Goatwhore
A Haunting Curse


4.0
excellent

Review

by BallsToTheWall USER (231 Reviews)
September 24th, 2007 | 55 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Blackened death metal for the misinformed and desolate people hiding beyond society's walls.

Goatwhore are a blackened death metal band from the weather ravaged parts of New Orleans, Louisiana. Their newest release pulls many influences together and creates a pulverizing mix of extreme music tailor-made for aggressive people. "A Haunting Curse" blends traditional death metal with elements of black metal, and sludge into a melting pot of hard hitting music. Heavily drenched in southern influences and the full out emotions occurring from the aftermath of Katrina, one can hear the frustration and rage put into the music by this band. Speedy mid tempo riffing full of grooves hitting the right spot as the vocals tear away into undeniable catchiness, and pounding drumming cement the excellent song writing skills by the band.


Ben Falgoust - Vocals

Sammy Duet - Guitars and Vocals

Nathan Bergeron - Bass and Vocals

Zack Simmons - Drums


A Haunting Curse is a straightforward anger filled romp against all that is decent. Full of sinister lyrics, sharp sadistic vocals, pounding drums playing slow to fast patterns, and thick thudding grooves holding the rhythm and setting the tone of the album. This is not low production black metal, nor is it Christian rock, what Goatwhore play is extreme metal. Furious tempo changes, plenty of blast beat's and lightning quick double bass take place with Ben's revolting vocal style holding center stage. It is very clear what side the boys of Goatwhore stand for, as the rage ridden music becomes uglier and darker as time progresses. Many influences are shown on their third disk as elements of Crowbar, Celtic Frost, and the blacker moments of venom are merged with Goatwhore's signature style of blasphemous metal form to make music fit for Satan himself. Their last CD "Funeral Dirge For A Rotting Sun" has nothing on this album as "A Haunting Curse" is filled with more aggression and hatred then ever shown in the past albums.

All the tracks open up with unrelenting rage towards the listeners, as those who listen feel their pain and open their eyes to the world, only to find the world is becoming a horrible place. Sammy Duet the lone guitarist, holds the pace of the album, laying down Pantera inspired groove's as the verse's lead on to the choruses‘. The foundation of the music starts with the solid guitar work. Riffs hit hard and provide the power of the album with fast catchy riffs that retain the trademark Goatwhore sound. When the verse's lead into the choruses’ is when Goatwhore is at full strength. Sammy and Ben trade off, providing the harsh vocals throughout the disk. Sammy throws down really well, shining in the darker moments, adding a bleak atmosphere as Ben goes spews his vile lyrical content at the listener. Ben bellows angrily in a strong vocal performance with his menacing growls, spewing the darkness in his heart throughout the disk, expressing his hate against religion and other typical imagery in a menacing tone, savoring each moment as the hellish music pours forward. Now, Ben uses a more straightforward guttural approach, not the typical high pitch shrieks commonly used in black metal, but adding filth and vileness to his voice, adding a sinister edge to the music being played.

Drumming is very skilled as Zach Simmons is highly talented with his kit. Very often, he switches around slow to mid tempo work, showing off with rapid double bass patterns, numerous fills, and hard hitting blast beats. Pounding drum work give’s in to slower patterns as the riffs and screams give in to a excruciatingly blasphemous chorus that will have people tearing out their hair in a moment of insanity. " Forever Consumed Oblivion" is one of many standout tracks on this album. Opening with fast double bass, as Ben's vocals light up the air with his anger. Sammy's riffing heads on to the verse, providing a continuation of the hellish atmosphere being given off from the music. Production is handled well as Eric Rutan lives up to his name. However, the production is not clean and pristine as in such typical metal core bands, but instead gives off a raw and dirty feel.


