“No color. No light shines into this pit . . . “
Mass ov Perversion, the debut full length from the Dutch duo Funeral Goat offers only hot blood for the cold altar of Satan. Melody and lush arrangements be damned all to Hell; this is primitive and barbaric goat metal at it’s finest! The 13 rituals that are Mass ov Perversion are the very weapons of Lucifer, punishing all who dare cross the threshold . . .
An atmospheric introduction greets the victim with a spoken word proclaiming the ensuing onslaught to be, rather obviously, in the name of Satan. 666, a track with which I had been familiar from its inclusion on Forbidden Magazine Issue One’s Compilation, comes crashing in next, falling somewhat short of the more aggressive elements to be found later on in the album. Essence of Impiety brings about a neck-snapping groove that moves the bodies of all in attendance . . . living or dead. Conjuration crawls about like an animal, severely wounded but still hungry after a vicious battle. This slow moving piece of darkness stood out to me, given the more breakneck speed of Mass ov Perversion. The title track, immediately following, turns up the intensity level, showing what may the albums tightest performance and most violent attack. Calling Forth the Storm does just that: it brings an all-out blitzkrieg upon the listener with the battery of a madman, the vocals of a pervert, and the hatred of a devil-born . . .
The ritual of Satanic Goat Worship is just that — a ritual. There is no room, no need, really, for varying the proven method of dark magic. What Funeral Goat offers is nothing new, nothing ‘profound’ or ‘forward-thinking’ or, in other words, no bullshit. The lyrics are minimal, repetitive and direct. Every word, every strike and every unhallowed scream gives praise to Satan. Luckily, the performance is menacing enough to garner deserved attention and bring more and more acolytes into the circle.
Mass ov Perversion, while only 33 minutes, still manages to keep me listening again and again. The second half of the album really seems to come from a different direction, musically, showing more aggression and fury whereas the first few tracks have a more straightforward, rhythmic feel. The LP version contains two additional cover songs, War‘s Satan’s Millineum and Von‘s Watain. No bullshit . . . not even a mention of the Christ on this record . . . that is how fucking evil it is. Get your hands on this sacrifice today!