A Transylvanian Funeral – Gorgos Goetia (Forbidden Records)

Pure USBM: old and cold!
Release Date: 
20 Mar 2013 - 1:30pm

A Transylvanian Funeral is a band so obscure that is difficult to find its old works, apart from on the internet. It’s a one-man-band owned by a pal called Sleepwalker.

So far so good. But this is not an ordinary band, at least in the current lost black metal scenario.

Mr. Sleepwalker likes to maintain his sound pure, kvlt and grim, of course. Even if the sound is nothing new, even if the drum fills are out of tempo, even if the riffs are repeated to death, that’s exactly the deal. The man knows how to transform his inabilities into qualities and he generated an opus so obscure that I can’t help but think I’m lost somewhere in the 1990’s

Forget all the bullshit you heard about Cascadian black metal, Third Wave of black metal, shoegaze,bedroom depressive black metal with electronic drums. A Transylvanian Funeral ignores all the labels, he just does what Satan ordered him to do: self-mortification music which will never appeal to the masses. In the last century we used to call it ART. 

The sound resembles a lot of bands like Manitu, Black Funeral, Judas Iscariot, Misantropical Painforest and old Inquisition. He opted (as aforementioned) to use a real drum set instead of an electronic one, and  Gorgos Goetia clocks at 74 minutes of pure misanthropic music.

There’s no good production, everything is raw, primitive and fetid and I wonder where are the die-hards who used to listen ONLY to this kind of sound back in the day.

Moreover, A Transylvanian Funeral is a band that proves that in the modern days of mega-produced sounds, and über-crap boredom of bedroom bands, there’s still a place for something made with modesty and dedication to the cause of truest black metal. Gorgos Goetia is a cathartic experience and it will renew the faith of the oldies in the black metal again. Fucking perfect. 

PS: You can listen to the entire opus on Forbidden records Bandcamp page: http://forbiddenrecords.bandcamp.com/album/gorgos-goetia