Goat Semen 01What can I say, sometimes you just have to grab promo because it’s obnoxious and crude and sounds like a wacky way to ride out the week. Native to Peru, an area that offers as varied a range of metal as the biodiversity of the country itself, and following on from two live albums and a host of splits with Nazxul, Krieg, Levifer, and Japan’s Sabbat, Goat Semen are delivering their debut full-length release – Ego Svm Satana. Unsure as to exactly what to expect from the goat worshipping heathens, and knowing the album was a decade in the making, a healthy dose of anticipation had me quickly establishing that Goat Semen play the kind of loud-mouthed, obnoxious black metal that veers into thrash, death, doom and sometimes even grind territory with similarities to Anal Vomit, Wicca, Sextrash and others that I’ll get to down the line.

Ego Svm Satana kicks off with “Letanias de Satan,” a short track that holds some similarities to the opening track from Sextrash‘s Sexual Carnage. It’s raw and darkly atmospheric with much of the vocal contribution consisting of prayers and invocations to conjure up the underworld. Following close behind, “Holocausto” sets the tone for what you can expect in “Genocidio,” “Warfare Noise,” “Altares De Pandemonium” and “Madre Muerte” with track length being the big differentiator. Only a short way into the album, you’ll discover that Erick Neyra has a vocal style similar to that of Anal Vomit‘s Milo Possessor, ranging between crude puking, croaking gurgles and barking black metal shrieks dripping with mania so varied and layered that I initially found it hard to imagine there was one vocalist.

Musically Satyricon’s drumwork has a frenzied feel, with blast beats competing with fills, competing with more blasting – it’s brutally ugly but at the same time satisfying, resembling the delivery used by Impaled Nazarene or once again, Anal Vomit. Axeman Wa Han Beleth shoehorns squealing flourishing solos à la Wicca and Sextrash into the mix every chance he gets, and while not particularly unique, they’re great focal points in all the schizophrenia. Vocals and guitar solos play off of each other effectively, either one or the other wailing at some point as if being slaughtered or sacrificed. The remaining tracks (“Hambre, Peste, Guerra y Muerte” and “Ego Svm Satana”) have an unexpectedly doomy vein that pops up from time to time, with the element drawing once again from Sextrash. If nothing else, it certainly sets these two numbers apart and provides some diversity.

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Apart from being a collection of nine songs that fail to commit to memory easily, be it the lack of catchy vocal anchors or the fact that Goat Semen don’t really have any unique, original elements, the lengthier tracks suffer from overstaying their welcome. A short and brutal impact was what I was after from Ego Svm Satana, and only part of the album fits the bill.

Despite, or maybe because of the production problems that plagued this album during 2013, Goat Semen turned to Arthur Rizk (responsible for the engineering, mixing and production of Inquisition‘s Obscure Verses for the Multiverse) to produce the album and his attention to detail has paid off handsomly. It has the right balance of blackened DIY-authenticity combined with a pleasant focus on dynamics that allow the bass riffs to punch through, guitar solos and vocals to sing out and at the same time, make this less ear-fatiging. Goat Semen have delivered an album that while not unique, is still a good addition to the extreme metal niche they occupy and I’ll keep spinning this. Look past the band name and give it a spin!

Rating: 3.0/5.0
DR: 7 | Format Reviewed: 192 kbps mp3
Label: Hells Headbangers
Websites: Facebook.com/GoatSemen
Release Dates: EU: 2015.02.24 | NA: 04.07.2015

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  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    Band name…normally you would’ve had me at goat, but this loses it somewhere between geriatric generic and thyroid try hard…poo shoe would’ve been better…
    Its hard to look past goat seamen when it’s in your face…that said you’re right the production in the embedded track was very enjoyable and the song too…but now that you mention it I’ve got Obscure Verses for the Multiverse its excellent (latent AOTH 2013), think i’ll just listen to that…

    • Carlos Marrickvillian

      I should add that the Album art is fantastic

  • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

    This sounds good, great review! A split with Nazxul is enticing, and while I do want to keep up with their comings and goings, a lack of hooks might be a bit tough to swallow.

    • Thanks! I think it’s one of those albums that requires additional listening time to really sink in. I’ll see how it’s sitting come year end.

  • Monsterth Goatom

    The embedded track was interesting; kind of a BM version of Archspire’s rapid-fire delivery, though not the same level of inspiration.

    I could make fun of the band name, but I won’t.

    Never mind, I will. When I was young, my friends and I used to have fun making up names for fictitious punk bands, like “The Used Condoms”, or “Severe Heroin Induced Trauma” (or “SHIT”). Maybe this name arose from a similar brainstorming session.

    I never heard of “Anal Vomit”. I’m guessing that’s an imaginative counterpart to “verbal diarrhea”?

    • Lol I suspect you could be right… a drinking game gone south…. I mean brainstorming session.

  • Nordling Writes ov USBM

    I thought this was pretty good, not exactly as punishing as, say, Archgoat, but good nonetheless. I have to regretfully agree on the extensive length of some songs though.

  • Brian Kelly

    the audio quality on the song there actually sounded fine, the majority of these extremely underground bands from peru/chile/south america in general/etc/etc sound horrible and the music is horrible. this song was pretty bad but at least it had ok audio. i dont wanna listen to anything else off it, i can wail and moan atonally by myself if i was wanting to hear that.

  • Ah Perú. While I must admit that my online interactions with people native to those lands has left me with an admittedly irrational distaste for anything coming from that beautiful country I must say that the idea of these fine gentlemen making a split with Sabbat has left me curious. And the embedded song wasn’t terrible.

    • Lol I’m sure not terrible was the aim :)

  • Doomdeathrosh

    It is weird that most bands mentioned here can hold a candle name-wise to “goat semen”!…..on a serious note im quite intrigued by their version of metal,i’ll give them a spin and see if they can stop me laughing at their name!

  • I don’t know what to think. I mean i am close to Perú, I live in Venezuela, but… they don’t make Black metal. I mean what is a Peruvian person doing black metal? It doesn’t make sense to all of us here in America. No really! It is something unheard of and still the band is not that bad. I like it actually.

    I will spin it a few times and see how many incan demons come crawling.

    • [not a Dr]

      Peruvians do whatever they feel like doing.

  • Helvete Ulver

    If you like War Metal/goat metal whatever the fuck you want to call it then you will love this album,too many of these reviewers like to nick pick on an album and ride it out like they are on a crusade,If you like Archgoat,Nihil Domination,Cremation,Blasphemy,Sadomator,Weregoat,early Beherit,Sepultura Morbid Visions era,Genocide Shrines and everything else raw and filthy you will love this shit/