[Reviewed by: Iaha Crax]
About 25 years have passed since the emergence of Archgoat out of an obscure Finnish pit. Already a lifetime for devoted listeners of savage black metal, those simply unable to renounce their “faith” regardless of the attractive spoliation that age brings, along with conformity and maturation.
“The Whore Of Bethlehem” appeared in 2006 and 3 years after “The Light-Devouring Darkness”; after several split-records Archgoat regimented in Debemur Morti and released this opus, conceived in two parts.
Many of those who listened to them at their very beginning are now adults with children and flourishing businesses. There is no longer a need to look back in time for “Nuns, Cunts And Darkness” (as the first song is named), since this record brings in the unique blasphemous spirit that none of us have traded for corporate musical surrogates. “The Apocalyptic Triumphator” personifies that “black radiance” poured unto the soul with heavy-raining death-black blasts, sufficient to unmask the feebleness grown in self-denial and offer it as a spiteful sacrifice to the demons of the original Self.
On hearing this, it seems very understandable for the band to give up such a delusional quest for originality (surely, in terms of black/death metal) and let us in the tremendous demonic territory, or, as they put it, use the “Phallic Desecrator of the Gates”. Archgoat conceives the metallic rhythm as a request for a simplistic art in a factual situation, trans-bordering prayer and action alike: the “Grand Luciferian Theophany”.
The vinyl format ends with “Those Below” closing the “left hand path” side of the disc. The “right hand path” is drawn on the other side of the disc, so that you have to reverse it and enter the “Congregation Of The Circumcised”. The degree of blasphemy weighs heavier here, tending towards a barbarous desecration only acceptable by those crossing the “Sado-Magical Portal”. In the passage to the morning star Archgoat carries us through “Light Of Phosphorus” by means of thick, admonishing furies and tormenting avalanches getting someone ready to become a “Profanator of the 1st Commandement”. And setting “sheep aside” they finally prepare a “Funeral Pyre Of Trinity” for everyone to come and feast upon the flames of Hades.
Archgoat – The Apocalyptic Triumphator
Debemur Morti Productions, DMP0117