GOATWHORE: Vengeful Ascension Out TODAY On Metal Blade Records; LP Streaming At Decibel + Record Ranks Among Alternative Press’ 10 Best Metal Albums Of 2017 So Far

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“The album roars with the classic GOATWHORE sound of searing shredding and screams of rage. The material also tries some new things, tossing in a bit of blackened atmosphere, adding to the philosophical questions the music dives into.” – Alternative Press

 Today marks the official descent of Vengeful Ascension, the anticipated new full-length from long-running New Orleans metal practitioners GOATWHORE.

In celebration of its release, today Decibel Magazine is streaming the LP in full alongside an interview with GOATWHORE vocalist Ben Falgoust. Check it out HERE.

 Vengeful Ascension is out NOW on Metal Blade Records on CD, vinyl (in multiple limited color variations), and digital formats. Order yours today at metalblade.com/goatwhore where you can also sample the band’s “Chaos Arcane” lyric video.

Reaping mass critical praise both stateside and abroad, the record recently ranked among Alternative Press’ 10 Best Metal Albums Of 2017 So Far alongside new offerings from the likes of Tombs, Full Of Hell, and Iron Reagan. Read the piece at THIS LOCATION.

GOATWHORE is currently ravaging stages through the US and Canada on a near-three-week headlining tour with Vancouver metallers, Anciients. The tour commenced June 9th and will run through July 1st. The band’s latest journey comes in advance of their previously announced North American fall takeover supporting UK-based metal icons Venom Inc. The Blood Stained Earth Tour will pillage twenty-eight cities from September 1st through October 2nd. Additional support will be provided by Portland punk thrashers Toxic Holocaust and Ohio deathcore unit The Convalescence. See all confirmed dates below.

 GOATWHORE w/ Anciients [remaining dates]: 

6/23/2017 Riddell Center – Regina, SK
6/24/2017 Windsor Hotel – Winnipeg, MB
6/25/2017 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
6/26/2017 The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
6/27/2017 Frankies – Bryan, OH
6/28/2017 Fubar – St Louis, OH
6/29/2017 George’s Majestic Lounge – Springdale, AR
6/30/2017 Vino’s Brewpub – Little Rock, AR
7/01/2017 Maggie Meyers Irish Pub – Huntsville, AL
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w/ Venom Inc., Toxic Holocaust, The Convalescence:
9/1/2017 Voltage – Philadelphia, PA
9/2/2017 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
9/3/2017 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
9/4/2017 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
9/5/2017 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
9/7/2017 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
9/8/2017 Reggies – Chicago, IL
9/9/2017 Full Terror Metal Fest – Cave In Rock, IL
9/10/2017 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
9/11/2017 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
9/13/2017 The Pin – Spokane, WA
9/14/2017 Studio 7 – Seattle, WA
9/15/2017 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
9/16/2017 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
9/18/2017 Slims – San Francisco, CA
9/19/2017 The Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
9/20/2017 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
9/21/2017 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
9/22/2017 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
9/23/2017 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
9/24/2017 Grizzly Hall – Austin, TX
9/25/2017 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
9/26/2017 Parish at HOB – New Orleans, LA
9/28/2017 Churchill’s – Miami, FL
9/29/2017 Orpheum – Tampa, FL
9/30/2017 The Haven – Orlando, FL
10/1/2017 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/2/2017 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD

The band’s seventh full-length offering and second recorded reel-to-reel was captured at Earth Analog in Tolono, Illinois near Champaign with longtime soundman and comrade Jarrett Pritchard (1349, Gruesome). A sonic manifestation of war, chaos, desolation, and emotional conflict, seamlessly bridging twenty years of the band’s signature brand of audio venom, Vengeful Ascension finds its members at their most accomplished both individually and as a cohesive unit. Guitarist Sammy Duet’s dense, sub nuclear riff work and possessed solo blitzes are at their most devastating spiraling flawlessly and instinctually around drummer Zack Simmons’ and bassist James Harvey’s hammering rhythms with frontman Ben Falgoust’s distinctly commanding roar, his acidic prose more enunciated than ever before, complimenting the apocalyptic proceedings.

