Blackened Death Thrash
Released October 7th 2022
L Ben Falgoust II – Vocals
Sammy Pierre Duet – Guitars/Vocals
Trans Am – Bass
Zack Simmons – Drums
1 – Invocation 3
2 – Born Of Satan’s Flesh
3 – The Bestowal Of Abomination
4 – Angels Hung From The Arches Of Heaven
5 – Death From Above
6 – Ruinous Liturgy
7 – Victory Is The Lightning Of Destruction
8 – Voracious Blood Fixation
9 – The Devils Warlords
10 – Weight Of A Soulless Heart
11 – Nihil
12 – And I Was Delivered From The World Of Perdition
Steaming out of the hellish underground of New Orleans we welcome back Goatwhore with a slamming brutal release five years after their last effort, and boy is worth the wait. Starting with ‘Invocation 3’ a brief instrumental that leads to the utter devastation of ‘Born Of Satan’s Flesh’ we get the real deal. It’s sharp, nasty, angry proper heavy with two types of vicious vocals from Falgoust and Duet. ‘The Bestowal Of Abomination’ keeps the pace up with Zack Simmons displaying Olympic-sized energy on his drums. The title track is an epic piece of the blackest death metal that bounces around on brutal riffs before the thrashtastic ‘Death From Above’ and ‘Ruinous Liturgy’ then things come down a bit on the groovy ‘Victory Is The Lightning Of Destruction’.
‘Voracious Blood Fixation’ rattles along at a fair old clip with a gripping riff and melodic solo before the rabid death metal of ‘The Devils Warlords’. ‘Weight Of A Soulless Heart’ is slower and atmospheric then ‘Nihil’ brings the pace up again on absolute banger – evil and vicious and perfect to start a pit. The final number ‘And I Was Delivered From The World Of Perdition’ is another epic that gradually builds on a doomy atmospheric groove and you know it will burst open and it does with a minute and a half to go.
Wow! Gone is the soupy mix of previous records, the sounds on this are razor-sharp and in your face thanks to producer Kurt Balou. Duet’s riffs hack and slash and his lead breaks are white hot, the drums just pummel you into submission and the vocals make their point. An extreme metal fan’s dream all rolled into one. Fabulous stuff.
Reviewed by: Smudge
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