Goatwhore Premiere New Song “Chaos Arcane”

Goatwhore have premiered a new song titled “Chaos Arcane.“ The press release says this track is “based on H.P. Lovecraft‘s character Nyarlathotep who attempts to recount the inexplicable sense of fear in expectancy of an unknown evil” and that it “conveys that sensation of impending doom through sound in a way only Goatwhore can.” The band’s new album “Vengeful Ascension“ will be released on June 23.

Goatwhore Announce 2017 North American Tour With Anciients

Goatwhore have announced a North American headlining tour with Anciients. The band’s new album “Vengeful Ascension“ will be released on June 23.

Tour Dates:

06/09 San Antonio, TX – Rock Box
06/10 Lubbock, TX – Backstage
06/11 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
06/12 Flagstaff, AZ – Green Room
06/14 Oakland, CA – Stork Club
06/15 Eugene, OR – Old Nick’s
06/20 Prince George, BC – Generator Cabaret
06/21 Calgary, AB – Distortion
06/22 Edmonton, AB – Brixx
06/23 Regina, SK – Riddell Centre
06/24 Winnipeg, MB – Windsor Hotel
06/25 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock
06/26 Milwaukee, WI – Metal Grill
06/27 Toledo, OH – Frankie’s
06/29 Fayetteville, AR – George’s
06/30 Little Rock, AR – Vino’s
07/01 Huntsville, AL – Maggie Meyers Irish Pub

Goatwhore Reveal Details For New Album “Vengeful Ascension”, Stream Title Track

Goatwhore have announced that their new album “Vengeful Ascension“ will be released June 23. You can stream the title track and check out the cover art/track listing below:

“Vengeful Ascension” Track Listing:

01. “Forsaken”
02. “Under The Flesh, Into The Soul”
03. “Vengeful Ascension”
04. “Chaos Arcane”
05. “Where The Sun Is Silent”
06. “Drowned In Grim Rebirth”
07. “Abandon Indoctrination”
08. “Mankind Will Have No Mercy”
09. “Decayed Omen Reborn”
10. “Those Who Denied God’s Will”

The following was posted about the album:

GOATWHORE will release their anticipated Vengeful Ascension full-length worldwide on June 23rd via Metal Blade Records. The band’s seventh full-length and second recorded reel-to-reel, Vengeful Ascension was captured at Earth Analog in Tolono, Illinois near Champaign, Illinois with longtime soundman and comrade Jarrett Pritchard (1349, Gruesome), breaking a four-album tradition of working with Erik Rutan.

“Working with Rutan was awesome,” says GOATWHORE frontman Ben Falgoust. “We did some great records with him. But you come to a point where you’re like, ‘All right. Let’s try something new.’ It was part of trying to remove ourselves from a comfort zone and a risk thing we needed to take. Plus, we really wanted to hit the essence of where we are live and what better way to harness that than by having our live sound guy involved. Jarrett is knowledgeable with the studio stuff. He also knows how we sound coming out of a PA and we really wanted to get closer to that.”

The resulting ten-track, forty-one-minute production – mixed by Chris Common (Tribulation, Pelican) and mastered by Maor Applebaum (Faith No More, Halford, Today Is The Day) – marches in, clutches its listeners by the throat and refuses to loosen its grip until the abrupt conclusion of “Those Who Denied God’s Will.” A sonic manifestation of war, chaos, desolation, and emotional conflict, seamlessly bridging twenty years of the band’s signature brand of audio venom, it’s a record that 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 while Falgoust’s distinctly commanding roar, his acidic prose more enunciated than ever before, complimenting the apocalyptic proceedings.

“Each song is a representation of Goatwhore. from day one until now. It really shows our evolution as a band,” the frontman reflects. “I don’t think that this band has reached its peak yet. I mean, I think we’re closer now than ever but we’re still growing; we’re still evolving.”

Vengeful Ascension will be available on CD, vinyl (in multiple limited color variations), and digital formats.
Various preorder options are currently available at http://www.metalblade.com/goatwhore where you can also sample Vengeful Ascension’s title track.

Stand by for the official “Vengeful Ascension” video clip, directed by James Foster, to be unveiled in the coming days.
Vengeful Ascension format options:
– Digipak

– Limited “spell book” edition including two CDs (limited to 3000 copies)

– 180g black vinyl

– clear/black-marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)

– sepia/white-splatter vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)

– violet-red marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)

– Clear with black and white swirls (limited to 1500 – US exclusive)

– sepia-marbled vinyl (limited to 100 copies – US exclusive)

* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

While hardly a concept record in the traditional sense, Vengeful Ascension loosely revolves itself around Luciferian notions in title and spirit where the symbol of Lucifer serves not as a fiendish, all-destroying demon but rather an emancipator or guiding light. It’s a theme of struggle and transcendence derived from John Milton’s Paradise Lost epic and one that has appeared, whether directly or indirectly, within Goatwhore works of the past.
“There’s that whole idea of Lucifer being the anti-hero,” elaborates Falgoust. “He’s cast out from this place in Heaven to the depths of nothing. He keeps trying to ascend to the top again but no matter what, there’s always this significant force trying to destroy him at any point and banish him back to Hell. If you look at it from an everyday aspect in life, it’s the idea of people, hitting the bottom of the barrel or you know, things just aren’t going right in life… emotion plays a huge part in how people react. Whether it’s based on love or hatred or sadness or whatever, there’s always an aspect of emotion that drives people to an extent. So the whole idea of a ‘Vengeful Ascension’ is built on being at the bottom, working your way to the top, and realizing along the way that there’s other facets to the journey aside from just pure retribution. Within negativity there can exist a positive angle as well.”
Vengeful Ascension serves as the soundtrack to that luciferious rise straight off with the combative, ritualistic drum onslaught of opening hymn, “Forsaken.” Wholly immersive, each track is alarmingly palpable in subject and corresponding execution. The tense, clandestine battery of “Chaos Arcane,” based on HP Lovecraft’s book Nyarlathotep, a story which attempts to recount the inexplicable sense of fear in expectancy of an unknown evil, conveys that sensation of impending doom through sound in a way only GOATWHORE can. “Mankind Will Have No Mercy,” a pseudo tribute to Bolt Thrower, seethes under the weight of its own wartime sentiment, while the rapid-fire, punkish urgency of “Under The Flesh, Into The Soul,” a first person account of irrepressible resentment, sounds utterly enraged. And with an average runtime of just four minutes, no one song ever overstays its welcome.

Concert Review: Metal Blade Records’ 35th Anniversary Tour Feat. Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, Allegaeon, & Necromancing The Stone In San Francisco, CA

Last night (March 10), I attended the Metal Blade Records 35th Anniversary Tour, feat. Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, Allegaeon, and Necromancing The Stone at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA, and it was an awesome show!

The supergroup Necromancing The Stone opened up the show with their traditional brand of metal. They were a great opening band, who are worth checking out if you haven’t heard of them. The band’s music is like that of NWOBHM acts with some thrash and death elements mixed in, making them appealing to all types of metal fans. A highlight from their set was their performance of “The Siren’s Call.”

Allegaeon took the stage next for an energetic display of technical melodic death metal. Greg Burgess and Michael Stancel’s guitar work was a sight to see. On top of this, vocalist Riley McShane, who is still relatively new to the group, was also cool to see live with his powerful growls/screams. Highlights from their set include “Of Mind and Matrix” and “1.618.”

After Allegaeon, blackened death metallers Goatwhore came out to, as they say, “fuck [the crowd] with Satan.” They were definetly a contender to be considered the strongest act of the night. Between Sammy Duet’s unbelievable guitar shredding and Ben Falgoust’s vocals/stage banter they really put on a great show. Their whole set was basically a party, which was fitting considering Falgoust was celebrating his birthday, which happens to be today (March 11). Highlights from their set include “FBS,” “Baring Teeth For Revolt,” and “Apocalyptic Havoc.”

Goatwhore wrapped up their set, and made way for deathgrind legends Cattle Decapitation to destroy the stage. They were probably the most brutal band of the night, with frontman Travis Ryan being the main attraction of the group. His insane demonic growls and screams are just something you have to witness live, whether your a fan or not. There was so much intensity in their set, that the energy actually transferred to the crowd for the biggest circle pit of the night. If you’re a fan of extreme metal, you should go watch them live if you ever have a chance. Highlights from their set include “We Are Horrible People,” “Pacific Grim,” and “Forced Gender Reassignment.”

Then it was time for the headliners, deathcore masters Whitechapel. The band used dark lighting to create the perfect atmosphere for their music. This combined with frontman Phil Bozeman’s badass growls, and the band’s heavy riffs/sick breakdowns, made for one hell of a show. The group were also really energetic as well, and were able to keep the audience engaged throughout the night. As far as setlists go, they pretty much performed tracks spanning their whole catalog, offering a perfect balance of old and new. Highlights included their opening track “The Saw Is the Law,” “Our Endless War,” “I, Dementia,” “Mark Of The Blade,” and their encore “This Is Exile.”

Necromancing The Stone Added To Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, & Allegaeon 2017 Tour

Necromancing The Stone have been added to the Metal Blade Records 35th anniversary tour. As previously announced this trek will feature Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, and Allegaeon.

Tour Dates:

02/22 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
02/23 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
02/24 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
02/25 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
02/26 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
02/27 Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache
02/29 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
03/01 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe @ Old National Centre
03/02 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
03/03 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
03/04 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
03/05 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
03/06 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
03/08 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
03/09 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
03/10 San Francisco, CA – The FIllmore
03/11 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
03/14 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
03/15 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
03/16 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues

Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, & Allegaeon Set For Metal Blade Records’ 35th Anniversary Tour

Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, and Allegaeon have announced a U.S. tour together. The trek was put together as part Metal Blade Records’ 35th anniversary celebration.

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Tour Dates:

02/22 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
02/23 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
02/24 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
02/25 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
02/26 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
02/27 Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache
02/29 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
03/01 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe @ Old National Centre
03/02 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
03/03 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
03/04 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
03/05 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
03/06 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
03/08 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
03/09 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
03/10 San Francisco, CA – The FIllmore
03/11 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
03/14 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
03/15 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
03/16 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues