Goat Of Mendes are a band from Germany that plays a mixture of black, pagan, folk, death, doom, thrash and heavy metal with a musical style they refer to as 'Wiccan Metal' and this is a review of their 2017 album "Hagzussa - Riding The Fence" which was released by Witches Brew.
Nature sounds along with some viking horns start off the album as well as some tribal beats and melodic female chants which also gives the music more of a ritualistic feeling and after the intro melodic guitar leads start to make their presence known on the recording as well as giving the songs more of a traditional feeling.
Vocals are mostly grim black metal screams while also mixing in clean pagan vocals at times and when the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can be heard along with some of the tracks being very long and epic in length, when death metal growls are utilized they give the music more of a demonic atmosphere.
A decent amount of melody can also be heard in the guitar riffing while the slower sections of the songs are very heavily influenced by doom metal along with the songs also bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the music also mixes in a great amount of thrash elements, as the album progresses acoustic guitars and ritualistic spoken word parts can also be heard and touches of folk music are added onto the closing track.
Goat Of Mendes plays a musical style that takes black, pagan, folk, doom, death, thrash and heavy metal and mixes them together to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Wiccan Paganism and Magick themes.
In my pinion Goat Of Mendes are a very great sounding mixture of black, pagan, folk, doom, death, thrash and heavy metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Maiden, Mother ANd Crone" "Samhain (A Visit From The Veil)" and "Mabon (Impending Darkness)". 8/5 out of 10.