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Album Review

Forget that it sounds like the Bayou-based decibel crushers elicited the moniker for their sixth studio long-player from a generic black metal title generator, Constricting Rage of the Merciless is as punishing a collection of songs as one is likely to come across in 2014. Even more concise and streamlined than 2012's relentless Blood for the Master, Constricting finds the veteran New Orleans band so dialed in that there may as well be nobody listening. Rather than mess with the formula, Goatwhore opted to simply turn up everything and let the sparks fly, resulting in the least forward-thinking, yet most sonically rewarding album of their career, offering up a bludgeoning ten-song attack that's as accessible as it is neck snapping, with highlights arriving via textbook blackened metal confections like "Poisonous Existence in Reawakening," "Nocturnal Conjuration of the Accursed," "Unraveling Paradise," and the sneaky and serpentine yet surprisingly melodic "Schadenfreude." In fact, outside of the spaced-out intro to the appropriately titled "Cold Earth Consumed in Dying Flesh," a punishing, funereal, post-pub crawl of a song, there isn't a moment of respite in Constricting Rage of the Merciless, and really, with a name like that, why should there be? Once again, Goatwhore is on the cusp of nothing and waving it in your face. They are ruthlessly efficient, unmerciful, redundant, triumphant, and wholly invested in darkness, volume, destruction, and little else.

Customer Reviews

I love these guys

The album is great. Buy that thing!

Hail Satan!

Beast mode

2014 - the year of Goatwhore

High expectations on this one. The early releases FBS and Schadenfreude were great teasers. Cold Earth Consumed in Dying Flesh rules this album!


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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