Ghoulgotha are a band from San Diego, California that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of death and doom metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "To Starve the Cross" which will be released in June by Dark Descent Records.
Horror move samples start off the album before adding in melodic guitar leads which also takes the music into a heavier direction along with some death metal growls and the music is also very heavily rooted in the 90's and also brings in a great amount of doom metal elements and the riffs also use a great amount of melody.
When the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and the songs bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while screams can also be heard in certain sections of the recording and the songs sound like they could of easily been recorded and released more than 20 years ago.
A few of the tracks are very long and epic in length and one track also brings in a brief use of clean playing and also mixes it in with the heavier riffing and some of t he fast riffs also use a small amount of tremolo picking and a couple of later songs also brings in a small amount of classical guitars and atmospheric synths.
Ghoulgotha remain true to the old school mixture of doom and death metal of previous recordings, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover death, darkness and abstract themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Ghoulgotha and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "A Village Of Flickering Torches" "Abyssic Eyes" "Visceral Eyes" and "Holy Book Scribed by Wolves". 8 out of 10.