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Ye Goat-Herd Gods
Becoming Flesh
August 2012
Released: 2012, Indie
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

Canadian Metal Spotlight-Part 1

About once a year or so I’ll dig down deep into the frozen permafrost of the Canadian Metal scene and share some worthy releases with a wider audience. Since we don’t get summer up here in the Great White North I’ll bring you a little cold front of Metal albums and do a quick review of seven recent albums by newer bands from coast to coast. Being a Canadian writing for a Canadian site it is the least I can do, in a patriotic sense, to help give a little exposure to my fellow Metallions of the north but that doesn’t means they get a free ride, just because they are Canadian! These bands actually deserve your attention;

Demona (Quebec)

Haiduk (Calgary, Alberta)

Kemilon (Montreal, Quebec)

Striker (Edmonton, Alberta)

Titan’s Eve (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Valfreya (Montreal, Quebec)

Ye Goat-Herd Gods (Calgary, Alberta)

Please feel free to check out the other reviews in this feature. Next month we will feature:

Auroch (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Begrime Exemious (Edmonton, Alberta)

Black Moor (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia)

Dark Forest (Calgary, Alberta)

Maglor (Calgary, Alberta)

Odium (Walkerton, Ontario)

Ze (Calgary, Alberta)


I’m not quite sure what to think about this brand new project. First off, the bands name doesn’t thrill me. Goat-Herd? Shepherds aren’t Metal. Secondly, I’m not sure if my physical copy is a demo, or an independent album but the presentation needs work. No contact info, no list of band members, no lyrics, no photos, no recording info or song-writing credits, it’s a bit thin, just a single page booklet. On the plus side it does have a nice album cover and a cool logo and after speaking with the Great Horned One , I realized that the band is deliberately low-key in it's presentation and production to allow the music to speak for itself, which is admirable. The name of the band is from a dark poem, written in 1590. Despite those factors, of being very low-key, BECOMING FLESH is a very good slab of Black/Death Metal. It’s standard length for an extreme Metal album; 9 songs, 36 minutes.

The production is quite good although it sounds a bit muted, but nothing a bigger budget and a producer couldn’t rectify. Goatfathers' guest vocals sounds good as he delivers some gruff but not horrendous vocals. There is some quite laid back and elegant soloing especially on the track ‘Beneath The Trees’. Founder and brainchild, The Great Horned One does almost all of the instrumentation and her talent is on display as the performances are quite tight and compact. BECOMING FLESH is extreme Metal no doubt but also has a fine sense of melody and pacing. The songs aren’t all just fast, in fact many of the songs are a bit slower, compared to some of Black Metal that are loaded with blastbeats in every song. No, these compositions even have some hints of prog and doom, maybe a bit of a mid-period Enslaved influence? It’s hard to pin-point. The songs are very engaging, but without stooping to using simplistic hooks to catch your ear. I found I enjoyed this more on the headphones quietly than blasting in the car, for example. 'Tiamat' is one of the standout tracks in my mind. Many of the lyrics drawn on pieces of classical literature and even some ancient texts! Atmospheric and compelling, I think Ye Goat Herd Gods has enormous potential only hinted at on BECOMING FLESH.

* Please note that this review has been revised from it's original publication to correct a few errors on the part of the writer. extends their apologies to YGHG*
Track Listing

1. Shamash
2. Fallen Ones
3. Tiamat
4. Unrepentant
5. Scourge
6. Siege!
7. The Gift
8. Beneath the Trees
9. In Times of Peace


The Great Horned One-All
Goatfather- Guest Vocals

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