Goathemy - Frostland
I'll admit it directly, I had small expectations before when I got Frostland in my mailbox. A debut album from a Finnish band who uses somewhat silly pseudonyms can't possibly be good, can it? Well, it was far better than I expected.
Goathemy is not a new band, they've been around for around 10 years now, members have shifted but Goath has remained. He's the man behind Goathemy. The band has released two EPs and a few demos, they play melodic black metal. One of the things that positively surprised me was the lack of keyboards, Goathemy creates a nice atmosphere by using female vocals and catchy melodic riffs. The production is also important to their sound, it's well-produced yet it keeps a sort of evil sound, without being too raw, it suits Goathemy's music perfectly.
The both vocalists complement each other well, Goath's raspy vocals fit the music and Dark's soothing voice goes well together with the melodies. The music is varied, it ranges from nice melodies to catchy riffs, the intro riff on Hands of Immortality is catchy as hell and the song is one the highlights on the album.
If you're a fan of melodic black metal you should definitely
check this one out. It's a solid good release from a band I'll keep
an eye on in the future. This album really has a few standout tracks,
but some of the other tracks, although varied, is weaker and keeps this
release from being completely awesome.