Released: 2014, Metal Blade Records
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