Jun 30

Goatwhore – Constricting Rage of the Merciless (2014)



New Goatwhore is always a delightful thing. They are the death/black/extreme/hard rock/awesome metal band that obviously does their own thing and can actually pull it off. Their signature sound is best described as sacrificing the virgin cunt with a cattle prod; but you already know that. Anyway, they are releasing their newest album Constricting Rage of the Merciless on July 8. Prepare to dance on your blood-covered floor in sadistic ecstasy.

Goatwhore doesn’t waste any time starting off the album. The song Poisonous Existence In Reawakening digs into the bone of the new material. You immediately hear the grungy intro-riff accompanied by Ben Falgoust’s signature growls. The song eventually gets a bit more melodic, but the intervals of harsher picking keep the listener going.

We all know Goatwhore’s black/death sound and their more rockstar-like vibe (way too much heroin rockstar, no glitter or hairspray). The first two songs were dirty and dark. The third song Baring Teeth For Revolt helps to amp up the groove with a feel-good riff. But it wouldn’t be Goatwhore without some heavy undertones; drummer Zack Simmons helps to achieve that by blasting throughout the whole thing.

Heaven’s Crumbling Walls Of Pity is probably my favorite song off of the album. I noticed Goatwhore has one song off of every album that gets me more than the rest; this is the song that does that to me for this album. Goatwhore experiments with a melodic vibe for this one. The opening riff pulls the listener in, but they continually throw surprises at you; an example is the seriously swift picking accompanied by drumming at an unknown velocity that hits you out of nowhere.

Goatwhore completely changes the feel of the album with a song like Cold Earth Consumed In Dying Flesh. It starts off with an atmospheric intro with over-done and creepy effects; nothing like Goatwhore. It then turns into a slow but loud powerhouse that is a perfect combination between a really good stoner metal song and something you would only hear being played at that one seedy bar you always end up at. Toward the end of the song it speeds up, turning into the Goatwhore we all know and love.

The single the band released is FBS. It sums up Goatwhore in one song: rapid playing, grimy sound, random squealy guitar thing thrown in randomly, and then gets super slow to really bring out their singular rugged sound, but then back to playing fast. A perfect single for them if you ask me!

The song Schadenfreude stood out to me. Well, for anyone who has seen Avenue Q they also have a song titled “Schadenfreude.” But the term means “pleasure taken from the misfortune of others” from the German language. The listener won’t have any misfortune listening to this song. I feel the dismal nature of black metal in this song the most. The low-riffing automatically puts the listener in a gloomy mood, yet Goatwhore makes it catchy enough to where it can capture the listener.

I will say I wish Goatwhore chose a better way to end the album than Externalizing This Hidden Savagery. It’s not a bad song, but not one of their most powerful. I was expecting something that sounded like bombs exploding, babies being eaten and blood-curdling in a pool of feces. Maybe it did sound like that, and I have been listening to way too much Goatwhore to notice. Either way, you be the judge.

I will definitely say this album requires more than one listen; the songs string together at first. But once you pick out each song and dig into its flesh, you become hooked. So go ahead, have a brutal headbang session. I know I did! Goatwhore perpetually releases vigorous and smutty material that will make your mom cry. Unless she actually likes Goatwhore; which in that case would be pretty awesome.



1. Poisonous Existence In Reawakening
2. Unraveling Paradise
3. Baring Teeth For Revolt
4. Reanimated Sacrifice
5. Heaven’s Crumbling Walls Of Pity
6. Cold Earth Consumed In Dying Flesh
7. FBS
8. Nocturnal Conjuration Of The Accursed
9. Schadenfreude
10. Externalize This Hidden Savagery

Genre: Extreme Metal

Line Up:

Ben Falgoust – Vocals
Sammy Duet – Guitars and Vocals
Zack Simmons – Drums
James Harvey – Bass



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