If you had any reason to doubt the come back of old school death metal, you should shove those doubts down your throat. Because it seems that the come back of the old sound is in full swing. Tyrant Goatgaldrakona is from Hungary and formed in 2009 to decimate everything and everyone in their path. If you did not get the hint, they play an old school style of death metal. With the new death metal sound that is crisp and tight and at certain times over technical, the old school sound is a refreshing breath of putrid air. It’s not that the music isn’t technical because it still is, it’s just that the overly polished sound gives way to a more grimy and dirty sound.
With Tyrant Goatgaldrakona and their new release Horns in the Dark all of the grime and slime is there. The production is spot on for an old school release giving it that extra fresh out of the crypt sound. And mind you, this release spares no one. There is no fluff, no filler and no B.S. to go along with it. What you see is what you get. From the gritty artwork done by Mark Riddick to the very final song of this album, Tyrant Goatgaldrakona ooze death metal.
With this new release of theirs comes seven songs of sickening blasphemy. With the seven songs and with two songs that clock in over the six minute mark coming at the beginning and the end of the album, Horns in the Dark is a sizable album. It flays your flesh and strips the skin from your bones just like any good death metal should do. And just like a band that came around in the 2000’s playing old school death metal should do, Tyrant Goatgaldrakona raise the dead and pay homage to the forefathers before them.
Throughout the twitching mass of flesh that is Horns in the Dark you are succumbed to darkness, and accosted by a blitzkrieg of death. The seven songs that are presented here waft through the air just like the stench of death would when you open a casket from thirty years ago. But in that casket instead of finding a body, you find Tyrant Goatgaldrakona.
The album works double time banging your head and raising the dead. Horns in the Dark is nothing short of pummeling. In fact the songs only slow down when needed, but for the most part they are sonic assaults aimed to bulldoze you into your freshly dug grave.
From the seven minute opener The Mountains of Irkalla, Tyrant Goatgaldrakona establishes pretty quickly that they are here to leave a bloody waste land of corpses. Everything that follows The Mountains of Irkalla follows suite in its destruction. The guitars are buzz filled, but not too thick. They’re fiery and poisonous and more than once in a while they belt out a screeching guitar solo. The guitars can’t work alone however, so they employ the drums to smash in your face with sledge hammer like heaviness, and machine gun blasts. Giving each song more support and fire power is the bass, and much like everything else on this album, the vocals that are spewed forth are thick and corrosive. The vocalist growls a deep throat scraping death growl that is sure to crack some head stones.
Through and through, Tyrant Goatgaldrakona and their latest offering to the damned bleeds and oozes death. The band and this album have a deathly charm to them, and if you are a fan of death metal in general this is to be added to your collection.
Horns in the Dark was released 2013 and the repress of the album was released June 15th of this year through Caverna Abismal Records.