Review GOST ‘Rites of Love and Reverence’.

GosT premiered in 2013 with ‘Skull’ and added a few more longplayers to the list of deliveries. The newest record from GosT is entitled ‘Rites of Love and Reverence’. Ten new songs continue a musical trip that covers a lot of dark wave and electronica, mixed with some metal-ish elements. The result is an album that is intense. ‘Rites of Love and Reverence’ needs some time to grow and maybe this isn’t even enough.

One thing right away. If you dig mighty riffs, a pounding rhythm, leather and denim, then you can stop reading here since this longplayer doesn’t build on any of this. Instead, it is oppressive sound collages with dazing sounds what the one-man-project offers. The blend of some wave-like moments that alternate with cold industrial sounds is adding a hypnotical effect to these ten songs. On the one hand it’s fascinating what reaches your ears and on the other hand it is a tough cookie to go through all of these songs in one flow. Too much is happening and it’s a feeling of inner unrest that is created by this kaleidoscope of sounds.

‘Rites of Love and Reverence’ is certainly not a happy-flow album. Darkness and melancholy are the basic vibes on this atmospheric longplayer. If you want to challenge your comfort zone as a metal fan, this is the album you should check out.

Rating: 6 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Bell, Book and Candle (feat. Bitchcraft)
  2. Bound by the Horror
  3. The Fear
  4. A Fleeting Whisper
  5. We are the Crypt
  6. Blessed Be
  7. November is Death (feat. Bitchcraft
  8. Embrace the Blade
  9. Coven
  10. Burning Thyme

Label: Century Media

Genre: Electronica / Wave

Release Date EU: August 14th, 2021

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