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Goatwhore
Constricting Rage of the Merciless
August 2014
Released: 2014, Metal Blade Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Peter Atkinson

It's rather amazing that what began almost 20 years ago as something of a southern fried black metal novelty headed by ex-Acid Bath/Crowbar guitarist Sammy Duet and Soilent Green frontman Louis B. Falgoust II has become one of the U.S. black metal scene's most prominent, proficient and productive bands. Indeed, Goatwhore seems to have supplanted Soilent as Falgoust's primary band, as Soilent hasn't issued anything new since 2008 with guitarist Brian Patton also being busy with Eyehategod.



Constricting Rage of the Merciless, meanwhile, is Goatwhore's sixth full-length and incredibly debuted at #81 on the Billboard Top 200 when it was issued in mid-July, something that not only has the marginally more accessible Soilent never done, but most U.S. black metal bands have never dreamed of. The New Orleans quartet have actually been quite a juggernaut since signing with Metal Blade for 2006's A Haunting Curse and teaming with Hate Eternal mainman Erik Rutan as producer, with Rage marking the team's fourth effort together.



As such, Merciless builds on what has come before it and makes it that much better by a matter of degrees. Goatwhore developed a signature sound – even if it still borrows from the Celtic Frost bag of tricks – early on, and have been honing it ever since. So you won't find any radical departures or daring experiments on Rage, save perhaps for the dirge-like first two-thirds of “Cold Earth Consumed in Dying Flesh,” but you will get a vicious death/black metal stew with loads of menacing riffs, hurtling grooves and Falgoust's snarling vocals.



If anything, Merciless is the band's most effortlessly catchy album. Groove has always been a big part of their repertoire, with the loping hooks and occasional death grunts of Celtic Frost serving as a template. Here, with Duet's jarring guitar and Zack Simmons and James Harvey's galloping rhythms, the groove is almost ever-present, pulling you in the way the usual tremolo-picked screed and blast-beat fury simply cannot.



That's not to say Merciless is short of ferocity. It is savage and sinister, to be sure, but it is also murderously efficient. “Unraveling Paradise” and “FBS” have an almost speed metal/punk-like quality to them from Duet's frantic riffing, Simmons' double-bass salvos and Falgoust's breathless cadence. And with “FBS” being short for “fucked by Satan,” the soul here is just as black as it is everywhere else.
Track Listing

1. Poisonous Existence In Reawakening
2. Unraveling Paradise
3. Baring Teeth For Revolt
4. Reanimated Sacrifice
5. Heaven's Crumbling Walls Of Pity
6. Cold Earth Consumed In Dying Flesh
7. FBS
8. Nocturnal Conjuration Of The Accursed
9. Schadenfreude
10. Externalize This Hidden Savagery

Lineup

Louis B. Falgoust II - vocals
Sammy Duet - guitars, vocals
Zack Simmons - drums
James Harvey – bass


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Goatwhore
Constricting Rage of the Merciless
August 2014
Released: 2014, Metal Blade Records
Rating: 2.0/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Sixteen years ago, GOATWHORE reared through from the swamplands of New Orleans, a city rife with legend of witchcraft, voodoo and Mardi Gras spookiness. Their legacy has been formed in not only great records, but also in traumatic times, paranormal activity, and at times the band’s own blood. Whatever keeps GOATHORE going through hard times, it has cleary worked, as the band is one of the 21st century’s mainstays in the black and death metal world. 2012’s Blood For The Master was a breakthrough and an excellent album, giving the band a lot to live up to with Contricting Rage Of The Merciless, but with audio magus Erik Rutan at the helm of the studio, the band has no excuse to not produce quality.



The guitar sound is crunchy, the drums are pummelling and the vocals are bitter and angry, so the stage is set for “Poisonous Existence in Reawakening.” Under four minutes, the band leaves no room for false first impressions. This album is unmistabely GOATWHORE, with no-nononse and heaps of brutality. Unfortunately however, all these great ingredients struggle to pull together to create an awesome song or even a killer riff for quite a few tracks. “Baring Teeth for Revolt” is somewhat of a saviour track, with a dirty rock n roll feel which perks the listeners interest back up.



Although it feels like a insult to say, the melancholic keys and whining strings that serve as an intro to “Cold Earth Consumed in Dying Flesh” are possibly the highlight of the entire record. It breaks the monotony which continues again soon after the slower, heavy parts of the track. Although “FBS” kicks back with a decent riff, it just isn’t on par with what we heard on previous album Blood For The Master. It’s impossible to deny that GOATWHORE could have done better.



Although few tracks break the four minute mark, this whole record just comes off as so tiresome, it feels like these are the songs that should have been turned down for the album, not the ones that made the cut! It’s a very simple problem- the song writing is far too weak, and the majority of these riffs are akin to what even sixth-from metal band would reject. Even GOATWHORE die-hards should die-hards would be best just paying for a download of the best few tracks, and casting the rest of this disappointing album aside.



Review by Jarod Lawley
Track Listing

1. Poisonous Existence in Reawakening
2. Unraveling Paradise
3. Baring Teeth for Revolt
4. Reanimated Sacrifice
5. Heaven's Crumbling Walls of Pity
6. Cold Earth Consumed in Dying Flesh
7. FBS
8. Nocturnal Conjuration of the Accursed
9. Schadenfreude
10. Externalize This Hidden Savagery

Lineup

Louis B. Falgoust II: Vocals
Sammy Duet: Guitars, Vocals
Zack Simmons: Drums
James Harvey: Bass


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