Partially atoned and to some extent ready to face life's challenges, it is only appropriate for me to begin the new chapter in world's history with self-professed “no-frills black metal meets death & roll” masters from New Orleans, Louisiana, GOATWHORE. ‘Death To The Architects Of Heaven’ comes off GOATWHORE's latest album, ‘Blood For The Master’, recorded in St. Petersburg, Florida at Mana Studios with producer Erik Rutan and released through Metal Blade Records in February 2012. The album debuted on Billboard's Top 200 at number 171 and sold over 3,100 copies in its first week. Listen to the opening track, ‘Collapse In Eternal Worth’, via player available below, watch ‘When Steel And Bone Meet’ video, filmed with MyGoodEye's David Brodsky below and buy the album here (Metal Blade):
“With their fifth album, ‘Blood For The Master’, GOATWHORE do just that [“doing the classics incredibly well” opposite to “exploring bold new sonic waters”] delivering another album of relentless and refined blackened death metal that speaks volumes about the band's level of craftsmanship. Every element of the album is airtight, and it’s from this highly fortified position that the band are able to launch and all-out metal assault, digging into their arsenal of thrash, death, and black metal riffage to destroy the eardrums of anyone they come across,” [commented Gregory Heaney, AllMusic – read the rest here]
“One the most diligent and consistently ferocious bands of the 21st century” was formed by ex-ACID BATH and CROWBAR (click) guitarist Sammy Duet in 1997. Duet, vocalist Ben Falgoust, guitarist Ben Stout, bassist Patrick Bruders and drummer Zak Nolan began their bestial journey with the ‘Serenades To The Tides Of Blood’ demo, followed by proper album ‘The Eclipse Of Ages Into Black’ in 2000. “By 2003,” explains the group's bio, “GOATWHORE had systematically harvested a legion of followers possessed by the band's profound maze of unhallowed lyrics, CELTIC FROST-ian rhythms, and blackened bayou swagger”. In 2003 ‘Funeral Dirge For The Rotting Sun’, the band's second bloodfeast, was issued. 2006's ‘A Haunting Curse’ was GOATWHORE's first on Metal Blade Records; “ ‘A Haunting Curse’ found the revised GOATWHORE lineup of Duet, Falgoust, drummer Zack Simmons and bassist Nathan Bergeron, fleeing the debilitating floods of Hurricane Katrina. Delayed but undeterred, the album proved their most volatile yet.”
“GOATWHORE has a much nastier, harsher, more primal vision of black metal - one that is mindful of the rawness of early black metal and remembers its punk, thrash, and hardcore roots. Don’t expect any sweet, lilting melodies on ‘A Haunting Curse’; this is caustic stuff, and GOATWHORE takes pleasure in going for the jugular,” [wrote Alex Henderson, AllMusic – read the rest here]
GOATWHORE's fourth record broke Billboard Top 200 ranking in at number 190, and the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart at number 34. Once again produced by the band's longtime friend Erik Rutan, 2009's ‘Carving Out The Eyes Of God’ was met by much critical praise.
GOATWHORE features: Sammy Duet – guitar and vocals, Louis Benjamin Falgoust II – vocals, Zack Simmons – drums and James Harvey – bass