Goat Throne’s debut album, is a shape-shifting album that never loses its intensity

Rife with tension, Johannesburg-based stoner-metal outfit Goat Throne’s debut album Blood for the Blood Goat blends genres to create palpable intensity.

“Intro”, the opening track, is a hackle-raiser that makes life begin to feel like a horror movie. On top of the chugging instruments is a layer of nightmare-fuel sound effects setting the scene for something that’s going to get the blood pumping.

When I heard “Heartburn” for the first time I was surprised when Jarl of Linden’s vocals flipped from intimidating growling to something akin to Dan Auerbach’s work for the Black Keys. The varied use of Linden’s voice is a defining feature of the album and it, without changing the music in any way, adds a layer of complexity and identity.

“Goat of Misery” takes things one step further. Separated from the aforementioned growling by a powerful guitar solo and instrumental break is a section of vocals not unlike Marilyn Manson’s “Birds of Hell Awaiting,” amplifying the sense of unease that runs through the album.

The offering is a mutli-faceted, tension-filled album that changes its identity at will with an almost unsettling confidence.