Goatpsalm - Downstream
Label: Aestetic Death
Release date 29.02.16
In 2009 two members of the vicious black/death metal band Sickrites
conjured into being the unfathomable entity that is Goatpsalm. Goatpsalm gave a home to their musical creations that wandered territories too strange and arcane for the full-frontal-assault mindset of Sickrites. Goatpsalm opened up new worlds for them to explore, pathways into dark and ancient mysteries. No two recordings are ever the same and they never retrace their footsteps, always looking to uncover new secrets.
The line-up of Goatpsalm has been as free flowing as their music, spirits arrive and spirits depart and after the release of their second album, Erset La Tari, which delved into the black beliefs, lore and legend of Babylon and Mesopotamia, they were joined by multi-instrumentalist Vaarwel, also of Frozen Ocean
. The result of this injection of creativity and vision is Downstream, their third, most accomplished and individual release. Through the power of these seven musical incantations Goatpsalm lead us into the realms of the North to dream-walk through the mist shrouded forests and frozen fjords, to unearth magic and feel the presence of the spirits of nature.
There are no simple classifications that can bind Downstream, no basic genre descriptions to contain it - dark ambience, pure atmosphere, touches of doom, hints of blackness, hypnotic enchantment, enticing strangeness and sheer, enthralling magic; with this album Goatpsalm have created something unique and special.
More than just a listening experience, Goatpsalm can open doors. Follow them Downstream and discover what lies on the other side of dreams.
A selection of press feedback:
I havent heard anything else quite like it this year. NO CLEAN SINGING
...a bold grim darkness... THE GRIM TOWER
...an immense undertaking... THE METAL OBSERVER
There is something very special about this Russian band and they way they create their craft. ABSOLUTE ZERO MEDIA
...a fascinating album and Ive lost myself in its precise doom and folky mysticism. ANGRY METAL GUY
...magically fluid transitions... METAL SUCKS
.Dark ambience, pure atmosphere, touches of doom, hints of blackness, hypnotic enchantment, enticing strangeness... DARKEST GOTH MAGAZINE
I honestly can't fault it... DOOM METAL.COM
Interviews also appeared courtesy of ZERO TOLERANCE
, BATTLE HELM
, DARK UNDERGROUND MUSIC ZINE
Genre: Dark Ambient Metal
For fans of: Avrigus | Hexvessel | Indesinence | Evoken
H. - bass, noises, keyboards, backing vocals, clay bells, mouth harp
Vaarwel - vocals, guitars, sanshin, clay flutes, acoustic guitars
Kim - drums
Sadist - backing vocals, acoustic guitars