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Goat Horn : Storming the Gates

'Storming the Gates' is the sophomore effort by Goat Horn, notorious the world over as Ontario's Drunkest Band. From thousands of miles away I've heard noxious tales of depravity about these guys getting totalled and playing air instruments to their own songs.

It takes a special kind of musician to do something like that. In fact, "special" seems like a very appropriate word to apply to all three members of this power trio. Special as in: good songwriters, fine musicians, and not least of all Special Olympians. With 'Storming...' the band has taken a quantum leap forward in terms of production and songwriting. Their 2001 effort, 'Voyage to Nowhere', was an engagingly raw piece of work that threw in a diverse laundry list of metal influences to yield Goat Horn's unique blend of humour and sincere metal love. They've done it again this time, mixing in such elements as early Metallica, Venom, Iron Maiden, Mötorhead, black metal, power metal, and just plain old metal to realize their vision of "Rotten Roll"; their own unique sound. Not to mention the fact that this seems to be a concept album about, yes, storming a castle. Or at least trying to. The main differences between the new disc and 'Voyage...' are that 'Storming...' is much more produced, especially on Jason Decay's verging-on-black-metal vocals, and that the new disc seems less doomy than the first, instead adopting a more power metal approach.

Does it work? For the most part it does. Its clear that, behind all the booze, these guys have done their homework, 'cause they're too enthusiastic about metal not to. The saving grace is that their humour continues to poke through, despite the increase in production values that might bury the personality of a lesser band. Long may it continue! In the meantime, this record is bound to bring them more converts.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Gates of Oppression
2. Rotten Roll
3. To the Cliff
4. Final Sentence/Finally Sentenced
5. Storming In
6. Fortress Doomed
7. The Last Force
8. Re-Animation
9. Fate Strikes

Duration : Approx. 42 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kevin McHugh
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