With Lucem Ferre the Swedish band Year Of The Goat is making the first step into the limelight. Some might know singer and guitarist Thomas Eriksson and drummer Fredrik Hellerström from Grifteg&ating;rd, but here they present something different! Year Of The Goat is based in 60's / 70's occult rock. With Of Darkness they lead you into Lucem Ferre, an enchanting rock tune. Of Darkness is heavy, but with a light feel. With 3 guitarists you can surely create something quite unique, but at the end of the day it's the 'singing guitar' which is giving this track the special something.
With Vermillion Clouds they take you onto a sonic journey. The track is more then 8 minutes long and so a long instrumental passage is opening this one. Heavy riffs meet melancholy vocals, but then they speed up a bit and the song's atmosphere changes... The lead guitar is bringing light into the darkness - and so this is spot on, coz 'lucem ferre' means e.g. bringer of light.
With The Dark Lord they have recorded a cover of the Sam Gopal tune, but I confess, I don't know the original - even if it was sung by Lemmy. Eriksson's vocals sound a bit like Muse... If you can imagine Matthew Bellamy singing a heavy rock tune with psychedelic / occult elements, then you have an idea what to expect.
Last, but not least the instrumental title track. Lucem Ferre is the shortest track of this EP - btw, there is a vinyl edition available - and it shows another facet of the band's sound. Somehow I wish they would have continued the instrumental journey, the song seems unfinished...
Anyway, the first 2 tracks are brilliant, the cover is cool and the instrumental is promising, so I hope we don't have to wait for too long for a full-length album - and a tour!