Ye Goatherd Gods – Ashes Shall Be Made Of Them
Reviewed: December, 2018
The Kings of Kanadian Karnage!- The Frozen North Rides Forth!
This feature is so good, I had to name it twice! About once a year I indulge my patriotism and review a bunch of Canadian Metal releases. There has been a whole pile of albums recently released in the past few months and I want to help bring some exposure to these bands. There are bands of all styles and all genres from across the country in this feature. The bands covered in this feature are… (listed alphabetically)
Anvil (Toronto, ON)
Apprentice (Vancouver, BC)
Arctic Circle (Brandon, Manitoba)
Assault (Vancouver, BC)
Black Rat (Calgary, AB)
Cauldron (Toronto, ON)
Codex:Factoria (Vancouver, BC)
Dethgod (Calgary, AB)
Fractal Cypher (Montreal,Quebec)
Haiduk (Calgary, AB)
Iomair (Scarborough, ON)
Ice War (Ottawa, ON)
Leah (Vancouver, BC)
Lee Aaron (Vancouver, BC)
Malacoda (Oakville, ON)
Mongol (Edmonton, AB)
Ominous Eclipse (Ottawa, ON)
Skullfist (Toronto, ON)
Solborn (Edmonton, AB)
Thor (Vancouver, BC)
Trollwar (Alma, PQ)
Untimely Demise (Saskatoon, SK)
W.M.D (Calgary, AB)
Ye Goat-Herd Gods (Calgary, AB)
Please enjoy all the albums in this feature and check out all the talent Canada has to offer!
Let’s get this over with right away. I know everyone asks what the hell does the band name mean? The phrase is drawn from a poem written around 1590 by English poet, scholar and soldier, Sir Phillip Sidney. Out of curiosity I read the poem and it is a nihilistic tale of murder, woe and banishment…perfect inspirational material for a Metal band!
Calgary’s Ye Goatherd Gods have released their second album and it has taken quite a while, six years to be precise. Originally a duo, Gord and Jeannie have added the two Matt’s (Telgin, drums and Riley, bass) to have a bit more of a band environment. The new work is the ominously titled ASHES SHALL BE MADE OF THEM. Talk about an underlying threat! The album cover looks like a blitzkrieg of fire and their cool logo is thankfully intact!
I immediately noticed an improvement in sound quality. The debut was not terrible, but this one is just better. I also noticed an overall increase in speed as well, which is also a benefit. Tracks like ‘Helldiver’ (complete with screaming/diving warplane sound effects) are just ripping! I feel the band have stepped up their game on this release. The blackened Death just roars out of the speakers as do the vocals of Gord. The band alternates pace and tempo quite nicely keeping things moving along effectively. Once again some very decent solos add to the overall impact of the songs. ASHES SHALL BE MADE OF THEM is a pretty fierce album start to finish but there are a few moments of breathing room like the nice acoustic guitar intro segment of the song, ‘Shade Of Astaroth’. This is a fine slab of Death!
I enjoyed the debut (I reviewed it here about six years ago) and I’m delighted to see that they have persevered and created more music for us to enjoy. ASHES SHALL BE MADE OF THEM is a very worthy successor and continues the excellent legacy the band is slowly building.