Tuesday, March 7, 2017

GOATMOON - Stella Polaris review

GOATMOON - Stella Polaris

Werewolf Records/Hells Headbangers

Unless you're an aficionado in Finnish black metal, have an affinity for Goat named bands or are just fucking lucky (I fall in with the last two) then GOATMOON is familiar to you. GOATMOON is BlackGoat Gravedesecrator aka: Jaakko Lahde, a one man black metal act, who I became familiar with years ago. I have a few of his previous releases, two of which I recommend; Finnish Steel Storm from 2007 and Varjot from 2011. I also have his debut full length Death Before Dishonour from 2004 but even with my low standards I couldn't recommend that to anyone without a disclaimer. When I went into blogger retirement I lost track of his work though now I see he has been fairly prolific. 

GOATMOON has gone the full GRAVELAND route, in that Jaakko Lahde has followed a similar path. Both are one man black metal acts who started out as raw sounding but it later days allowed some folk and very clean production into the sound. I heard this on Varjot and obviously on Stella Polaris (albeit I've missed some things in-between) it's really evident. Maybe calling GOATMOON a one man act is not right anymore since on here Jaakko Lahde just does the vocals and has a band behind him including a keyboardist and someone handling the wind instruments (flute and tin whistle). 

While Jaakko Lahde still keeps the blackened side of this as feral as possible albeit cleaner, the folk parts are somewhat simplistic. Been there done that would be the best description.  





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