Hellgoat - End of Man [Boris Records - 2014]Itís tough to find a genuinely terrible, offensively shitty black metal band. Iím actually having a tough time coming up with the last time I heard an album that actually pissed me off due to how awful it was. The vast majority of the time, the worst black metal can get is simply derivative, uneventful, and altogether boring, as is the case on Hellgoatís 7Ē EP End of Man.
The basic premise behind End of Man is simple. What happened is as follows: the members of Hellgoat, tired of the interesting albums put out by other bands recently, took it upon themselves to craft the most inane, mind-numbingly generic piece of black metal of the month. Thatís it. No more. No less.
Thereís literally no reason for this EP to exist.
From the shitty, supposed to be dark and scary intro on ďDemonic Worship of the Horned BeastĒ to the tired riffs weíve heard dozens of times before on albums weíve since forgotten due to their mediocrity, End of Man sucks. I canít think of a single redeeming feature on this EP. Sure, the musicians arenít terrible, but their complete and utter lack of originality is infuriating. Iím somewhat surprised to report that Hellgoat has been active for nearly a decade now. A certain amount of imitation is expected from new bands trying to develop their own sound, but being this unoriginal for so long is inexcusable.
Well, there you go. This is just another example of a band scraping the bottom of the barrel in an embarrassing attempt to create music. I canít think of a single reason to purchase this EP. Itís the kind of shit you can download from dozens of Bandcamps for free. Itís the kind of shit that makes you pissed off that you even listened to it. Tyler L.