When I was in my more formative years as a metalhead, my friend and I would joke about completely over-the-top band names. Goatwhore was always one of the most often-cited band names. It took quite awhile before I actually checked out the band though. The name was a joke and that was all there was to it. Man, I was missing out. I finally checked out Goatwhore soon after moving to start my first job. That was A Haunting Curse and I have never looked back. Goatwhore quickly became one of my favorite bands. I even have a t-shirt that I wear despite the inappropriate name.
That brings us to last week when their latest album was released. Like a good Goatwhore fan, I picked up the album immediately. And I was absolutely blown away. This is a crushing and blistering album of balls-to-the-wall sludgy blackened death metal. Goatwhore has a unique sound that combines the sound of fellow Louisiana bands like Crowbar and Acid Bath with blackened death metal. Which makes sense given that Sammy Duet was in both Crowbar and Acid Bath. The result is a maelstrom of angry vocals and mammoth riffs. Goatwhore is extremely heavy.
The band experimented early on in their career with clean vocals. Those have long since disappeared with the band streamlining their sound. The songs are all blindingly fast and extremely intense. This is not an album for the weak of heart.
Once again, Goatwhore has put out an impressive release. This will definitely be a contender for Album of the Year this year.