Milking The Goatmachine - Back From The Goats... A Goateborg Fairy Tale
30 October 2009

01. March Into Shed
02. A Tale Of Slaughtering
03. Surf Goataragua [Sacred Reich cover]
04. Sour Milk Boogie
05. Goats Got No Clits
06. Rise Of The Wise Goat
07. Bingo Bongo - I Don't Want To Leave The Congo
08. Eaten Blessed Scum
09. Goat Thrower
10. Feed The Goat
11. Wasting Away [Nailbomb cover]
12. The Last Unigoat
13. Born, Lost And Captured
14. Back From The Goats

Anstalt Records
Length: 36:33

A metal band who doesn't take themselves seriously can be a refreshing thing, but a joke that goes stale can be even more off-putting. Apparently a concept album about a goat dumped by his girlfriend turning to his deadly sour milk to reap his revenge. Back From The Goats is original in concept, but not in music.

The album soaked in goat references is a straight grindcore release but not in the normal sense of a fast and aggressive massacre. Milking The Goatmachine however take a more methodical approach, the music is somewhat slow and thick. There is some groove, but not enough to get excited about. Plenty of bass finds itself making an assault on your ears, but it is not overpowering. The production of the album, although crushingly heavy with bass is superb in that the guitars, both guttural and harsh vocals and blastbeasts can all be heard very clearly.

Goat references get old. The band do have fun with Sacred Reich parody "Surf Goataragua", but generally the whole goat thing needs to be ignored in order to enjoy Back From The Goats as a piece of music. Taking it as that, it is a good album but absolutely nothing to write home about. The band sound solid together, but sound best when the morbidly-paced blastbeats come in and force their way inside your head. Milking The Goatmachine could be good, the band has talent, the vocals and blastbeats sound great but there are no songs that even resemble anything catchy.

Fun for one spin, but Back From The Goats unfortunately gets old in all ways. There may be situations where you find yourself craving some goat-related metal, then Milking The Goatmachine will be in their element. We have here perhaps the greatest goatgrind album of all time, but until you feel those urges, we are left with a sub-par grindcore album.

Performance: 7
Songwriting: 4
Originality: 6
Production: 9

Band profile: Milking The Goatmachine
Album: Back From The Goats... A Goateborg Fairy Tale


Written on 05.11.2009 by
Baz Anderson
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Bas - 05.11.2009 at 15:06  
The concept sounds amusing, but unfortunately you're right with the music being nothing special at all. The goat sounds on their myspace are rather annoying too.
GT - 05.11.2009 at 17:03  
Only heard one song from it and saw the accompanying video. Not really my taste in music I'm afraid
Who'sRichard? - 06.11.2009 at 02:18  
The review sums it up just right. Pretty good music, though I think Impaled Nazarene has the monopoly on goat-songs
Valentin B - 09.11.2009 at 16:19  
these guys sound like a funny bunch haha
_HIV_ - 11.11.2009 at 12:56  
I love this album! although the best songs are covers especialy surf goataragua! and abit of differnt cover of one of my favorite bands of all times NAILBOMB!
Tatras - 15.12.2009 at 21:29  
Lol i like it very much!! great album!! "Bingo Bango - I don't want to leave the Congo" that track is so epic
sid - 12.12.2010 at 09:10  
Not truely grind but still fun-grind is self expression -heavy and happy when it needs to be-to be negetive to music of this sort is to be mainstream in thought-open your mind the world is not that small
vezzy - 12.12.2010 at 09:28  
For some reason, I've often thought that these guys are to some extent a Waking The Cadaver parody.
tuerda - 14.05.2011 at 02:33  
I actually enjoyed this album very much. If you listen to grindcore to hear completely crushing ear tearing brutality, then this is probably not your cup of tea. Nonetheless, if you want some grindcore with a sort of mellow backbone and subtle musicality to complement the blastbeats, this is a pretty good choice. I agree that the goat theme in the music is poorly done. It is more annoying than it is funny, but the actual music is solid enough to hold up anyways.

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