Label: Debemur Mori Productions
When it comes to bestial black metal, few bands exemplify the sub-genre better than Archgoat. The Finnish veterans are arguably second only to Blasphemy in setting down the template for all-consuming, heretical black metal, undercut with a hugely sexual (yet far from sexy) urge. Third album The Apocalyptic Triumphator is one of the most notable albums released in the sub-genre over the past few years, in that it demonstrated how to remain utterly true to the sound, without ever risking feeling generic or uninspired.
Part of the success of The Apocalyptic Triumphator is down to how the album is structured; with slower (but hardly slow) songs on the first half of the album, and fast ones towards the end. As such, the first half is about building the blasphemous atmosphere, filled with malice and dread, before unleashing absolute devastation later on. It is an overwhelming listen, and the sound of a band at the height of their powers, casting heretical spells drawn from the very depths of Hell. This is true Satanic majesty, and an album that is utterly triumphant.