Goatwhore Vengeful Ascension

Vengeful Ascension is the seventh album from New Orleans-based extreme metal band Goatwhore. Ten tracks spanning 41 gloriously evil minutes; with elements of black, thrash, death, and even sludge combining to create a swirling maelstrom of bleak turmoil. It’s intense, intricate and involved. Beginning with the almost militant-like “Forsaken”, Lucifer is praised and demons are conjured. Vocalist Louis B. Falgoust II is at the top of his game, delivering a scathing set of lyrics, inspired in part by Milton’s Paradise Lost. “Under The Flesh, Into The Soul” is absolutely bludgeoning in nature, while “Chaos Arcane” overflows with infectious anger.
Recorded on reel-to-reel tape at Earth Analog Studios in Illinois, under the guidance of live soundman Jarrett Pritchard (1349, Gruesome), Vengeful Ascension ends a four-album tradition of Goatwhore working with Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel) at the helm. The result is a studio sound closer to that heard when the band is ripping up stages on tour. Just as he does in concert, guitarist Sammy Duet shreds his way through the ruthless “Mankind Will Have No Mercy”, dominates nefarious riffs in “Decayed Omen Reborn”, and lays down sinister solos on “Those Who Denied God’s Will”. Throughout it all, the rhythm section of drummer Zack Simmons and bassist James Harvey are delectably ominous as they provide the required pummelling. Whether it’s the throbbing of “Where The Sun Is Silent”, or the severity of “Drowned In Grim Rebirth”, these two secure the primitive altar aged in ritual blood.

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Goatwhore Vengeful Ascension

Artist: Goatwhore
Album: Vengeful Ascension
Genre: Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: June 23, 2017

Review:
I first became aware of Goatwhore‘s brand of New Orleans style metal with the album “Carving Out The Eyes Of God”. I quickly became a convert to their style of brutal head banging metal and have been a fan ever since. With their new album “Vengeful Ascension”, Goatwhore is at the top of their game. Starting from the opening track “Forsaken”, the band rip into a raw, metal, buzz saw thrash that will leave you breathless. Darkness has always been a main theme in Goatwhore‘s music and this album is absolutely no exception. Sounding like the apocalypse is nigh, “Vengeful Ascension” is a lyrical Dante’s journey through hell on earth. For anyone that hasn’t heard Goatwhore, think of an overtly demonic, Pantera sent to unleash the prophetic beast of Revelations. Whether or not you agree with their lyrical content is entirely up to the listener. However, this is one great slab of molten metal that the band has delivered. From beginning to end it’s like living through a tornado. It’s one hell of a ride and actually a lot of fun. Louis B. Falgoust II is an incredible singer with a black metal edge that sits nicely with their southern style Death Metal sound. Standout tracks for me are Forsaken, Vengeful Ascension, Mankind Will Have No Mercy and Decayed Omen Reborn. These guys are a great crossover band that traditional metal fans, as well as black metal fans should both equally enjoy. For pure, in your face, metal brutality, Goatwhore‘s Vengeful Ascension simply can’t be beaten.

Track Listing:
01. Forsaken
02. Under the Flesh, Into the Soul
03. Vengeful Ascension
04. Chaos Arcane
05. Where the Sun Is Silent
06. Drowned in Grim Rebirth
07. Abandon Indoctrination
08. Mankind Will Have No Mercy
09. Decayed Omen Reborn
10. Those Who Denied God’s Will

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

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Artist: Goatwhore
Album: Vengeful Ascension
Genre: Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: June 23, 2017

Review:
I first became aware of Goatwhore‘s brand of New Orleans style metal with the album “Carving Out The Eyes Of God”. I quickly became a convert to their style of brutal head banging metal and have been a fan ever since. With their new album “Vengeful Ascension”, Goatwhore is at the top of their game. Starting from the opening track “Forsaken”, the band rip into a raw, metal, buzz saw thrash that will leave you breathless. Darkness has always been a main theme in Goatwhore‘s music and this album is absolutely no exception. Sounding like the apocalypse is nigh, “Vengeful Ascension” is a lyrical Dante’s journey through hell on earth. For anyone that hasn’t heard Goatwhore, think of an overtly demonic, Pantera sent to unleash the prophetic beast of Revelations. Whether or not you agree with their lyrical content is entirely up to the listener. However, this is one great slab of molten metal that the band has delivered. From beginning to end it’s like living through a tornado. It’s one hell of a ride and actually a lot of fun. Louis B. Falgoust II is an incredible singer with a black metal edge that sits nicely with their southern style Death Metal sound. Standout tracks for me are Forsaken, Vengeful Ascension, Mankind Will Have No Mercy and Decayed Omen Reborn. These guys are a great crossover band that traditional metal fans, as well as black metal fans should both equally enjoy. For pure, in your face, metal brutality, Goatwhore‘s Vengeful Ascension simply can’t be beaten.

