This is workmanlike doom, manipulated by the deft hands of visionaries. The band confidently stroll on cloven hooves through eight hard-earned tracks, most of which tip the scales at over seven minutes in length. Coming in altogether at nearly 67 minutes, it's a lot of album to get through, but there's scope here provided by well planned out song structures and depth thanks largely to a slightly more experimental approach to side two of the album. It's obvious that the band spent a lot of time crafting this album.
As far as individual songs go, the overall package is the key here, much like Serpent Venom's 'Carnal Altar' album, the individual tracks may not be as important as the overall sound, vibe and tone of the album taken as a whole. This is not at all a bad thing. In fact, it's a great thing. It's exactly the kind of intangible element that makes for an infinitely replayable album.
That's not to say that there aren't terrific moments laced throughout 'Goatess', but without many real stand-above-the-others type tracks, the overall impression will be of moods rather than specific songs. However, opening cut "Know Your Animal" provides that one big chorus moment that all albums should have, especially on opening tracks. It sticks with you long after the album is finished playing, it's the one song that gets caught in my head like a bat in a belfry and continuously brings me back slavering for the next go at this album. It's a subtle hook, one enlarged by echo and distant atmospherics but it works. This is followed up by the percussion and wah happy "Alpha Omega". It's this early on where the overall feeling of the album comes to the fore. The songs don't all sound the same, but they are of equal value and they can be a bit same-y in places, especially in terms of guitar tone and of 'feel'. Each song is as good as the last, so no matter how different they all are, no matter which distinguishing features the songs have, 'Goatess' feels less like a collected 'photo album' of various songs but a 'motion picture' that flows from scene to scene. This happens in the most natural of ways, something that could be as easily achievable as say, using the same guitar tuning for all songs. It's not forced, nor do I feel is it even intentional. But once again, this overall feeling gives the album that instant classic grit.
Goatess swing for the fences with their debut album and I'll be darned if they don't knock it into the parking lot. You almost need to ask yourself "what doesn't this album have?"
Highlights include: "Know Your Animal" and "Full Moon at Noon"
1). Know Your Animal (7:45)
2). Alpha Omega (7:10)
3). Ripe (7:55)
4). Full Moon At Noon (8:01)
5). Oracle Pt. 1: The Mist (4:40)
6). Oracle Pt. 2 (8:53)
7). King One (10:37)
8). Tentacles of Zen (11:52)
Total Run Time: 106:52
Niklas - Guitar
Findus - Bass
Kenta - Drums