Erik Rutan

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Goatwhore, Blood for the Master

Having previously written about Goatwhore here,

their previous album, Carving Out the Eyes of God here,

and their live show here

what follows, gentle reader, is my experience of their newest LP, Blood for the Master, wherein it may be safely assumed that your narrator is most thoroughly on said New Orleans-based  black/death/thrash ‘n’ roll band’s proverbial dick.

Short version: Goatwhore are a blackened, thrash ‘n’ roll Mötorhead. Blood for the Master solidifies this assessment.

Take that as you will.

(And call me over-analytical, but it amuses me that a band from the bottom of the Mississippi Delta, New Orleans, my home, can sound so much like an evolution of a band from the chilly Midlands of England, Birmingham.)

Track one, “Collapse in Eternal Worth,” (which continues the Goatwhore tradition of seemingly/probably blasphemous yet-incredibly-vague song titles) opens with blast beats and segues to D-beats, but at around 2 minutes hits a memorable, maudlin chorus (it’s even  hummable)… like something from a lost Celtic Frost demo….

Track two, “When Steel and Bone Meet,” (which, along with the above album opener, was pre-released) is a 3-minute D-beat, raspy-vocaled Satanic Discharge-fest.

Track four, “In Deathless Tradition,” opens with that roar-of-roars (Oh Ben Falgoust, you star, you)– and reiterates the necessary place of a great vocalist –including the line, “Forgiveness is the failure of your faith,” again a wildly-vague yet sinister pronouncement in that rasp-of-rasps….

“Judgement of the Bleeding Crown,” next, again with its opening blast beats, then Mötorhead-ish double-bass and D-beats, manages to sound like a heavier, early-career Ministry (think The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste)… track six, “Embodiment of This Bitter Chaos,” opens with an Atheist-like acoustic intro, complete with melodic guitar solo, only to segue to a lurching, forebeat-ish riff at around 1:00…

Track seven, “Beyond the Spell of Discontent,” actually sounds like, in its chorus, memorable black metal, or the background of a Michael Mann film (analyze that commonality at your leisure)…

Song eight, “Death to the Architects of Heaven,” adds a NWOBHM-ish flair to their Lemmy-and-co. sound before taking off into blast beats and minor verse riffs. It sound like something Metallica would’ve covered on Garage, Inc. or the $5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-visited.

“An End to Nothing” is a full-on rager, starting at double-bass out the ass D-beat velocity and never letting up, and track 10, i.e. closer “My Name Is Frightful Among the Believers,” continues this blast-the-shit-out-of-the-ending-of-the-album tradition, alternating from blast beat to D-beats and back again

The fact is –perhaps memorably, and this, ironically– these tracks are not at all memorable for the most part.

They’re nearly all interesting (from a metal/musician standpoint), but pretty much none of them will linger in your ears (i.e., brain)– they’re so remarkably non-memorable that I wonder if this wasn’t intentional.

–But again, I love to overanalyze stuff–

Is is good? Yes, very much so–

the sheer ferocity of Blood For the Master brings to mind the best Behemoth– as played by Mötorhead.

Tell me that doesn’t sound like fun.

Feeling disillusioned? By nearly anything? From organized religion, to society in general?

Put this on.

The sheer rageful rejection of All will fill your soul (ironic thing to say, isn’t it, of something so obviously Satanic)….

You may not remember the riffs, but you’ll remember the visceral feeling you got from the record, played loud and drowning out your problems.

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A Goatwhore primer

I don't think they realize that drinking Christ's blood is really, really Christian.

What with Blood for the Master coming out on Valentine’s Day 2012 (because that makes sense), here’s your primer– i.e., what you need to know, about New Orleans’ blackened death metal act Goatwhore.

Up-to-this-point highlights:

“Alchemy of the Black Sun Cult,” from 2006′s A Haunting Curse, “Apocalyptic Havoc” (video here*), “Carving Out the Eyes of God,” and “Provoking the Ritual of Death,” from 2009′s Carving Out the Eyes of God.

No bullshit/ short version: they’re all modernized Celtic Frost tunes.

Is that not enough?

What is it you demand? Complete originality?

I can’t help you, nor can Goatwhore– but otherwise we can rock the shit out of you.

So, from said upcoming Blood for the Master, here’s “When Steel and Bone Meet,” and “Collapse in Eternal Worth” to tide you over until Valentine’s Day.

*Otherwise known as “Who needs a God, when you have Satan…!?”