Track Listing:
01. Forsaken
02. Under the Flesh, Into the Soul
03. Vengeful Ascension
04. Chaos Arcane
05. Where the Sun Is Silent
06. Drowned in Grim Rebirth
07. Abandon Indoctrination
08. Mankind Will Have No Mercy
09. Decayed Omen Reborn
10. Those Who Denied God’s Will

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

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Artist: Goatwhore
Album: Vengeful Ascension
Genre: Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: June 23, 2017

Review:
I first became aware of Goatwhore‘s brand of New Orleans style metal with the album “Carving Out The Eyes Of God”. I quickly became a convert to their style of brutal head banging metal and have been a fan ever since. With their new album “Vengeful Ascension”, Goatwhore is at the top of their game. Starting from the opening track “Forsaken”, the band rip into a raw, metal, buzz saw thrash that will leave you breathless. Darkness has always been a main theme in Goatwhore‘s music and this album is absolutely no exception. Sounding like the apocalypse is nigh, “Vengeful Ascension” is a lyrical Dante’s journey through hell on earth. For anyone that hasn’t heard Goatwhore, think of an overtly demonic, Pantera sent to unleash the prophetic beast of Revelations. Whether or not you agree with their lyrical content is entirely up to the listener. However, this is one great slab of molten metal that the band has delivered. From beginning to end it’s like living through a tornado. It’s one hell of a ride and actually a lot of fun. Louis B. Falgoust II is an incredible singer with a black metal edge that sits nicely with their southern style Death Metal sound. Standout tracks for me are Forsaken, Vengeful Ascension, Mankind Will Have No Mercy and Decayed Omen Reborn. These guys are a great crossover band that traditional metal fans, as well as black metal fans should both equally enjoy. For pure, in your face, metal brutality, Goatwhore‘s Vengeful Ascension simply can’t be beaten.

Track Listing:
01. Forsaken
02. Under the Flesh, Into the Soul
03. Vengeful Ascension
04. Chaos Arcane
05. Where the Sun Is Silent
06. Drowned in Grim Rebirth
07. Abandon Indoctrination
08. Mankind Will Have No Mercy
09. Decayed Omen Reborn
10. Those Who Denied God’s Will

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

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Goatwhore Vengeful Ascension

Artist: Goatwhore
Album: Vengeful Ascension
Genre: Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: June 23, 2017

Track Listing:
01. Forsaken
02. Under the Flesh, Into the Soul
03. Vengeful Ascension
04. Chaos Arcane
05. Where the Sun Is Silent
06. Drowned in Grim Rebirth
07. Abandon Indoctrination
08. Mankind Will Have No Mercy
09. Decayed Omen Reborn
10. Those Who Denied God’s Will

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

“We wanted it raw. We wanted it organic. We wanted it to sound the way we do in the live setting,” relays Goatwhore frontman Ben Falgoust of the band’s latest output, Vengeful Ascension. Their seventh full-length and second recorded reel-to-reel, Vengeful Ascension was captured at Earth Analog in Tolono, Illinois (near Champaign, Illinois) with longtime soundman and comrade Jarrett Pritchard (1349, Gruesome), breaking a four-album tradition of working with Erik Rutan.

“Working with Rutan was awesome. We did some great records with him,” Falgoust is quick to point out.“But you come to a point where you’re like, ‘All right. Let’s try something new.’ It was part of trying to remove ourselves from a comfort zone and a risk thing we needed to take. Plus, we really wanted to hit the essence of where we are live and what better way to harness that than by having our live sound guy involved. Jarrett is knowledgeable with the studio stuff. He also knows how we sound coming out of a PA and we really wanted to get closer to that. Pritchard really focused on that live aspect from every members’ perspective and I think he pushed us out of our personal comfort zones. He really understands our vision.”

The resulting ten-track, forty-one-minute production – mixed by Chris Common (Tribulation, Pelican) and mastered by Maor Applebaum (Faith No More, Halford, Today Is The Day) – marches in, clutches its listeners by the throat and refuses to loosen its grip until the abrupt conclusion of “Those Who Denied God’s Will.” A sonic manifestation of war, chaos, desolation, and emotional conflict, seamlessly bridging twenty years of the band’s signature brand of audio venom, it’s a record that finds its members at their most accomplished both individually and as a cohesive unit. Guitarist Sammy Duet’s dense, sub nuclear riff work and possessed solo blitzes are at their most devastating spiraling flawlessly and instinctually around drummer Zack Simmons’ and bassist James Harvey’s hammering rhythms while Falgoust’s distinctly commanding roar, his acidic prose more enunciated than ever before, complimenting the apocalyptic proceedings.

“I think every song on this record is pretty fucking strong,” the frontman reflects. “Each song is a representation of Goatwhore. from day one until now. It really shows our evolution as a band. I don’t think that this band has reached its peak yet. I mean, I think we’re closer now than ever but we’re still growing; we’re still evolving.”

While hardly a concept record in the traditional sense, Vengeful Ascension loosely revolves itself around Luciferian notions in title and spirit where the symbol of Lucifer serves not as a fiendish, all-destroying demon but rather an emancipator or guiding light. It’s a theme of struggle and transcendence derived from John Milton’s Paradise Lost epic and one that has appeared, whether directly or indirectly, within Goatwhore works of the past.

“There’s that whole idea of Lucifer being the anti-hero,” elaborates Falgoust. “He’s cast out from this place in Heaven to the depths of nothing. He keeps trying to ascend to the top again but no matter what, there’s always this significant force trying to destroy him at any point and banish him back to Hell. If you look at it from an everyday aspect in life, it’s the idea of people, hitting the bottom of the barrel or you know, things just aren’t going right in life… emotion plays a huge part in how people react. Whether it’s based on love or hatred or sadness or whatever, there’s always an aspect of emotion that drives people to an extent. So the whole idea of a ‘Vengeful Ascension’ is built on being at the bottom, working your way to the top, and realizing along the way that there’s other facets to the journey aside from just pure retribution. Within negativity there can exist a positive angle as well.”

Vengeful Ascension serves as the soundtrack to that luciferious rise straight off with the combative, ritualistic drum onslaught of opening hymn, “Forsaken.” Wholly immersive, each track is alarmingly palpable in subject and corresponding execution. The tense, clandestine battery of “Chaos Arcane,” based on HP Lovecraft’s book Nyarlathotep, a story which attempts to recount the inexplicable sense of fear in expectancy of an unknown evil, conveys that sensation of impending doom through sound in a way only Goatwhore can. “Mankind Will Have No Mercy,” a pseudo tribute to Bolt Thrower, seethes under the weight of its own wartime sentiment, while the rapid-fire, punkish urgency of “Under The Flesh, Into The Soul,” a first person account of irrepressible resentment, sounds utterly enraged. “If resentment could speak, that’s it right there,” says Falgoust. “It’s the idea of resentment getting into an individual and just consuming you.” And with an average runtime of just four minutes, no one song ever overstays its welcome.

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Artist: Goatwhore
Album: Vengeful Ascension
Genre: Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: June 23, 2017

Track Listing:
01. Forsaken
02. Under the Flesh, Into the Soul
03. Vengeful Ascension
04. Chaos Arcane
05. Where the Sun Is Silent
06. Drowned in Grim Rebirth
07. Abandon Indoctrination
08. Mankind Will Have No Mercy
09. Decayed Omen Reborn
10. Those Who Denied God’s Will

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

“We wanted it raw. We wanted it organic. We wanted it to sound the way we do in the live setting,” relays Goatwhore frontman Ben Falgoust of the band’s latest output, Vengeful Ascension. Their seventh full-length and second recorded reel-to-reel, Vengeful Ascension was captured at Earth Analog in Tolono, Illinois (near Champaign, Illinois) with longtime soundman and comrade Jarrett Pritchard (1349, Gruesome), breaking a four-album tradition of working with Erik Rutan.

“Working with Rutan was awesome. We did some great records with him,” Falgoust is quick to point out.“But you come to a point where you’re like, ‘All right. Let’s try something new.’ It was part of trying to remove ourselves from a comfort zone and a risk thing we needed to take. Plus, we really wanted to hit the essence of where we are live and what better way to harness that than by having our live sound guy involved. Jarrett is knowledgeable with the studio stuff. He also knows how we sound coming out of a PA and we really wanted to get closer to that. Pritchard really focused on that live aspect from every members’ perspective and I think he pushed us out of our personal comfort zones. He really understands our vision.”

