The Great He-Goat are a band from Tulsa, Oklahoma that plays a very depressive form of black metal and this is a review of their self released 2012 demo.
"A Hollow Victory" which is also the first song on the demo opens up with dark nature sounds and a few seconds later fast and raw black metal riffs kick in along with drums and shouts in the background which also leads up to grim black metal vocals and after awhile the guitar riffing also utilizes some melody and after a few minutes the music goes into a more slow and depressive direction as well as bringing in melodic guitar leads which also leads to a few seconds of acoustic guitars before getting heavy again.
"The Traveller in The Cloak Of Shadows" begins with night sounds and a few seconds later acoustic guitars come in along with drums and bass guitars before adding in heavier guitar riffs which after awhile get more melodic when the grim vocals kick in and the song sticks to a mid paced direction for a couple of minutes before adding in fast parts as well as returning to the clean sections for a few seconds which also leads to the music slowing down again and then alternating between fast, slow and clean parts along with a brief use of guitar leads.
"The Cave of Forgotten Dreams" opens up with dark ambient sounds and a few seconds later there is a brief use of spoken word samples before adding in slow depressive black metal guitar riffs and drums along with grim vocals and you can also hear bass guitars in the background which in return also leads up to some melodic guitar leads that come in and out of the song and towards the end the guitar riffing gets more melodic.
"A Hollow Victory" which is also the last song as well as an instrumental is the same song as the first one but with no vocals being present.
Song lyrics cover dark themes, while the production has a very dark, raw and primitive sound to it while you can still hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording as well as the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion The Great He-Goat are a very great sounding grim, melodic depressive black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this demo. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Traveller in The Cloak Of Shadows" and "The Cave of Forgotten Dreams". RECOMMENDED BUY.