Valdur – Goat of Iniquity

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label [URL] Bloody Mountain Records
Released: 2018
Buy Album [URL] https://valdur.bandcamp.com/album/goat-of-iniquity
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/valdur-54163319709/

Band line-up:

Matthew- drums, vocals
Vuke- guitar, bass
William- bass
JF- vocals

Tracklisting:

1. Divine Halls of Obscurity pt.I
2. Goat of Iniquity / Devouring the Whore of Darkness
3. Divine Halls of Obscurity pt.II
4. Spiritual Exhaust (The Beyond)
5. Inhale the Floodgates Open
6. (Iniquitous)

Review

Goat of Iniquity, the sixth album from this US Death Metal outfit, described itself in the press release as sounding “like a cassette tape from 1988”, and I was certainly reminded of all the ancient Rotting Christ demos I have on cassette when I put this on; for the first track was heavily reminiscent of Black Majesty from Norway – except with more grindcore elements. It’s definitely something to put on if you’re into the ‘kvlt’ side of Blackened Death Metal.

Valdur is best described as a sinister band as the sound of a bell tolling on the opener ‘Divine Halls of Obscurity Pt.1’ gives a sinister edge that makes the spine tingle as they bring forth tales of hate and occultism to the table. Second track ‘Goat of Iniquity/Devouring the Whore of Darkness’ also features the chimes of a church bell over a morose blast beat and plenty of fuzzy low fidelity to characterise a brutal desecration of all things Christian.

It’s best to describe this album as being a thunderstorm of noise – the type of BDM to own if you want things stripped down so far to the basics that the tunes are almost indecipherable. It isn’t something to look out for if you like the higher quality kind of metal but it’s not deliberately poor, I’ve been doing this job long enough to know these California boys weren’t pretending to be bad at their work when I put this record on. With tracks ranging from three to nine minutes, one can tell this group are dexterous and versatile in writing and producing complex and simple blackened death metal monstrosities.

If you want satanic themes and references to horror movies and disturbing moments in occult history put to Death Metal that isn’t too technical nor reeks of pretentiousness, then check out Valdur. This is the kind of album that was made in low fidelity in order to be enjoyed by those who like the old school sound and want things to sound just as good as they did 30 years ago, but are also open to the blackened side of the genre. It’s Blackened Death Metal at its most raw, so give it a spin if that wets your metal palate.

Review by Demitri Levantis
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