GOATWHORE: Metal Alliance Tour Draws Near + Band To Play Knotfest Colombia This Friday - Vengeful As
The road demons in GOATWHORE are gearing up for another live takeover later this month beginning with a performance at Knotfest in Bogotá, Colombia on October 26th. The band will be playing alongside the likes of headliners Judas Priest, Helloween, Kreator, and Arch Enemy before kicking off their anticipated North American tour as headliners of the 2018 edition of Metal Alliance. The trek begins on October 31st in New Orleans, Louisiana, and runs through November 30th in Easton, Pennsylvania. Support will come from The Casualties, Black Tusk, and Great American Ghost as well as Morthereon and Gozu on select dates. For tickets and special VIP packages vsit: metalalliancetour.com.
The following month, GOATWHORE will march on playing five more headlining shows with Cloak and Great American Ghost from December 1st in Dayton, Ohio through December 5th in Memphis, Tennessee. The band’s latest journey follows their near month-long European run supporting Dying Fetus this past summer. See all confirmed dates below.
GOATWHORE: 10/26/2018 Knotfest – Bogotá, DC [info] Metal Alliance Tour w/ The Casualties, Black Tusk, Great American Ghost, Morthereon (10/31 – 11/17), Gozu (11/18 – 11/30): 10/31/2018 Southport Music Hall – New Orleans, LA 11/01/2018 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX 11/02/2018 Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill – Dallas, TX 11/03/2018 Alamo City Music Hall – San Antonio, TX 11/04/2018 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK 11/06/2018 Club Red – Mesa, AZ 11/07/2018 The Roxy – West Hollywood, CA 11/08/2018 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA 11/09/2018 Full Circle Brewing Co. – Fresno, CA 11/10/2018 The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA 11/11/2018 Cornerstone – Berkeley, CA 11/13/2018 Club Sur Rocks – Seattle, WA 11/14/2018 Dante’s – Portland, OR 11/16/2018 Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT 11/17/2018 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO 11/18/2018 Aftershock – Merriam, KS 11/20/2018 Turf Club – St. Paul, MN 11/21/2018 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL 11/23/2018 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI 11/24/2018 Overtime Sports Bar – Kingston, ON 11/25/2018 Salle Multi Du Complex Meduse – Quebec City, QC 11/26/2018 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC 11/27/2018 ONCE Ballroom – Somerville, MA * GOATWHORE, Black Tusk, Gozu only 11/28/2018 Gramercy Theater – New Yok, NY 11/29/2018 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY 11/30/2018 One Centre Square – Easton, PA w/ Cloak, Great American Ghost: 12/01/2018 Oddbodys – Dayton, OH [tickets] 12/02/2018 Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD [tickets] 12/03/2018 Canal Club – Richmond, VA [tickets] 12/04/2018 New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC [tickets] 12/05/2018 Growlers – Memphis, TN [tickets] Vengeful Ascension, GOATWHORE’s seventh full-length and highest charting album to date, was released last June via Metal Blade Records. MetalSucks named the production, GOATWHORE’s, “most vital album since 2006’s A Haunting Curse,” and one, “guaranteed to frighten your grandmother directly into her grave.” Blabbermouth gushed, “Vengeful Ascension proves that the band is firing on all cylinders, standing tall as one of extreme metal’s leading bands.” Loudwire concurred, “Vengeful Ascension has extremity black metal fans will dig, groove that will appeal to death metal aficionados and potent guitar work thrash lovers can appreciate.” Pop Matters lauded an offering, “more textured and nuanced than the typical metal record,” while Metal Injection crowned the record the band’s “high water mark… thus far.”
Vengeful Ascension is out now on CD, vinyl, and digital formats. To preview and purchase the record, visit metalblade.com/goatwhore.
“The album roars with the classic GOATWHORE sound of searing shredding and screams of rage. The material also tries some new things, tossing in a bit of blackened atmosphere, adding to the philosophical questions the music dives into.” — Alternative Press
“Turning frowns upside down with metal steeped in gloom isn’t supposed to be a thing, but in incorporating more classic influences, GOATWHORE has (in)advertently offered Vengeful Ascension as a link between battle jackets and monk robes. 8/10” — Decibel Magazine
“…the most mature recording in the GOATWHORE canon… Its combination of disparate subgenres from opposite ends of the structural and melodic continuum is masterful, resulting in a remarkably non-contrasting display of good and evil; that being good songs that sound as evil as all hell. 4/5” — Team Rock
“…the high water mark that GOATWHORE have set for themselves thus far… 9/10” — Metal Injection
“Vengeful Ascension has extremity black metal fans will dig, groove that will appeal to death metal aficionados, and potent guitar work thrash lovers can appreciate.” — Loudwire
“Vengeful Ascension proves that the band is firing on all cylinders, standing tall as one of extreme metal's leading bands. 9/10” -- Blabbermouth
GOATWHORE Recording Lineup: Louis B. Falgoust II – vocals Sammy Duet – guitars, vocals Zack Simmons – drums James Harvey – bass
GOATWHORE Touring Lineup: Louis B. Falgoust II – vocals Sammy Duet – guitars, vocals Zack Simmons – drums Robert “TA” Coleman – bass
Forged by former Acid Bath/Crowbar guitarist Sammy Duet in 1997, it’s been two decades since Goatwhore reared its menacing head from the swamplands of New Orleans, Louisiana. The band’s winding history a dramatic, at times traumatic, sequence of personnel changes, fatal injuries, paranormal activity, natural disasters, and an assortment of other misadventures large and small, their tale begins with the primitive rumblings of the Serenades To The Tides Of Blood demo and subsequent Eclipse Of Ages Into Black debut released in 1998 and 2000 respectively. Then a five-piece comprised of Duet, Soilent Green vocalist Ben Falgoust, guitarist Ben Stout, bassist Patrick Bruders and drummer Zak Nolan, Goatwhore’s DIY work ethic, persistent tour schedule and warring, fuck-all approach of songs like "Invert The Virgin" and "Desolate Path To Apocalyptic Ruin" helped spawn a loyal following compelled by the band's unrepentant Celtic Frostian rhythms and corrosive black death bayou swagger.
