If you’ve ever wondered what a marriage between Archgoat and Gatecreeper would sound like, the lovely Weregoat has returned with a new album to satiate your curiosity. Pestilential Rites of Infernal Fornication is a raw, crusty, blackened mesh of concentrated rage and blasphemy that’s proud to flaunt it’s Finnish war metal inspiration. The album may not contain anything particularly extraordinary, but Weregoat provides something solid and consistent enough to satisfy those late-night blackened death metal cravings we all get.
This debut album has a huge sound; it’s extremely dynamic and consistently pissed off from start to finish. Pestilential Rites isn’t exactly abrasive per se, but it’s a powerful release that never really gives the listener a break. Blackened death metal really isn’t a genre that calls the word ‘variety’ to mind, but even so, the first Weregoat album has a certain draining effect. The almost hardcore punk styled vocals tie in with the bass and drums to keep the music weighed down, while the guitar gets to showcase some pretty crazy riffs. Yet, it’s not enough to save the album from being predictable.
Pestilential Rites of Infernal Fornication is what I consider to be a perfect example of a “solid release”; it’s not great, but it’s good and most importantly, it never stops being good. Consistency is Weregoat’s strong suit without a doubt. There are some killer tracks that prove that the band’s talent is nothing to scoff at, and if you can look past the fact that’s a very homogeneous release, there’s a nice, energetic, oppressive cauldron of ritualistic evil waiting for you.
Pestilential Rites of Infernal Fornication is available now on CD, and will release on vinyl and digitally on June 30th via Vault of Dried Bones.