Absolutely ripping, powerful black metal that will suit the tastes of any fans of early Antaeus or later Sammath. The prominence of the bass in the mix serves as a welcome break from the traditional BM formula.
This album showcases a knack for storytelling through its use of both lyrics and leitmotifs. If the album art has already grabbed your attention, like it did mine, prepare to have your expectations met, and then surpassed!
While I've long thought the metal ethos could be expressed with piano, rather than the usual bassist + guitarist + drummer + vocalist format, it took until 2013 with the arrival of Goatcraft for this to happen. A sublime work of necro-classical to accompany you on moonlit walks.
Perhaps the only metal band I know of that's gotten better over the course of two decades (Almost three, good lord!). Compare this to "His Majesty at the Swamp" and you'd be hard pressed to say this is the same band! Perhaps the most impressive feat is that while they've managed to make much more complex and rich songs than in their first few releases, they've still managed to keep the aggression and spirit that most metal bands shed with age.