Goatreich - Fleshcult
(Napalm Records) Enslain Magazine Volume 2, Issue 1 "Goatreich - Fleshcult" is an excellent fusion of black metal/death metal that is well-produced and balanced in dynamics throughout. The Austrian terror that is Belphegor has created a delightfully evil and highly-listenable record here. Everything one would expect is present, and the guitars have a lower mid-range punch, without being too scratchy, that gives the songs depth with their sinister yet audible tone. Unlike many recordings that contain grind/blast drum beats, the snare drum retains its individual timbre in the mix. The songs are rather fast on average, but in each song there is a variety of moods in the riffing. There are single line, 32nd note guitar parts which are harmonized, that give way to brutal barre chord passages, with plenty of "old school" palm-muted sections.
While each song is unique and memorable, the highlights are the tracks "Bleeding Salvation", and "Swarm of Rats." This is exactly the sort of album that, back in the early 90's, I had hoped would still be released today. I haven't had a vibe like this from a record since I heard Morbid Angel's "Altars of Madness" back in '89.
If you were waiting for the usual drawback, here it is: This record is only about 40 minutes long, that is to say, I wish this album were a box-set! This is a must have for any death/black metal fan. Now the only part that sucks is waiting for their next release!