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December 2008
Released: 2008, Violent Journey Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen

Goathemy sounds like a name of some black metal band, doesn´t it? Well, we are not that far from the whole truth here either. It´s Goathemy´s male vocalist Hannu basically who leans Goathemy´s 2nd album, titled TORN, in black metal´s direction quite a bit. Some short background info about Goathemy: the band was formed in 2002 and their debut album (FROSTLAND) saw the light of the full moon in 2006, which introduced Goathemy more as a melodic black metal band to the whole world. From there, the band has traveled quite a long way towards the more doomy paths of the forests musically, as their 2nd effort TORN, proves it pretty well.

On TORN - which actually could best be described as a blackish doom metal (doomy black metal - you pick the words in the correct order!) album, in which Sabbath-type of heavy and sorrowful riffs, acoustic interludes and passages, Teija´s siren-type of clean and fragile vocal parts, all create quite a dreamscape-ish atmosphere until Hannu comes in and breaks the harmony with his cursing, blackish shrieks. The whole built atmosphere on TORN is like a never-ending battle between good and evil, in which there are no winners or losers. In terms of trying to create something unique and a bit of out the ordinary, I think Goathemy have accomplished a great part of that for this album, which naturally is a good thing for them. Making doom - and black metal to match each other, isn´t for everybody - and Goathemy get decent marks for themselves with their attempts to make their best out of both genres. My only complaint, however is, that there´s a bit too much female vocals on the album - while however, adding overall even more certain atmosphere over this album, it still becomes a bit too dominating element in a long run. Nothing against Teija´s vocalism - just a pure observation made by my incorruptible ears.

TORN is a relatively well-made, worth checking out doom-ish black metal record from Goathemy all in all. By all means check it out if it falls into the aforementioned metal genres that you like also.
Track Listing

01. The Wanderer
02. Tribe
03. Void of Crown
04. The Blind Almighty
05. Vicious Woman
06. Liars to the Cross
07. Dead Man's Ashes
08. Under the Capricornus
09. Origin of Storm
10. Torn


Hannu Ruohoniemi – Guitars and vocals
Janne Ruohoniemi - Guitars
Teija Ruohoniemi - Female vocals
Antti Väliniemi – Lead bass
Tomi Tupiini – Rhythm bass
Pasi-Pekka Puska – Drums

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