“Vengeful Ascension has extremity black metal fans will dig, groove that will appeal to death metal aficionados, and potent guitar work thrash lovers can appreciate.” — Loudwire   

“…the most mature recording in the GOATWHORE canon… Its combination of disparate subgenres from opposite ends of the structural and melodic continuum is masterful, resulting in a remarkably non-contrasting display of good and evil; that being good songs that sound as evil as all hell.” – Team Rock

 “…one of the band’s strongest offerings to date, and will surely hold up amongst their increasingly sizeable discography.” – Exclaim!

 “…a pure pleasure to listen to…” – MetalSucks

 “…Just sinister…” – Metal Injection

 “There’s no filler here. It’s fast, sometimes slow, painfully brutal yet also restrained where needed… Their live show proves to everyone that these guys are for real and there’s no dependency on pro-tools and gimmicks. They record ‘track to tape’ so any fakery is thrown out the window. It’s like the opposite of Instagram. It’s pure sweat equity with these guys year after year and it pays off.” – Metal Insider

 “Vengeful Ascension is GOATWHORE‘s most diverse and interesting work to date. The band proves that they can do more than just shred away from beginning to end, but build upon their foundation to introduce deeper chemistry… The record is one of those works that taps into the vein of human existence, and unleashes it in devastating heavy metal fashion.” – New Noise Magazine

 “With their consistent, exclusive, unbridled sound, they leave a lasting impression… they prove just honest, pure heavy metal can still be a thing. It’s bands like this that give hope and power to the metal scene. This album is inspiring and one to put on repeat.” – Metal Assault

 GOATWHORE have eclipsed their previous work by creating an expansive and involving album that is as heavy as it is musically diverse and unusually catchy.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

 “…a perfectly-sculpted GOATWHORE masterpiece of raw aggressiveness and the band’s classic instrumentals.” – Metal Wani

 Vengeful Ascension could be the strongest GOATWHORE album in terms of musical direction… a must have for any fan of extreme metal.” – Cryptic Rock

GOATWHORE Recording Lineup: 

Louis B. Falgoust II – vocals
Sammy Duet – guitars, vocals
Zack Simmons – drums
James Harvey – bass

GOATWHORE Touring Lineup: 

Louis B. Falgoust II – vocals
Sammy Duet – guitars, vocals
Zack Simmons – drums
Robert “TA” Coleman – bass

Forest King – Lore Born

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With ominous war chants, thunderous horns, and bolstering battle drums from a time long ago… Comes, the Forest King! Hailing from Idaho, the band’s first release, Lore Born is an axe ripper from start to finish! No frills here! Just straight, in-your-face death metal with some great thrash-tastic riffage and killer folk metal harmonies, akin to the senses of a berserker from his mead induced trance before the battle. With track names as “Troll Stench”, “Sacred Mead” and “Who Will Write Your Saga?” One can only fathom it might be found amidst a skald’s lost poems. A good, solid release throughout and some good head bangers towards the end of this album, I give it 8/10 axes. For fans of Skeletonwitch, Amon Amarth, Wintersun.

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The Maldoror Chants – Hermaphrodite: Schammasch

You are walking into treacherous waters my friend. Are you ready to be engulfed with all that you think you know? Once again embarking us on these mind wrenching subjects, Schammasch wants you to know that perhaps you might want to learn how to swim.

The newly and first of special releases, Hermaphrodite, is already a work of art you just can’t argue with. Schammasch vocalist C.S.R., has taken the first part sequence of”Les Chants the Maldoror” by Comte de Lautramont’s unforgiving poems and has molded them into an enchanted dark ergonomic flow.

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The Prologue takes us in slowly through an atmospheric instrumental, which we anticipate that of which is to come. We are transferred into long trebled guitar riffs and tribal like drum beats to then delve us into The Weighty Burden of an Eternal Secret. We find that our Hermaphrodite is admired by many, but the confusion lies in those people that follow him closely. The world wondering why someone with such a beautiful disposition feels so cast away from whatever presence lives in the skies. Vocals that chant us into a sensitive state, overwhelming us in an echo that leads us to Along the Road that Leads to Bedlam, musically transcends us to an intelligent condition. Double-bass drum beats that weigh in as we are taken on his struggle. The struggle of knowing the self, he reflects, is he is such a monster? Feeling tormented by society’s judgements he doesn’t forget who he is, he would much rather stick to his kind… if he could ever find them.

