Inspired by classic American Death Metal acts like Deicide and Cannibal Corpse with an evil tongue-in-cheek sense of humour Thirteen Goats are preparing to drive the World into chaos with their 1st July releasing debut album “Servants of the Outer Dark”. The first single from the nine track affair is “Return to Ruin”, which drives down the darkness with the sharpened blade while the rest of the record is said to be a tour de force of Metal subgenres from Tech Death to Thrash and even Grindcore. Pre-orders are available over at bandcamp.
Vocalist and guitarist Graham K. Miles explains in detail: “Return to Ruin came from a place of deep anger with a number of institutions and systems that I feel are failing the current generation—predominantly governments and large corporations that are waging war, both literally and economically, against everyday people around the world. From the widespread mismanagement of a global pandemic to increasing wealth inequality, an ongoing environmental crisis, a rising tide of political extremism, and now a new Cold War with Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, we are living in the midst of extremely dark times—and the people who are supposed to shepherd us through them seem to be leading us to the slaughterhouse instead of towards greener pastures.
“All of the current live band members have roots in Eastern Europe—we have one Ukrainian (me), two Russians, and an Armenian. But all of us are against the war and against people who use power unjustly. This song is intended to be a call to arms—a protest anthem that invites listeners to question authority figures and the systems they’ve set up, and to burn those systems down if they’re not working so we can start over with something better. Like we say in the lyrics: “Sacrifice the ones you’re serving; ask yourself what they’re preserving.”