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Carving Out the Eyes of God

Goatwhore

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Album Review

New Orleans' Goatwhore has taken their meld of blackened death metal to new and nastier places on Carving out the Eyes of God, their fourth album proper. Unlike the last two, 2003's Funeral Dirge for the Rotting Sun and Haunting Curse, the dark atmospherics that punctuated them is gone, leaving only an attack: feral, brutal, and beautifully recorded. Of course this last adjective is one that will either bring the punters to or repel them from the album — the black metal underground has already decided they sold out (after all, they are on Metal Blade), while fans drawn to death metal will welcome the sonic improvement: you can hear every single lyric here, whether it is growled or shouted by Louis B. Falgoust II. The guitar sounds by founder Sammy Duet are massive, Zack Simmons' drums are thuddingly clear and unmuddied, and for a change, you can actually discern the sound of Nathan Bergerou's bass. Some of this will be no surprise to longtime Goatwhore fans, since they've been on this quest for a while now. Sonics are the good news. Musically, there is a formula that this album follows track for track without cessation: a riff for 20 seconds, then a new riff for another 20, a third which lasts for 25 or 30 seconds, and then a mish-mash of all three for the rest of the cut. As a result, this makes hearing the entire 40-minute set in one sitting rather difficult. Stand-out tracks on the set are "Provoking the Ritual of Death," "Reckoning of the Soul Made Godless," and "Razor Flesh Devoured." There isn't really anything new here, but that said, there doesn't really need to be. Carving out the Eyes of God is so flawlessly executed it makes up for its lack of originality.

Customer Reviews

\m/METAL\m/

Alright to the people who think that we are going to hell for listening to this your wrong. I love Black Metal, Death MEtal, all the evil stuff, But im a christian and love god. And who cares if they are satanic. Its the music which matters. Your not going to make people follow christ by saying everyones going to hell so give up. Any way. GREAT album. I saw them Live and it got me hooked on them. A great blend of Thrash Death and Black Metal. This is a great buy and will definetly melt faces. But dont buy it on Itunes, go to a store and get it.

Does God Even Have Eyes?

Reminds me of Celtic Frost... Which is a good thing.

Black 'n Roll at its finest

Killer riffs, thunderous bottom end, and loud guitars. Awesome production on the best batch of Goatwhore songs to date. Picks up where "Alchemy of the Black Sun Cult" left off with catchy riffing and a few solos in in addition to the required blast beats every once in awhile. "Apocalyptic Havoc", "The All-Destroying", Shadow of a Rising Knife", "Provoking the Ritual of Death", and "Reckoning of the Soul Made Godless" are the standout tracks for me.

Biography

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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