(8/10) After having released their Napalm Records debut with EP "The key and the gate" Year Of The Goat comes back with their newest longplayer called the "Unspeakable".
The six-piece band from Norrköping wrote nine new songs (they probabaly wrote more, but nine made it on the album) that can easily cope with the three tracks from the mentioned EP.
Year Of The Goat starts very brave and with full self-confidence into the album. It takes quite some braveness to start with an epical, almost 13 minutes long, tune. Many other bands would have placed such a song in the middle or would have given it the role of being the closer on an album. Not Year Of The Goat. A good decision, in my point of view. First of all it's one of the best tracks I have heard from the band so far. And secondly it reflects most of the bands brandmarks in one composition.
The 60's and 70's based retro rock of the six Swedes is clearly recognisable. Enriched with some hard rocking parts the track feels like a sonic short movie. Put your earphones on, close your eyes and enjoy the show.
The fact that the other songs are shorter doesn't mean that they can't live up to the set level. "Pillars of the South" is, compared to the more complex opener, an almost swinging track before the more quite "The Emma" unsheathes the 60's roots.
Also the two shorter tunes on the album are really cool ones. "Vermin" is one of the faster numbers on "The unspeakable" while "Black sunlight" belongs, next to the opener, to my faves. The galloping rhythm is a special element that the band adds to their sound - and it fits well. The deeper vocals of Sabbathi give the track a darker vibe while the melody gives the song a certain ease. It's this contrast that adds the peperoni to the pizza.
For each of you that doubted if Year Of The Goat could keep the high level of the earlier EP I can clearly say: 'Yes, they can'. Actually "The unspeakable" sounds even better.
Label: Napalm Records
Genre: Retro Rock
Release date EU: July 31st, 2015
(8/10) Classic rock and no end im sight. Year Of The Goat belongs to those bands that feel home in this genre. The six-piece is inspired by the sounds of the 60's and 70's. After they had released their debut called "Angel's necropolis in 2012 it took the guys from Norrköping two more years for releasing the next EP. And it was worth waiting. Eventhough the EP only contains three songs Year Of The Goat managed to deepen their own interprataion of classic rock.
The music of the band has a strong vintage charm. It is the warm and organic sound that is fascinating.
The highlight on this EP is the middle part - a song called "Mystic mountains". It is an almost eight minutes long epical rock song that reflects exactly what the title promises. You can see the 'mystic mountains' by just closing your eyes (and without any other additives). It is a melancholic rock song, that convinces with great melodies, combined with a classic guitar sound and accented mellotron parts. But it is especially singer Thomas Sabbathi who does an excellent job here.
The other two tracks are not bad either, but can't reach the very high level of "Mystic mountain". The title track is a right-to-the-point rocker with pushing drums and a great guitarlines. I was reminded a bit to Heroes Del Silencio when I heard the tune for the first time. This goes mainly for the chorus.
The third track is an instrumental. "Non-euclidean calculus" is a sphereful and silent song that spreads a peaceful vibe. This means that all songs have a really different expression by still belonging together.
Great stuff and worth to listen to - eventhough you might be done with the classic rock revival.
Label: Napalm Records
Genre: Classic Rock