The resulting ten-track, forty-one-minute production – mixed by Chris Common (Tribulation, Pelican) and mastered by Maor Applebaum (Faith No More, Halford, Today Is The Day) – marches in, clutches its listeners by the throat and refuses to loosen its grip until the abrupt conclusion of “Those Who Denied God’s Will.” A sonic manifestation of war, chaos, desolation, and emotional conflict, seamlessly bridging twenty years of the band’s signature brand of audio venom, it’s a record that finds its members at their most accomplished both individually and as a cohesive unit. Guitarist Sammy Duet’s dense, sub nuclear riff work and possessed solo blitzes are at their most devastating spiraling flawlessly and instinctually around drummer Zack Simmons’ and bassist James Harvey’s hammering rhythms while Falgoust’s distinctly commanding roar, his acidic prose more enunciated than ever before, complimenting the apocalyptic proceedings.

“I think every song on this record is pretty fucking strong,” the frontman reflects. “Each song is a representation of Goatwhore. from day one until now. It really shows our evolution as a band. I don’t think that this band has reached its peak yet. I mean, I think we’re closer now than ever but we’re still growing; we’re still evolving.”

While hardly a concept record in the traditional sense, Vengeful Ascension loosely revolves itself around Luciferian notions in title and spirit where the symbol of Lucifer serves not as a fiendish, all-destroying demon but rather an emancipator or guiding light. It’s a theme of struggle and transcendence derived from John Milton’s Paradise Lost epic and one that has appeared, whether directly or indirectly, within Goatwhore works of the past.

“There’s that whole idea of Lucifer being the anti-hero,” elaborates Falgoust. “He’s cast out from this place in Heaven to the depths of nothing. He keeps trying to ascend to the top again but no matter what, there’s always this significant force trying to destroy him at any point and banish him back to Hell. If you look at it from an everyday aspect in life, it’s the idea of people, hitting the bottom of the barrel or you know, things just aren’t going right in life… emotion plays a huge part in how people react. Whether it’s based on love or hatred or sadness or whatever, there’s always an aspect of emotion that drives people to an extent. So the whole idea of a ‘Vengeful Ascension’ is built on being at the bottom, working your way to the top, and realizing along the way that there’s other facets to the journey aside from just pure retribution. Within negativity there can exist a positive angle as well.”

Vengeful Ascension serves as the soundtrack to that luciferious rise straight off with the combative, ritualistic drum onslaught of opening hymn, “Forsaken.” Wholly immersive, each track is alarmingly palpable in subject and corresponding execution. The tense, clandestine battery of “Chaos Arcane,” based on HP Lovecraft’s book Nyarlathotep, a story which attempts to recount the inexplicable sense of fear in expectancy of an unknown evil, conveys that sensation of impending doom through sound in a way only Goatwhore can. “Mankind Will Have No Mercy,” a pseudo tribute to Bolt Thrower, seethes under the weight of its own wartime sentiment, while the rapid-fire, punkish urgency of “Under The Flesh, Into The Soul,” a first person account of irrepressible resentment, sounds utterly enraged. “If resentment could speak, that’s it right there,” says Falgoust. “It’s the idea of resentment getting into an individual and just consuming you.” And with an average runtime of just four minutes, no one song ever overstays its welcome.

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Artist: Goatwhore
Album: Vengeful Ascension
Genre: Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: June 23, 2017

Track Listing:
01. Forsaken
02. Under the Flesh, Into the Soul
03. Vengeful Ascension
04. Chaos Arcane
05. Where the Sun Is Silent
06. Drowned in Grim Rebirth
07. Abandon Indoctrination
08. Mankind Will Have No Mercy
09. Decayed Omen Reborn
10. Those Who Denied God’s Will

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

“We wanted it raw. We wanted it organic. We wanted it to sound the way we do in the live setting,” relays Goatwhore frontman Ben Falgoust of the band’s latest output, Vengeful Ascension. Their seventh full-length and second recorded reel-to-reel, Vengeful Ascension was captured at Earth Analog in Tolono, Illinois (near Champaign, Illinois) with longtime soundman and comrade Jarrett Pritchard (1349, Gruesome), breaking a four-album tradition of working with Erik Rutan.

“Working with Rutan was awesome. We did some great records with him,” Falgoust is quick to point out.“But you come to a point where you’re like, ‘All right. Let’s try something new.’ It was part of trying to remove ourselves from a comfort zone and a risk thing we needed to take. Plus, we really wanted to hit the essence of where we are live and what better way to harness that than by having our live sound guy involved. Jarrett is knowledgeable with the studio stuff. He also knows how we sound coming out of a PA and we really wanted to get closer to that. Pritchard really focused on that live aspect from every members’ perspective and I think he pushed us out of our personal comfort zones. He really understands our vision.”

