Goliathan is a decently named metal extravaganza and what better way than with a Latin name and a mythic history narrative for doom metal. After all, most sludge bands pay homage to the darkness of politics rather than suffering for suffering only. Either that, or they cross deftly into stoner rock as instrumental bands, and Goliathan is an instrumental group for now.
What can really be said of a sludge instrumental band beyond being “trippy”? Well, for starters, Goliathan is still dark, and sounds like a band for vocals. Whether they are or not, the Albion EP is filled with emotional dark and drum fills worthy of any stadium, metal or otherwise. “Vaalbara” is easily the best song here and it breaks from the mold of heavy guitar intros to use a plethora of solos and bass dancing, an instrumental chanting over said drum fills.
It can be seen why “Albion” was the lead single, as the loud and catchy thunder of the guitar jabs are really good, and for doom metal standards, creative, just not on the level of “Vaalbara”. Lastly on this very short EP, “Aberration” actually opens just as strongly with the others rhythmically and solo wise, the piercing notes echoing throughout, but a little less dominantly. For the first time digital versions of solid sludge, dirt, and night or knighthood all around for the Albion EP are available, with vinyl on May 29th.
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