Black metal generally falls into two camps, with grand orchestral and symphonic works or just raw, ugly noise. A Transylvanian Funeral’s third release “Gorgos Goetia” falls very much into the second category. The brainchild of sole member and multi instrumentalist Sleepwalker, he has released the third album under the A Transylvanian Funeral banner. 72 minutes of primitive darkness which harks back to the days of the early nineties Norwegian scene.
With no need for an expansive grand intro, the first track opens up and gets straight into the core of the song, the rough sound stamping its its mark early on and leaving the listener in no uncertain terms as to what is to come.
Every subsequent track follows the same pattern, and the blueprint that was set by the likes of Darkthrone, Burzum et al. Repetitive, hypnotic riffs form the basis of each song on here with the one paced drumming following along. There are a few exceptions to this, with some clean but muffled vocals in ‘The Supreme Rite Of Transmutation’ and a couple of samples, but on the whole this is decent if not slightly formulaic black metal.
Such is the obsession with following the rules set some twenty plus years ago, there is nothing too progressive or new about this album. That was not the aim, however, so all in all it is a successful project, although with little in the way of variety and the one paced tempo of the album, the running time does seem a tad long. Each of the tracks on here fits in well and there aren’t any “filler’ tracks you could easily get rid of, but it could just do with being a couple of tracks shorter.
A Transylvanian Funeral come out of it all with a decent release in “Gorgos Goetia” which should please most fans of old school BM, just don’t expect anything too revolutionary.