The Minnesota band Taking the Head of Goliath traces their roots all the way back to 2015 and basically is the story of a collection of bands breaking up and members of those bands getting together and looking for bass player, which brought in Luke Renno from Crimson Thorn. The band quickly gained attention, playing their first show on the For Today farewell tour, which also featured Norma Jean. The band’s debut show was also released as an ep earlier on Noisetrade and their self-titled ep is their debut after signing to Rottweiler Records. On the self-titled ep, Matthew Mark Vangsgard laid the drum tracks but he has since left the band and been replaced by Steve Reishus (ex-Crimson Thorn). For those who can’t easily decipher the lyrics, the band is looking to spread a message of hope, redemption, strength, and courage through Jesus Christ.
Haunting, eerie music builds in the intro track “Of Sin and Death” and then the pounding rhythm of “Oblivious into Oblivion” kicks in with a great guitar fill at the beginning before settling into a double bass driven section supporting a mixture of death growls and shrieks. Guttural vocals rule the day here and the band comes through with punishingly heavy riffs to keep the song moving. For my ears, the closest comparison here would be bands like Broken Flesh and Cannibal Corpse.