- Void Meditation Cult - Hellvetron - Obeisance - Nocturnal Fear
- Prosanctus Inferi - Satanik Goat Ritual - Perversion
the first CATHEDRAL OF THE BLACK GOAT festival was painful.
When the second ritual was announced, I was not going to miss a
chance to witness eight of the most Satanic bands the United States
could produce. So much darkness squeezed into one small club was
not going to be easy and the earlier you arrived the better your
chance to get in the door. It was no surprise that worshippers of
the goat came out in droves to show their undying support for the
fest. Chicago is known for a die hard cult metal following. Being
centrally located in the Midwest, many of us traveled quite a few
hours to be encompassed by the music and atmosphere these bands
off the fest was Detroit’s :: PERVERSION
:: They had more of an old school thrash/death type of
style. Their music surly amped up the crowd and got the night off
to a blasphemous start.
GOAT RITUAL :: then entered the stage. With camouflage
and gas masks I didn’t know what to expect. Their music was
brutally aggressive in the name of Satan. With a performance hitting
you like a kick with a steel toed boot to the face. It was a real
surprise when a guest vocalist in the form of Impurath from Black
Witchery joined SATANIK GOAT RITUAL onstage for a few songs.
This really seemed to excite everyone and the camera flashes began
looking like strobe lights.
their set, it was time for Columbus Ohio’s ::
INFERI :: Although their blackened death metal was
rather good, I really wasn’t impressed with the vocalist of
this band, his growls seemed a bit of a struggle for him. However,
what was lacking there was sure made up for by impressive guitar
work. This power trio were a treat to watch just for the crazy riffs
and musicianship. Head banging furiously ensued and after every
song the vocalist ended it with a strained “rahhhh!”
up was :: NOCTURNAL
FEAR :: from Detroit, Michigan. This militia style
Satanic group created a complete uproar. So much hate poured from
this band it was unbelievable. Blood was flying as one crazy fan
decided to beat himself in the face until the blood trickled from
his nose and ran all over his fist. This was about the time the
club filled to capacity and things got a little rough. It was time
to retreat for a while and grab a cold one.
to metal socializing I missed all of ::
:: performance. Now that I felt recharged I wanted to
witness El Paso Texas’ :: HELLVETRON
:: Finally, it was time for corpse paint and black robes
to appear. HELLVETRON absolutely crushed with their heavy
doomed out black metal. Although a trio, you could tell the bass
player was new to the band. He seemed to look over at the guitarist
for clues every now and then, other times he seemed to be in a trance.
He also delivered some very cool higher pitched screams. This was
also amusing due to the fact that he would reach up every time as
if pulling the vocals out of the air. Though their performance was
short, it was quite intense and put the crowd into a hellish coma.
The final two bands were the climax of the show.
time had come for the ritual of :: VOID
MEDITATION CULT :: This band is also from Ohio and
rarely plays live. Identities totally hidden. All five members were
fully cloaked in black robes. Their delivery sounded heavy and evil
as fuck. There is no denying the power that radiated from this band.
I was suddenly aware that there were other forces at work in the
room as they played. The feeling got rather scary and thrilling
all at the same time. In awe and admiration the crowd fed off this
dark energy as it swirled about. VOID MEDITATION CULT produced
an absolutely stunning ritual that I can‘t get out of my head.
there is no better way to end the CATHEDRAL OF THE BLACK GOAT
than with :: TERATISM
:: This band from both Minnesota and Texas has quite
a cult following and it just wouldn’t have been worth it without
them there. A burnt bible and skulls were a precursor as they materialized
onstage in black robes with incense and candles lit. As they unleashed
their first song a rabid fan appeared upfront and began cutting
himself. It was fucking insane. As he bled for Satan the music and
atmosphere really intensified and took on a malicious tone. It felt
like a gateway to hell opened, as others joined in the bloodshed.
TERATISM fed from this exorbitant energy and exchanged transfers
with the audience. Gilles De Rais is the fucking bass master. With
his six string fretless bass he was hitting notes I’ve never
heard before. Truly mind blowing to watch him play that thing. V.
Wrath’s vocals were demonic as fuck. The guitars sounded insatiably
evil and the drums were dead on. No other band comes close to the
league that they are in. Out of the five times I’ve witnessed
TERATISM, this ritual was one of their most astonishing yet.
With the festivities drawing to a close around 2am, things began
to wind down and everyone was kicked out of the bar. I certainly
hope that the CATHEDRAL OF THE BLACK GOAT III can live up
to what was commenced here tonight.