Von Goat Disappear
4. Dark Forces
6. Sweet Revenge
7. We Dive
It is not an understatement to proclaim that early 2010 was one of the most active years in Black Metal history, similar to the early nineties. With the return of the more than legendary Von ; the solo debut of Von Venien, one of founders of Von ; and finally the release of Septic Illuminations, a beast of an album by Von Goat.
To mark this new age even further in blackness, Von Goat released a new album in June 2011 : Disappear. Imagine that, the return of Von and the release of one of the best Black Metal materials since Satanic Blood.
Review of Von Goat – Disappear
The history and events surrounding the legendary Black Metal band Von are, to say the least, intriguing and complex.
After the departure of the bassist Venien in 1990, the future of the band was uncertain. Yet Goat, Snake and later Kill were to release in 1992 what was to become the most influential Black Metal album of all times : Satanic Blood.
Since the reforming of Von in early 2010, two solo projects have emerged from the hands of the very founders of Von : Von Goat and Von Venien. These new projects have offered several releases of great quality, yet none rivaling with the 1992 landmark album. None except one.
Disappear sounds nothing like anything previously encountered in the Black Metal scene. With the return of Goat and the arrival of Blood, many would have assumed that they were likely to return to their roots deep in the second wave of Black Metal, wave they themselves founded.
In reality, Disappear marks a clear departure from anything Von Goat, or any other band, has ever attempted.
Musically, the whole album is pure ritualistic blasphemy. It sounds like Satanic Blood being passed through a meat grinder.
This is not a trendy second wave hippie album that you can headbang to, Disappear is a cold, mechanical and malevolent ride through the devastated abyss of hell. Having nothing to do with the trendy “ice and frostbitten” work, Disappear has an atmosphere of its own.
Beyond the raw and atmospheric aspect of the album, it is very technical and challenging.
Goat’s guitar work is absolutely brilliant, producing cold melodies and subterranean riffs to interact with a brutal and very tribal atmosphere.
The drumming of Blood is as always, utterly beast-like. Not only as fast as imaginable for an extreme metal drummer, but also far more creative, Blood at the image of this album surpassed anything ever attempted in Black Metal.
Last, but by no means least, comes the vocals by Goat. Once again, his vocals sound nothing like what he delivered on Satanic Blood, nor like anything around today.
Disappear final score : 91 / 100.