Necrolytic Goat Converter - Isolated Evolution - (9/10)
Published on August 29, 2017
Genre:Depressive Black / Death
Surprising and Rewarding
Just barely a year old, the New York solo project Necrolytic Goat Converter may not have the best band name on the planet, but the music more than speaks for itself. Being an output for Chris Voss, the project focuses more on the slower side of black metal, hitting the DSBM side of things very often, but is not afraid to speed things up and get a little more aggressive when needed. Despite the short life of this project, Chris already has a demo, a split and now a full-length under this moniker. Being released independently, the sound on this debut, entitled Isolated Evolution, is clear and crisp, with some incredibly written songs that make you come back for more.
From the opening track, you are taken into the darker world of Chris’ mind, with the mid paced guitar riffs creating dark imagery, while the anguished vocals carry the sadness you would expect perfectly. The drum work is also great, keeping a consistent groove to the music, but being able to change quickly between a faster second wave black metal blast to a doomier and slower section to increase the sorrow. While each track does flow seamlessly into one another, they also manage to stand out from one another, especially the final track on the album. Featuring some beautiful clean vocals, and coming across a bit more shoegazing at times than the remainder of the release, the last track can be seen as a major standout moment on this already great album. It can make the listener be taken aback on an initial listen, but repeated spins show that the choice fits wonderfully with the rest of the album, and shows that the project is not a one-trick pony by any means.
The overall mixing and production is great here, with there being plenty of clarity to the instruments and the nothing drowns out any other performance, but this is not a crystal clear or overly computerized release either. Isolated Evolution still has a nice raw take to it, especially in the vocals, that come across as melancholic, but passionate and intense. The vocal performance itself is a highlight for sure, not just for the surprising variety at the end, but just a very convincing performance throughout.
Furthering the idea that Necrolytic Goat Converter is not without some variety, the first three tracks alone stand out as each being able to showcase different aspects of the bands’ sound, while still sounding like they belong to the same project. Whereas the opener would lean more toward the DSBM tag, the following two tracks feel more like they’d belong on a second wave black metal album or even perhaps a later era Forgotten Tomb respectively. While the sound does change a bit here and there, NGC has its own distinct way of putting it all together and each sound if done with some excellent results.
Isolated Evolution is not an album that will likely be getting a lot of press due to its independent release, there is so much to enjoy here for various fans of black metal. Even if just for a track or two, there should be something anyone can enjoy. While the album as a whole is consistent and should be enjoyed in its entirety, there’s no denying there are plenty of single stand out tracks that are worthy of a listen. Coming from seemingly nowhere, Necrolytic Goat Converter makes one hell of a first impression.