Thursday, August 15, 2019

Tyrant Goatgaldrakona: Horns in the Dark (2013)

I got this promo four years ago when Blood Harvest released a 12" LP (since sold out, long ago presumably). And even after all this time, I still find occasion to listen to it.

Tyrant Goatgaldrakona is a Hungarian band who were on the leading edge of the burgeoning old-school death metal revival of the era. Vastum would be a close analog to what you find here.

It's primitive death metal with relentless drumming and riffs that shift from standard detuned thrash to tremolo-picked to slower, groovy sections peppered throughout. The solos are simplified, atonal, Slayer-esque, in the grand tradition of primitive death metal.

You'll hardly be able to tell the songs apart, mostly (a couple do stand out, like the longer cuts which open and close the record). But you will enjoy it. And that's all you really need.

3.5 out of 5 stars

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