Shub Niggurath is a deity from H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, and is referred as “The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young” and is mentioned in several of his works. (For example The Whisperer in Darkness, which you should read!) Shub Niggurath is also the name of a French avant-garde, prog-rock, zeuhl band. If you have not sunken as far into the obscure and inescapable hole of weird music as I, zeuhl is a genre of music, created by a band called Magma. They were, and still are, a sort of avant-garde prog-rock band, that didn’t just settle with creating a whole new genre of music , but even created a new language that they sing on all their albums. It sounds a bit like gibberish French/German. Zeuhl often blends the styles of progressive-rock, symphonic-rock, martial and various instruments, keyboards often, to create some far-out, spaced bits, in between the symphonic-prog-rock and sudden dashes of improv.
As established, Shub Niggurath is a quite weird progressive rock band, with heavy symphonic, almost operatic, focus. The styles are well blended together and I wouldn’t be suprised if there are a opera version of the album. The singing and grandiose melodies are all epic and fantastical, while the more slow and methodical progressive song structuring hint at something dwelling, sinister and alien, behind the music. This is an album that should be played at night in a candlelit room, while an evil and macabre rite that leaves all the participants insane.
Only the bravest souls should invoke the works of Shub Niggurath and only the truly insane and foolhardy minds should ever consider listening to Shub Niggurath’s Testament!
Iä! Iä! Shub-Niggurath! The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young!
I. Incipit Tragaedia
II. Cabine 67
III. Yog Sothoth
IIII. La Ballade De Lenore
V. Delear Prius
VI. J’ai Vu Naguère En Peinture Les Harpies Ravissant Le Repas De Phynée