Ye Goat-Herd Gods is a black metal band from Alberta, Calgary. Just by looking at the album cover and and the band’s logo, you can kind of guess what you will be hearing inside the record. If you thought of the tried and true black metal approach, you’d be as wrong as I was. With the new wave of black metal upon us, black metal is no longer just straight forward, hyper chaotic riffs, banshee screeches, and the use-or over use-of Satan. While Satan is still a prominent fixture in black metal still it is not the primary focus. Bands of the new era of black metal have been mixing in different genres of metal taking it to new heights.
Ye Goat-Herd Gods mixes in some thrash with the black metal making the riffs tighter, adding in some tricky guitar work and peppering in some guitar solos. The vocals are still of the black metal variety, gravely at a mid vocal level. The songs are not completely in your face harsh, but more groove laden black metal.
Groove laden doesn’t mean it doesn’t hit hard at all. Becoming Flesh takes you to new places in the black metal world. It just isn’t hell anymore, but off shoots of hell perhaps. Ye Goat-Herd Gods tell a story with each of their songs making the journey through this album that much more enjoyable. The album is riff heavy and focuses on more of the melodic side of the spectrum instead of the chaotic car crash sounding side. Everything is tight, well focused and well produced.
From the good production and drive of the band, Becoming flesh is melodic as well as pounding. The nine songs offered on this album take a hold of you never letting go, making you want to listen over and over again. It is head banging goodness, supercharged by the ever pounding drum kicks, melodious guitars, and the gripping vocals.
These lads from Calgary made an album more accessible to every metal fan out there instead of being pigeon holed into one single category. Being black metal doesn’t have to mean that you have to sacrifice goats on a daily basis, or draw pentagrams on everything. Now it is infused with much more melody and atmosphere creating something all of its own. This is a very good album. So do yourself a favor. Treat your ear holes with Becoming Flesh.