“I´d recommend this to people who appreciate extensive grand atmospheres. There´s some Agalloch in there (“The Mantle” and “Ashes… ” especially) mixed with Cult Of Luna and Isis if you want band references. Promising debut!”
When you have an opener like “Starvation”… mixing seven minutes of aggression and another seven minutes of withering Post Metal tempos, all creating a continuous music journey from beginning to end, it´s pretty obvious that here´s a band that focuses on lengthy soundscapes rather than three/four minute conventional song structures.
Ottawa´s Goetia are not a new band. Formed back in 2007, the four piece have been writing and rehearsing the giant “Le Vide”, originally released back in 2013, now reissued through Montreal´s Deathbound Records. The presskit mentions an opening slot for Sólstafir in the band´s hometown, which makes sense since they definitely share atmospheric elements with the Icelanders.
The aspiration to create something atmospherically charged with a big focus on soundscapes is very much present on all the tracks featured on this album. The aforementioned fourteen minute opener launches with desolate melodies and bleak riffs followed by a 180 degree spin of contrasts in the second half, painting a vast, abandoned post-civilized world that many Post Metal acts tend to go for. This leads into the relatively short interlude “Graves”, a bit more noise oriented building up to the sludgy tempos of “Overseas”, and thus the ebb and flow of aggressions and quietudes continue throughout the album.
This genre often makes rather sparse use of vocals, which is also the case with “Le Vide”. More used as an extra atmospherical effect on the songs, vocals appear occasionally in a hardcore shouted form with distorted effects. There are a lot of spacious sounds being put forth and the sound production thankfully allows enough space between the instruments to make it sound great and engaging and not all messed up.
I´d recommend this to people who appreciate extensive grand atmospheres. There´s some Agalloch in there (“The Mantle” and “Ashes…” especially) mixed with Cult Of Luna and Isis if you want band references. Promising debut! 7/10.
5. Néant Derthal