Captain...... CAVEMAN....... (Is there anybody who still knows that cartoon), that's what entered my mind when I read the description of the genre from the record company about their style: 'Contemporary Primal Caveman Death', who makes up such a term? You have to do something to stick out in the overwhelmed scene, I guess.
Goat the Head (what's in a name) hails from Norway and plays a form of death metal. Norway is more known for its black-metal bands and not for their death metal ones. That's why I think that this band has to be able to become one of the best known Norwegian death metal acts. 'Doppelgangers' is their second full-length release and I have to confess that I don't know their debut, so I stick to this album.
The music is not new and a lot of things and riffs we have heard before, but that is no problem at all. You can happily shake your head to it and you don't have to listen very close to figure all the arrangements out. Just plain, easy and decent death metal. Vocalist Per Spjotvold has a voice you will love or hate. It reminded me of Jan Chris de Koeier (Gorefest) and Chris Barnes. The lyrics are understandable, despite the hoarse and deep aggressive singing style. Most of the songs have the same logical construction, so there is no virtuoso and complex music making.
For fans of straight forward no nonsense death metal! The album was mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen, just for the record.