Released: 2009, Metal Blade
Reviewer: Alan Gilkeson
My first meeting with Goatwhore happened about 8 or 9 years ago while they toured with Gwar. We got to talking and switched some dry goods for some merch and went on to have a wild night. I didn't know the music back then, but as time passes, at least musically, Goatwhore continue to be Goatwhore, indefinable and original, solid and individual.
Take a song like, 'In Legions, I am Wars of Wrath', with it's switching between elements of Black Metal to Death Metal and Thrash, yet it doesn't really sound like of any of it, though the riffs are crushing and the slow solo sucks you into the tune like an evil children's lullaby. Goatwhore re-engineers Metal genres into their own style, while remaining clearly blue collar brilliant. Damn, the title track is playing right now, the guitars are amazing.
Just like years back, Goatwhore march to their own drummer, and it's a double bass, elemental, never experimental, but indefinable. I'm big on CARVING OUT THE EYES OF GOD because everything it's supposed to be, it is. But it's so much more. It's the newest of Metal, part of that force of bands leading the genre into the future without forsaking the spirit and energy. Buy this album ASAP!