very strange reason: because those fast, ultra-technical portions are, percentagewise, not nearly as common as they were on the demo. But when they come in, damn are they vicious. The opening half minute of 'Lessons Of Mesopotamia (Century Of Filth)' contains more notes than Dream Theater have played in their entire career. And yet, like the demo, it never becomes too much, or a masturbatory exercise in note-accumulation (pun not intended). If there's one thing that Orgone is great at, it's in fusing extreme technicality with a great sense of how to EMPLOY that technicality best in the framework of a song.

The post-metal influence (Isis, Pelican, Neurosis, etc.) that we saw on 'Accumulator' is many times more present on this album. Big, melodic portions with jazzy chord shapes now take up large swaths of the music (the second half of the opening track, the same time section on 'The Levitating Chandelier') but actually mesh well with the tech portions. In fact, nearly every track on 'The Goliath' follows the same structure (apart from the obvious exception of 'Vowelic Drone', a spacey, gently psychedelic ambient track that is a welcome reprieve from the otherwise very demanding music): brutal, ultra-technical blasting opening section that slowly decays in technicality over the course of the song before blooming into an epic post-metal climax and an eventual fading, shuddering end. So in actuality, there's probably less brutal, tech material on this CD than there are huge walls of crashing sound in the Isis style. It's just that the viscerality of the tech portions has been amped up to the point where the discrepancy is completely unnoticeable. It's still extremely technical, brutal music, but it has more overall variation in tempo, mood, and rhythm this time around.

In general, the music is essentially what's found on 'Accumulator', though with the obvious inclusion of the above elements, and the other changes are mostly cosmetic. There are no breakdowns this time around. The production is clearer, louder, and more powerful, and was clearly mixed in a high-quality studio. Vocals are less growly and more shouty, with an added percusiveness that fits such precise music. I suppose as a whole the band resembles Beneath The Massacre less than before; now the style is more individual, with a hot, dry atmosphere like the band was playing in the desert. To some degree, it's the follow-up you'd expect from Orgone; a big step forward for the band themselves, if not QUITE blazing new musical trails. As far as this style of music goes, though, I can hardly fault it, as it's one of the best examples out there today. I'd say that it's an album that's most certainly worth your purchase.