A slower, more introverted affair, Funeral Dirge For The Rotting Sun followed in 2003. The record trailed a near-fatal van crash that left Falgoust temporarily paralyzed and the future of the band uncertain. Against medical odds, Falgoust regained use of his legs and the band, now a four-piece with Duet taking on full guitar duties, quickly returned to the road. Seemingly plagued by bouts of disaster, 2005 found the band fleeing the desolating flood waters of Hurricane Katrina. Delayed but undeterred, Goatwhore's first Metal Blade Records release -- 2006’s A Haunting Curse, which featured the revised lineup of Duet, Falgoust, drummer Zack Simmons (ex-Nachtmystium) and bassist Nathan Bergeron -- proved their most vicious manifestation yet. The record was captured at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida with Erik Rutan (Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal), who would go on to record the band’s next three studio offerings. Wholly embracing their long-avowed Hellhammer and Venom devoutness without pirating it, A Haunting Curse is relentless in speed, precision and brazen hostility and six years later, “Diabolical Submergence Of Rebirth,” would make its way to HBO award-winning drama series, Treme.
By 2009, Goatwhore unleashed the nefarious craftings of Carving Out The Eyes Of God. A behemoth recording in sound, mind and spirit, the record ranked among the year's most worthy metal albums by fans and critics globally, debuting on the Billboard Hard Music chart at #33, the Billboard Top New Artist (Heatseekers) chart at #16, and the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart at #34. No small feat for a blatantly non-mainstream band. Decibel Magazine hailed the band’s, "rigid tempo shifts, gargantuan hooks, blasting black mass anthems, and Falgoust's soot and venom snarl," while Outburn likened it to, "a modern day, 'roid-injected sword fight between Celtic Frost and Venom.”
For the next two years, Goatwhore maintained an unyielding tour schedule, reducing cities throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia to rubble with their notoriously crushing, live performance. Further educating the potentially unversed, unofficial Goat’ anthem, "Apocalyptic Havoc," appeared on the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 game soundtracks for Splatterhouse and Saints Row 3, while the video for the song was featured in an episode of Last Call with Carson Daly. 2011 closed with a win of Best Hard Rock/Metal Artist at the annual Big Easy Awards, which pays tribute and honor to the city’s performing talent.
Resting only long enough to conjure more audio pandemonium, Goatwhore undraped the chart-topping, critically-lauded Blood For The Master full-length in 2012. Now featuring Duet, Falgoust, Simmons and bassist James Harvey, who joined the cloven-hoofed ranks in 2009 following the exit of Nathan Bergeron, the record found Louisiana’s notorious metal horde at their most unified. Delivering a ruthless onslaught of fist-pumping, heathen anthems, and rhythmic obliteration bedecked in the enticingly unhallowed prose of Falgoust who succinctly dubbed the record, “evil rock 'n' roll.”
The maniacal hymns of Constricting Rage Of The Merciless arrived in 2014 and marked the band’s first studio effort to be tracked to two-inch tape, a more challenging approach that demands performance over pro-tooled perfection and leaving little room for error. Boasting a more urgent, ominous and blatantly reckless demeanor than its predecessors, the record again surpassed previous efforts in composition and execution consequently debuting at #81 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, topping their last entry position of #171 with Blood For The Master. Elsewhere, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless ranked in at #21 on Billboard’s Rock chart, #7 on the Hard Rock chart, and #13 on the Independent chart while third album single, “Baring Teeth For Revolt,” made its audio debut in CBS crime drama series Elementary. Welcoming live bassist Robert "TA" Coleman (Warmaster, Hod), a tireless tour calendar, including shows with Samhain as well as well as a converted performance at Ozzfest-meets-Knotfest opening Black Sabbath’s final West Coast show, followed. And now, the time for Vengeful Ascension has come.