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Archgoat - The Luciferian Crown review



Reviewer:
7.3

40 users:
7.65
Band: Archgoat
Album: The Luciferian Crown
Release date: September 2018


01. Intrantation
02. Jesus Christ Father Of Lies
03. Jezebels Black Mass Orgy
04. Messiah Of Pigs
05. Darkness Has Returned
06. Sorcery And Doom
07. Star Of Darkness And Abyss
08. The Obsidian Flame (From My Depths)
09. The Luciferian Crown (Venom Of God)
10. I Am Lucifer's Temple


Archgoat are a band that emerged through the Finnish black metal scene during the early 90s, alongside bands such as Beherit and Impaled Nazarene. Although Archgoat actually formed in 1989; amazingly, The Luciferian Crown was only the fourth full-length album that Archgoat released in the three decades of their existence.

If you're familiar with Archgoat's previous discography, it will come as no surprise that the lyrical content here is purely Satanic, focusing on the praise and worship of Satan. As titles such as "Jezebels Black Mass Orgy" and "Messiah Of Pigs" would suggest, the content here is truly evil and blasphemous, which obviously portrays Archgoat as an anti-Christian act. This may seem like a forgone conclusion, but let's face it, Archgoat are as Satanic as any true black metal band around, so why would anyone expect anything different from this band?

Archgoat have a relatively tiny discography. Despite this, their music has remained consistent throughout, and the style and focus of their music has never strayed away from their original sound, and this album is no exception. The production and sound of this album may sound all too similar to their previous albums; the style and songwriting being far from original, meaning this is by no means a classic. That's not to say it's all bad. Per usual, the riffs contain great hooks, with a great balance of mid-to-slow-pace tempos with sudden bursts of high tempo sections.

The style of growling from Lord Angelslayer's harsh vocals are beyond the normal brutality of any typical black metal vocals. They sound almost death metal, so along with the fast pace rhythm sections and deep guitar tone, there are clearly death metal influences in here, which again is a continuation from previous albums.

There is nothing spectacular here, but it is good standard black metal. On the grand scale of things, The Luciferian Crown is a little less predictable than previous albums, with the use of more rhythm changes, although the sound, and Luciferian themes are pretty much the same.


Rating breakdown
Performance: 7
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 5
Production: 6

Written by AndyMetalFreak | 06.11.2021




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Comments

Comments: 2   Visited by: 5 users
17.11.2021 - 10:53
gavdann

Good review although personally I'd give them more for originality.

On the surface it doesn't sound particularly original until you realise no one else really sounds like Archgoat.

They're incredibly good live as well btw.
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17.11.2021 - 11:16
AndyMetalFreak
Mr Nice Guy
Written by gavdann on 17.11.2021 at 10:53

Good review although personally I'd give them more for originality.

On the surface it doesn't sound particularly original until you realise no one else really sounds like Archgoat.

They're incredibly good live as well btw.

Thanks Looking back now perhaps I was slightly harsh on the originality, I purley based the originality of this album to previous Archgoat albums, instead of comparing other bands to this sound, and there are not many bands around these days that sound as evil as Archgoat, so I'm hoping they keep to this sound.

I've never seen them live myself, but I imagine they really put on a show, not something to for Christian's to attend.
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