25th March 2015 – Self-released
01. Flight Of The Deviants
02. Feral King
05. Sanguine Path
Brighton’s King Goat are a doom band like no other. Their willingness to think outside the box and create meaningful melodies that go beyond the generic formatting of their contemporaries made them ones to watch when their self-titled EP came out in early 2014. Fast forward two years and they’re back with their long-awaited full length Conduit.
And this full length is exactly that: full. The five tracks expand over 40+ minutes into a vast galaxy of overlapping styles and textures. From the sublimely hazy and crushingly bluesy opening track “Flight Of The Deviants“, vocalist Trim oozes love all over these songs. His Åkerfeldt-esque vocal soars over the low and tumbling rhythm sections whilst his rougher growls bring the two together. “Feral King” is a darker still; an all-encapsulating fog swallows all in a vortex of swirling riffs and drum blasts.
It’s with “Revenants” that they truly come into their own, however. This nine-minute epic is a crash-course in everything King Goat; their masterful riffs come both thick and fast, but also slow and melodic. The varying vocal styles are carried by a tight and ethereal rhythm section that breathes a freshness into meandering passages that would otherwise feel repetitive. Everything about this composition feels both sharp and immediate but warm and welcoming in equal measure.
Conduit isn’t without its aggressive sections however; final track “Sanguine Path” wades completely carefree into the sludgy underbelly for a final hurrah. It’s slow and unrelenting, but it’s also fast and abrasive just to balance itself out. Never settling on just one angle, the multi-faceted aural attack is both intense and expansive. Whilst most bands claim to be progressive never actually progress, King Goat are bucking the trend set by their contemporaries by you know, actively progressing.
Which is great, because doom never feels like it does: its been relatively unchanged since the 80s and its evolution, much like its style, has been slow. King Goat have managed to break free of that pattern and carve themselves a niche within a niche that they can make undoubtedly their own. King Goat bring a unique progression to a well trodden genre by allowing themselves to grow organically, achieved by a spectacular level of songwriting on Conduit.