Servants of the Outer Dark is the debut record by Vancouver death metal monsters Thirteen Goats—a sonic trip that winds down the most twisted sections of extreme metal’s memory lane on a journey to wicked new horizons. The band weaves together conventions from numerous extreme metal subgenres on songs that range from topical to tongue-in-cheek—some songs have a serious social message, and others are about cooking and eating your enemies. The album title is also a reference to the band’s name—the band’s mascot, Shepherd, is an antichrist figure who wears a goat skull mask, appearing throughout time and space to commit various evil acts with the help of twelve demon goats who function as his disciples. Together, they are Thirteen Goats—and Servants of the Outer Dark…
Continues the band: ” Eclectic, over-the-top, and just a little weird, Thirteen Goats takes cues from some of extreme metal’s most infamous acts (Death, Carcass, Cannibal Corpse) to create a tongue-in-cheek blend of different genre hallmarks that’s as hooky as it is heavy. This ain’t your dad’s death metal, but we kept the best parts. Horns up”.
The band’s new album, Servants of the Outer Dark, is scheduled for a July 1st release; Our own Michael Stronge has been immersing himself in the record and reports back that it is a “churning, maelstromic feast of ‘whirlwind of doom’-styled death metal anthems; tipping it’s hat to the past yet with enough sense of what’s going on in the DM scene today to ensure a bright, if necessarily fetid, future”. Which seems like a pretty good recommendation to us!
Album Band Line Up:
Graham K. Miles – Vocals, Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Rob Fitzgerald – Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Vocals
Mike Redston – Bass, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar