Goatwhore
Blood For The Master


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (196 Reviews)
February 22nd, 2012 | 83 replies | 7,764 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Blood, sinew and bone marrow; Goatwhore’s Blood For The Master is a novelty that isn’t wearing off.

It’s not exactly unknown to long term Goathwhore fans that they have been releasing essentially the same album over and over again. The band tinker with little variations here and there that still captivate the metal community and their fans anew. The music found on Blood For The Master doesn’t allow listeners to praise anything that may be revolutionary or innovative. But for Goatwhore, there is something here that keeps people coming back for more. Since coming to the world’s stage in the year 2000 listeners have seen a steady decaying in the quality of music the band has released. Thankfully the band’s 2012 release punches the disbelievers in the face and lays down the foundation of some solid material to come. A sound, which may one day see Goatwhore to the top of their game, releasing some undeniably classic material.

Consistency, of all things Goatwhore can do, it’s maintaining a high level of song writing, not only from record to record but within the tracks themselves. The lesson here for newcomers to the blacked death metal genre is that; if it ain’t broke, there’s no need to fix it. Blood For The Master’s tracks all feel as thoughthey are going somewhere, drawing the listener in with rapid and even vocal phrasing growled to reinforce the themes of gore, hell and other ‘evil’ titles. Combined with edgy eighties styled guitar riffs, perfectly balanced drum work (listeners won’t find anything in the drumkit that overdoes songs sections, nor is it a constant barrage of blast-beating and double bass work) and bass that is not only heard but reinforces the other rhythmic sections and promotes a fuller sound over the length of the album.

Right from the opening track ‘Collapse In Eternal Worth’ it gets pretty easy to see where the rest of the record is going. There is no let up, nobody looking for a white flag waving surrender. This is straight forward, up-tempo, distorted anti-Christian blackened death metal. Ironically, from a band that call themselves ‘Goatwhore’ and preach ‘anti-Christian values’ listeners are exposed to some extremely tasteful guitar solos. Where shredding is just as important as melodic leads that reinforce some of the chordal structures of tracks, the instrumental talents of guitarist Sammy Duet are highlighted here, listeners already know that he can craft some incredibly catchy, groove inspired riffs but it’s in the lead work that is often limited to one section of any particular song that listeners can come to respect Duet as a highly capable solo guitarist.

Overall, Blood For The Master isn’t anything out of the ordinary for Goatwhore. Built from a very solid backbone, practised and straight-forward Blood For The Master displays an album so safe it’s only acceptable for the band to fall into the ‘unchanging’ or ‘heard before’ category. Luckily for them those typical descriptions for any other band are roughly ignored by the band’s listeners. They prove that there music is so solid, so very consistent that Goatwhore is a novelty that keeps people coming back for more, and for the most part content.



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iFghtffyrdmns
February 22nd 2012



7047 Comments


the first sentence of the first paragraph would read a little better with essentially placed right after have been.

Also there's a couple sentences in here that don't make sense or just aren't actually sentences... last sentence of the first paragraph, first sentence of the second paragraph.

Blood For The Master’s tracks all feel as though they are going...


proofread!

gaslightanthem
February 22nd 2012



5209 Comments


same rating as p4k except they score out of 10, neat huh?!?!

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2012



6937 Comments


Edits made, sentences re-arranged. Hope it works a little better.

BugZoid
February 22nd 2012



331 Comments


"It’s not exactly unknown to long term Goathwhore fans that they have been releasing essentially the same album over and over again."

I love that you started with this sentence. Very ballsy to do so and then go on to prove why this isn't such an issue. Great job.

DoubtGin
February 22nd 2012



6748 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

meh

Muse1748
February 22nd 2012



160 Comments


I actually saw this on iTunes and was pretty intrigued; review may have just sealed the deal. Great review, man. Have a pos.

eggsvonsatan
February 22nd 2012



1087 Comments


I don't really agree that' they've been releasing the same album. Sure they're not reinventing the wheel each time like Death or Ulver, but there are new elements to be found on each record. That being said, I haven't listened to this album.

Hawks
February 22nd 2012



34582 Comments


I really like this band. I'm definitely gonna have to listen to this.

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MO
February 22nd 2012



18259 Comments


ok album

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Yuma310
February 22nd 2012



1656 Comments


such a good review, pos

TheSpirit
February 22nd 2012



17184 Comments


band sucks

Digging: vhmnt / blsphm - vhmnt / blsphm

Uranium
February 22nd 2012



7050 Comments


Some parts are repetitive but i'm enjoying this.

TheSpirit
February 22nd 2012



17184 Comments


"A sound, which may one day see Goatwhore to the top of their game, releasing some undeniably classic material, unfortunately this could go either way."

wat

TheSpirit
February 22nd 2012



17184 Comments


"Consistency, of all things Goatwhore can do, it’s maintaining a high level of song writing, not only from record to record but within the tracks themselves."


wat [2]

"The lesson here for newcomers to the blacked death metal genre is that,; if it ain’t broke, there’s no need to fix it"


wat [3]

The Master’s tracks all feel as thoughthey are going somewhere, drawing the listener in with rapid and even vocal phrasing growled to reinforce the themes of gore, hell and other ‘evil’ titles.


self explanatory

Combined with edgy eighties styled guitar riffs, perfectly balanced drum work (listeners won’t find anything in the drumkit that overdoes songs sections, nor is it a constant barrage of blast-beating and double bass work) and bass that is not only heard but reinforces the other rhythmic sections and promotes a fuller sound over the length of the album.


...

This is straight forward, up-tempo, distorted anti-Christian blackened death metal.


You already said it's straightforward, saying it's uptempo and distorted is redundant considering that is what most blackened death metal is

Ironically, from a band that call themselves ‘Goatwhore’ and preach ‘anti-Christian values’ listeners are exposed to some extremely tasteful guitar solos.


I don't think you understand irony.

Where shredding is just as important as melodic leads that reinforce some of the chordal structures of tracks, the instrumental talents of guitarist Sammy Duet are highlighted here, listeners already know that he can craft some incredibly catchy, groove inspired riffs but it’s in the lead work that is often limited to one section of any particular song that listeners can come to respect Duet as a highly capable solo guitarist.


WHAT

Luckily for them those typical descriptions for any other band are roughly ignored by the band’s listeners. They prove that there music is so solid, so very consistent that Goatwhore is a novelty that keeps people coming back for more, and for the most part content.


Sorry, but this review is awful. If it was maybe one of your first I would understand but you're at 75 and a lot of these mistakes could have been easily preventable.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2012



18055 Comments


yeah some of these sentences are like, 10 commas to long

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MO
February 22nd 2012



18259 Comments


premature ejacu-feature

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2012



6937 Comments


Cmon Spirit i'm used to you busting my balls over these reviews (hell i'm pretty sure you've been reading them since #1 or 2) but some of those "wats" are pretty self explanatory.

I don't think you understand irony.

The irony here isn't as blatant as say... a pirate going overboard to commit suicide to be kept alive by his floating wooden leg. This is more of a 'the ideaes that this band present may not be very tasteful to a broader community, but the music they produce is.'

I'll take what you've done here under advisement, i was actually going for something new with this review, but from the feedback I can't really tell whether it worked. Thanks man.


balcaen
February 22nd 2012



3183 Comments


i've heard so much good shit about this and BAM sputnik 3.6. hm

TheSpirit
February 22nd 2012



17184 Comments


I'm not trying to be a dick, but dude this is some lame work and you're capable of better



NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2012



6937 Comments


Nah Spirit, you've been looking at my reviews for long enough for me to know you're not. Truth be told I was trying out a more complacated style of writing and may have moderately fucked up. I still maintain the general idea worked the execution; not so much.



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