So, These Tresses and Sacred, brings us into more desolate raspy vocals accompanied by a piano solo and synthesized harmonious background, can we resonate with our Hermaphrodite to see upon a place that he slumbers to be considered a safe haven? … May His Illusion Last until Dawns Awakening, the most chants verse vocals descending us into the night, consuming our Hermaphrodite to dream of those which are like himself, something he longs for. Vocals in a low rasping quest, continued tribal drum beats that beckon our Hermaphrodite that sleep is where there is Chimerical Hope. But don’t wake up dear, because everything you have ever wished for lies here in this dream. Guitar riffs continuously warning the listener our Hermaphrodite needs to stay asleep, because here he will not fail. Do Not Open your Eyes, once again leaves us spiraling into the unknown. Chanting us away into an unfavorable place leaving us wanting to have the chaos end.

Do you feel exiled yet? Only you can accept what is being given to you through all your transformations in order to find ever lasting peace. If you want to be able to transcend beyond the darkness, and take a trip into the unknown, Schammasch definitely are completely worth giving a listen to.

Sessions: The Summoned

Somewhere in between the world of Death Metal and Progressive there lies another genre that can be hard to pinpoint but it can be described as a plethora of things. The Summoned takes all of these aspects and throws them into a blender to produce a fury of brutal Death Metal with hints of progressive, technical, jazz, and fusion. Hold on tight this album is sure to deliver one hell of a ride. 

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Berdreyminn: Sólstafir 

Over the years Iceland’s own Sólstafir have been transcending the genre and captivating listeners with their own unique blend of rock. Incorporating an array of elements ranging from Experimental to Psychedelic the Icelandic quartet have paved the road for themselves, moving them to the forefront of the scene. While their roots lie deep in the realm of metal their new album Berdreyminn is a beautiful homage to the various sounds within the bands scope. Translating to “dreamer of forthcoming events” Berdreyminn paints an ambience as vast as the landscapes of their homeland. 

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Hope Attrition: Woe

When a band can leave you feeling voidless and empty but not in a negative fashion you know they possess something special. Woe delivers an unforgivable brew of USBM that will tug at your emotions and dig into the core. After the 2013 album Withdrawl Woe was silent for a time and now they have returned full force with Hope Attrition. They have definitely brought forth an amazing album but with more power and finesse than your typical run of the mill Black Metal. 

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The Metal Wanderlust Talks with RITUAL’S Ian Fleming

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I had the pleasure of asking Ritual’s own Ian Fleming some questions wherein he discusses what is new with the band, upcoming shows, and other random tidbits of information.

What is happening with Ritual, anything new and noteworthy?

We have a new album completed. We are playing Blackest of the Black Fest in Orange County and we have a music video coming out. We just shot day 1 of the video recently at The Steve Allen Theater, which is soon to be demolished and replaced with overpriced condos.

What are the plans for the future?

We are planning a few shows in SoCal and Tijuana. We are also playing in NorCal at Festum Carnis this summer. New shows are getting added to our schedule at a rapidly growing rate. We plan on getting this new album out asap and doing a tour. I am contemplating whether I want to release it independently or deal with a label.

What got you involved in music in the first place?

I was always a very creative kid. I used to draw a lot back then and I was pretty good at it. When I was 14 or so my friend got a guitar for his birthday. He started playing a lot and wanted to start a band. His uncle loaned us a bass and I started playing and started our garage band, played high school battles of the bands, little clubs around town. I was the best singer amongst our little group so I became the vocalist by default.

How do you feel about the internet in today’s music scene?

It’s cool. It has it’s pluses and minuses like anything, and it’s been discussed and debated over and over again. I think most people have heard it all before. But I think overall it’s a good thing. It’s not going away so best to embrace it. I have friends who are not professional artists, who make great music and have a few solid followers. Having that outlet to create and distribute their own music is exciting and it makes their lives and their fans’ lives better. More freedom is always good. There will always be mainstream commercially driven corporation funded music and that’s okay too. Diversity is good.

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