The Black Dahlia Murder to Goat: “Go Away, Goat! Shoo!”
Today in “Academic Facts I Learned from Metal”: the phrase “goat of departure” — which just so happens to be the title of the new song from The Black Dahlia Murder — refers neither to a goat from which one departs, nor a goat of which one wishes to rid themselves. Rather, it’s a Biblical reference:
“And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.” -Leviticus, 16:22
To that end, it is wholly appropriate that part of the song features a gang chant of “SIX! SIX! SIX!” This seems like it might be the most clichéd lyrical concept in all of metal, and yet The Black Dahlia Murder have made it AWESOME. No joking, I can’t wait to scream that shit out the next time BDM come to town and play this tune live.
Check out “Goat of Departure” here. The Black Dahlia Murder’s new album, Everblack, comes out June 11 on Metal Blade.