Swedish occult rock masters Year Of The Goat will inevitably put a spell on you with the arcane grooves and an eloquent exploration of the seven deadly sins on the latest majestic opus “Novis Orbis Terrarum Ordinis”.
The dark journey begins with the bewitching retro vibes of “Subortus” which perfectly balances nostalgic guitar melodies and monumental doom tinged riffs resulting in a groovy instrumental ensemble that also showcases a major dramatic depth due to the presence of solemn vocals.
The ‘70s rock vibes of “Luxuria” lead to entertaining rounds of groovy guitar riffs in fact the consequent irresistible rhythmic force makes you want to jump & dance while the guitar soloing channels a satisfying melodic melancholia.
On “Ira” the elaborate guitar work is destined to steal the spotlight crafting several elegant solos and a multitude of fascinating melodies that flow like a dream evoking an absolutely intense nostalgia accompanied by a particularly heartfelt vocal delivery while later the rhythmic section will concoct plenty of heavier & sinister grooves.
“Invidia” goes straight to a groovy galore with a super catchy chorus and electrifying guitar riffs so this is probably the most accessible song on the album even when the softer melodies convey a spellbinding darker mood.
With a theatrical approach “Subicio” is a massive lengthy track that feels like it could go on forever channeling sheer melancholy with an overdose of exquisite guitar leads that constantly enhance the dramatic aspects while vocals also have the power to express so many wistful feelings yet the final part acquires a compelling mixture of epic and esoteric atmospheres.
The occult spirit of “Novis Orbis Terrarum Ordinis” is palpable in every song yet Year Of The Goat often manage to step out of such obscure sonic realm to successfully create catchy music and delightful melodic tapestries that any listener could truly appreciate.