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Album Review

While it's always interesting when bands set out to explore bold new sonic waters, there's something to be said for doing the classics incredibly well. With their fifth album, Blood for the Master, Goatwhore do just that, delivering another album of relentless and refined blackened death metal that speaks volumes about the band's level of craftsmanship. Every element of the album is airtight, and it's from this highly fortified position that the band are able to launch and all-out metal assault, digging into their arsenal of thrash, death, and black metal riffage to destroy the eardrums of anyone they come across. From the opening moments of the first track "Collapse in Eternal Worth," it's clear that Goatwhore aren't wasting any time, opting to skip past the useless ambient intros in favor of going for the jugular straight out of the gate. This direct, heavy metal freight train approach permeates the album as tracks like "Parasitic Scriptures of the Sacred Word" and "Death to the Architects of Heaven" surge forward in a blistering frenzy that rarely lets up. Most importantly, Blood for the Master clocks in at just under 40 minutes, meaning it gets in, wrecks up the place, and gets out before the listener even has a chance to throw it out for overstaying its welcome, making the short time you'll spend being pummeled by this album time well spent.

Customer Reviews

Sounds good to a fan of thrash

While I mostly enojoy metallica, avenged sevenfold, and BFMV, after getting the new mastadon CD i was recommended to check these guys out, and I was reluctant to do so, seeing as my history has no death metal elements. But it seems the advice was nevertheless helpful in finding good music. So long as you are a fan of metal, you will enjoy the pounding of relentless instruments with a good throaty screaming lead. In addition to recommending this band, I would like to mention that the review for this album is easily one of the best itunes has used. Nice work anonymous writer, keep it up!


Formed: New Orleans, LA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Louisiana black metal outfit Goatwhore was formed by singer/guitarist Sammy Duet following the breakup of his previous band, Acid Bath. Former Soilent Green singer L. Ben Falgoust II, guitarist Ben Stout, bassist Patrick Bruders, and drummer Zak Nolan completed the lineup, which debuted with the demo Serenades to the Tides of Blood; Goatwhore's proper debut LP, The Eclipse of Ages into Black, followed in early 2000. Funeral Dirge for the Rotting Sun appeared in 2003 before the band jumped to Metal...
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