The Great He-Goat are a band from Oklahoma which has had their previous material reviewed before in this zine that plays a very raw, melodic and grim form of black metal and this is a review of their self released 2014 album "Last Rites For A Generation".
The album starts out with a dark dungeon synth style sound before going into a more fast and raw black metal direction along with blast beats and grim vocals as well as adding in old school melodic death metal elements while the main focus is still black metal along with an atmospheric background which also leads to a mixture of mid paced and fast parts before bringing in melodic metal solos.
As the album progresses acoustic guitars and traditional metal influences are brought into certain sections of the music along with some slower parts that bring in a depressive feeling to the recording before finding their sound with the more fast and melodic material which they are really good at and after awhile you can hear a small amount of symphonic elements form the keyboards but they are mostly in the background and do not over power the album.
With this album The Great He-Goat show a great amount of progress with their music while the music does has its raw black metal moments they also bring in a great amount of melody, melody and a small amount of atmospheric and symphonic elements as well as a traditional metal feeling and you can tell the band does not follow any trends and it shows with the diversity they bring onto the album.
Song lyrics cover darkness and occult themes, while the production has a very dark, powerful and heavy sound along with the bass guitars being mixed down low in the mix as well as some of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from The Great he-Goat and if you are a fan of heavy, fast, grim and melodic black metal, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Hollow Victory" and "The Cloak Of Shadows". 8 out of 10.