The resulting ten-track, forty-one-minute production – mixed by Chris Common (Tribulation, Pelican) and mastered by Maor Applebaum (Faith No More, Halford, Today Is The Day) – marches in, clutches its listeners by the throat and refuses to loosen its grip until the abrupt conclusion of “Those Who Denied God’s Will.” A sonic manifestation of war, chaos, desolation, and emotional conflict, seamlessly bridging twenty years of the band’s signature brand of audio venom, it’s a record that finds its members at their most accomplished both individually and as a cohesive unit. Guitarist Sammy Duet’s dense, sub nuclear riff work and possessed solo blitzes are at their most devastating spiraling flawlessly and instinctually around drummer Zack Simmons’ and bassist James Harvey’s hammering rhythms while Falgoust’s distinctly commanding roar, his acidic prose more enunciated than ever before, complimenting the apocalyptic proceedings.

“I think every song on this record is pretty fucking strong,” the frontman reflects. “Each song is a representation of Goatwhore. from day one until now. It really shows our evolution as a band. I don’t think that this band has reached its peak yet. I mean, I think we’re closer now than ever but we’re still growing; we’re still evolving.”

While hardly a concept record in the traditional sense, Vengeful Ascension loosely revolves itself around Luciferian notions in title and spirit where the symbol of Lucifer serves not as a fiendish, all-destroying demon but rather an emancipator or guiding light. It’s a theme of struggle and transcendence derived from John Milton’s Paradise Lost epic and one that has appeared, whether directly or indirectly, within Goatwhore works of the past.

“There’s that whole idea of Lucifer being the anti-hero,” elaborates Falgoust. “He’s cast out from this place in Heaven to the depths of nothing. He keeps trying to ascend to the top again but no matter what, there’s always this significant force trying to destroy him at any point and banish him back to Hell. If you look at it from an everyday aspect in life, it’s the idea of people, hitting the bottom of the barrel or you know, things just aren’t going right in life… emotion plays a huge part in how people react. Whether it’s based on love or hatred or sadness or whatever, there’s always an aspect of emotion that drives people to an extent. So the whole idea of a ‘Vengeful Ascension’ is built on being at the bottom, working your way to the top, and realizing along the way that there’s other facets to the journey aside from just pure retribution. Within negativity there can exist a positive angle as well.”

Vengeful Ascension serves as the soundtrack to that luciferious rise straight off with the combative, ritualistic drum onslaught of opening hymn, “Forsaken.” Wholly immersive, each track is alarmingly palpable in subject and corresponding execution. The tense, clandestine battery of “Chaos Arcane,” based on HP Lovecraft’s book Nyarlathotep, a story which attempts to recount the inexplicable sense of fear in expectancy of an unknown evil, conveys that sensation of impending doom through sound in a way only Goatwhore can. “Mankind Will Have No Mercy,” a pseudo tribute to Bolt Thrower, seethes under the weight of its own wartime sentiment, while the rapid-fire, punkish urgency of “Under The Flesh, Into The Soul,” a first person account of irrepressible resentment, sounds utterly enraged. “If resentment could speak, that’s it right there,” says Falgoust. “It’s the idea of resentment getting into an individual and just consuming you.” And with an average runtime of just four minutes, no one song ever overstays its welcome.

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Goatwhore Vengeful Ascension

Goatwhore are a special band, hell their name is Goatwhore for crying out loud! Their latest offering Vengeful Ascension delivers on more of the balls and hectic satanic rock and roll that has made the band so popular over the years. The onward crush of this record shows the same fire that has driven this group and turned them into a veritable heavy metal force. Vengeful Ascension is a record that reminds us of the devilish power of the band and is a potent return after a three year gap since the monstrous Constricting Rage Of The Merciless.

I think that Vengeful Ascension taps into all that has made Goatwhore special to so many over the years, it’s the crazed vocals, the vicious guitars and the bands ability to tap into a variety of subgenres. While the group certainly maintains their unique brand of thrashy blackened death metal you can see that they are unafraid to bring in disparate elements. When it comes down to it Goatwhore are just really fucking good songwriters and have created a sound that any fan of heavy music is going to be able to dig into. Rather than boring the listener with the same generic platitudes they go for the throat and remind us of their beautiful hatred.

Vengeful Ascension isn’t an album that you can easily forget. It’s a record that is going to bust your skull in and get you moshing across the floor. Goatwhore were never a band who gave to many fucks, and on this record, perhaps their most fully realized yet, it once again becomes clear that they understand the sheer ballsy brutality of this music and refuse to conform. Time and time again Goatwhore have come out on top and now they are sitting with a skull in one hand and a severed limb in the other guiding you into the demonic pit.

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