Label: Napalm Records
Anyone who is into the occult rock has definitely heard of the name Year of the Goat by now. Hailing from Sweden, the occult rock masters were formed in 2006, and slowly made their way into the scene. After four years of the release of “The Unspeakable”, they are back with the much anticipated brand new album “Novis Orbis Terrarum Ordinis”.
With “Novis Orbis Terrarum Ordinis”, the band takes us to new dimensions with their steady and progressive sound. As with the previous releases, the main themes are evolved around the darkness and the chaos whereas soundwise, the occult rock influenced by the 60s/70s is on the focus. So with the first spins, the record will feel retro but also refreshing. The pace, in general, is also quite dynamic and fast with the exception of “Ira” and the longest track “Subicio” so the listeners will feel that nice contrast of the ‘joyful’ tunes and the sinister atmosphere that is hidden well here and there.
When we talk about occult rock, I am sure that some tunes or riffs might sound familiar but I personally love how the band interprets their style; each song feels different and will take you to different places. That being said, this might not be a record that you instantly feel in love with but with each listen, you might discover some hidden catchy riff or melodies in the background, each song offering a new layer. So, depending on whether you like your occult rock more direct or more progressive, “Novis Orbis Terrarum Ordinis” will instantly click with you or it will take a while. Either way, this one is a must-have for the lovers of 60s/70s sound and occult rock. Get it!
- Thomas Sabbathi – vocals, guitar
- Jonas Mattsson – guitar
- Linus Lundgren – guitar
- Daniel Melo – drums
- Joona Hassinen – bass
- Pope – mellotron, vocals