This is the spawn of chaos itself. It's sinister. It's madness. Above all else, it is a tempest of unrelenting fury. The album art speaks for itself and this really breaks the typical black-death mold.
Favorite track: Continuously Assaulted by Spirits.
From NOCTURNAL BLOOD mastermind Ghastly Apparition (aka THP-SOH) comes his most intense and personal project yet: THE HAUNTING PRESENCE and their brand-new, self-titled 12" MLP. THE HAUNTING PRESENCE have steadily perfected their churning, coruscating craft over the course of a debut demo, a subsequent EP, a split with MUKNAL, and recently featured on the recent Black Twilight Circle compilation. Now, with The Haunting Presence MLP, the band truly comes into its own, exhibiting a hideous, ghoulish intensity that's far removed from now-typical "bestial metal" cliche whilst utilizing similar rudiments. Throbbing with gutted low-end and grinding string, THE HAUNTING PRESENCE here explode into black-holed oblivion across the record's six sinister tracks, prominently displaying THP-SOH's truly possessed ululations, particularly his now-patented (and quite insane) vocal intros.
For black/death metal that deviates from the standard template, it's not surprising that THP-SOH takes a unique lyrical approach. In his own words, THE HAUNTING PRESENCE "strictly is a representation and demonstration of my paranoia, perversions, madness, psychological understandings, connection with negative feelings/thoughts, the energy being produced through these meditations, sounds and words. These songs and words are more or less representing my meditations, dreams/nightmares - sleep paralysis, lucid, out of body, etc - horror, the supernatural/higher existence, sleep deprivation, fears, and concern for the modern world.
This is Finnish bestial black metal at its most noncompromising, opaque and inaccessible. For nine mercifully short cuts Archgoat subjects listeners to certifiable burly aural abuse, nothing more nothing less. The lines between black and death metal are blurred, the riffs just keep on punching and vocals are bellowed roars, Archgoat are priests presiding at an orgy above their meek, prone victims. Son ov Perdition