GOATWHORE's latest album, Vengeful Ascension, released on June 23rd via Metal Blade Records, toppled Billboard charts upon its first week of release earning the #4 spot on Billboard's Heatseeker Albums chart, #6 on the Hard Rock Album Sales chart, #11 on the Independent Albums chart, #16 on the Hard Rock Albums chart, #18 on the Rock Album Sales chart, #49 on the Top 200 Current Albums chart, and #59 on the Top 200 Albums chart making it the band's highest charting album to date! In Canada, the record was met with equal accolades debuting at #19 on the Hard Music chart and #145 on the Top Albums chart.
Vengeful Ascension is out now on Metal Blade Records on CD, vinyl, and digital formats. To preview and purchase the record visit metalblade.com/goatwhore.
GOATWHORE recently wrapped up a near-three-week headlining tour with Vancouver metallers, Anciients. The band will take to the streets again this fall on a North American live takeover supporting UK-based metal icons Venom Inc. The Blood Stained Earth Tour will ravage twenty-eight cities from September 1st through October 2nd. Additional support will be provided by Portland punk thrashers Toxic Holocaust and Ohio deathcore unit The Convalescence. See all confirmed dates below.
GOATWHORE w/ Venom Inc., Toxic Holocaust, The Convalescence:
9/1/2017 Voltage - Philadelphia, PA
9/2/2017 Gramercy Theater - New York, NY
9/3/2017 Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
9/4/2017 Les Foufounes Electriques - Montreal, QC
9/5/2017 Mod Club - Toronto, ON
9/7/2017 Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
9/8/2017 Reggies - Chicago, IL
9/9/2017 Full Terror Metal Fest - Cave In Rock, IL
9/10/2017 Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
9/11/2017 Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
9/13/2017 The Pin - Spokane, WA
9/14/2017 Studio 7 - Seattle, WA
9/15/2017 Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC
9/16/2017 Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
9/18/2017 Slims - San Francisco, CA
9/19/2017 The Roxy Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
9/20/2017 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
9/21/2017 Club Red - Phoenix, AZ
9/22/2017 Tricky Falls - El Paso, TX
9/23/2017 Gas Monkey - Dallas, TX
9/24/2017 Grizzly Hall - Austin, TX
9/25/2017 White Oak Music Hall - Houston, TX
9/26/2017 Parish at HOB - New Orleans, LA
9/28/2017 Churchill's - Miami, FL
9/29/2017 Orpheum - Tampa, FL
9/30/2017 The Haven - Orlando, FL
10/1/2017 Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
10/2/2017 Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
The band's seventh full-length offering and second recorded reel-to-reel, Vengeful Ascension was captured at Earth Analog in Tolono, Illinois with longtime soundman and comrade Jarrett Pritchard (1349, Gruesome). A sonic manifestation of war, chaos, desolation, and emotional conflict, seamlessly bridging twenty years of the band's signature brand of audio venom, Vengeful Ascension 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 with frontman Ben Falgoust's distinctly commanding roar, his acidic prose more enunciated than ever before, complimenting the apocalyptic proceedings.
"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' 10 Best Metal Albums Of 2017 So Far
"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
"...one of the band's strongest offerings to date, and will surely hold up amongst their increasingly sizeable discography. 4/5" - Exclaim!
"Vengeful Ascension is still wicked as fuck, never lacking in Hannemantastic guitar solos, and guaranteed to frighten your grandmother directly into her grave. But it's also got peaks and valley and differing flavors, from the ghostly atmospherics and galloping riffs of the title track to the traditional black metal of 'Abandon Indoctrination' to the over-caffeinated speed metal of 'Mankind Will Have No Mercy' to the groove-thrash of 'Decayed Omen Reborn' to the pure fuck