Goatwhore add their own twist to the extreme metal genre that is slowly drying up due to a lack of originality and laziness. Goatwhore have added another solid metal album to there belt. Fans of death metal and straightforward black metal should eat this up and a limited number of flaws with the album as everything seems to blend perfectly well into the music. The evil is overflowing, so every sinner out there should find this to be the perfect disk to throw the horns up too.
Pros:

Down and dirty, heavy and blasphemous.
Instrumentation played well, especially a strong showing from the drummer.
Bens vocals are a strong performance throughout the disk.

Cons:
Lyrics are quite standard among the anti religious metal bands.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SCREAM!
September 24th 2007


15755 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I have 3 songs on this and it dont find it to be anything special. I rarely listen to them.

Erratic
September 24th 2007


1120 Comments


It sounds very...evil.

masscows
September 24th 2007


2230 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Pretty good review. This album is pretty good, kind of a mixed bag but sometimes feels like the influences are taken in really weird directions that don't fit.



This:

Their last CD "Funeral Dirge For A Rotting Sun" has nothing on this album as "A Haunting Curse" is filled with more aggresion and hatred then ever shown in the latter album.

you misused latter

and this:
The ghost's of Euronymous and Jon Nodveidt are smiling as they see the birth of American music done right.
i lol'd

Thor
September 24th 2007


10270 Comments


These guys are ok from the 3 songs I've heard by them.

Crysis
Emeritus
September 24th 2007


17368 Comments


I've heard of this band before from somewhere, although I can't remember where. Would you say this album is Melodic Black Metal like Dissection?

Thor
September 24th 2007


10270 Comments


Dissection rapes this band.

SCREAM!
September 24th 2007


15755 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The singer kinda reminds me of Dimmu Borgir. But that might be just me.



Thor's right tooThis Message Edited On 09.24.07

BallsToTheWall
September 24th 2007


49337 Comments


No. More straightforward blackened death with sludge metal influence packing some serious groove and anti christian belief.

Digging: Amelia Arsenic - Queen of Risk

Crysis
Emeritus
September 24th 2007


17368 Comments


Dissection rapes this band.


I agree with that.


I'll take at look at this, but I like melody in my music, except in straightforward Black Metal.

masscows
September 24th 2007


2230 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5



I've heard of this band before from somewhere, although I can't remember where. Would you say this album is Melodic Black Metal like Dissection?
Hell no

Crysis
Emeritus
September 24th 2007


17368 Comments


Hell no


lol, I kinda thought of that since Jon Nodveidt was mentioned in the review.

BallsToTheWall
September 24th 2007


49337 Comments


Dissection and Goatwhore cant really be compared. Sounds are different, etc. Alot of evil to be found on here though.

Crysis
Emeritus
September 24th 2007


17368 Comments


Dissection pretty much can't be topped in terms of Blackened Death Metal.

BallsToTheWall
September 24th 2007


49337 Comments


I hate to pidgeonhole bands into genres but I thought Dissection were more on the lines of Melodic black metal. I guess I slightly hear the death metal influence.

blackmilk
September 24th 2007


583 Comments


i am throwing up the hornz to this indecent review!

Crysis
Emeritus
September 24th 2007


17368 Comments


I hate to pidgeonhole bands into genres but I thought Dissection were more on the lines of Melodic black metal.


I agree with you there, but the more common reference for their genre is Blackened Death Metal, because some don't consider them black metal at all. I agree with melodic black metal though.

Tyler
Emeritus
September 24th 2007


7925 Comments


A Haunting Curse is a straightforward anger filled romp against all that is decent.

Uh, so it sucks? Wrong adjective, surely. I'd re-word this.
This is not low production black metal, nor is it christian rock

Was this necessary?
blast beat ridden damage

what? watch your adjectives.
Goatwhore play's a blackened death metal, as if Satan himself is the pupeteer of the instruments being played.

what? *plays blackened death metal, and the Satanic puppeteer statement isn't really necessary at all.
The evil is overflowing, so every sinner out there should find this to be the perfect disk to throw the horns up too.

what? this doesn't tell me anything.
The ghost's of Euronymous and Jon Nodveidt are smiling as they see the birth of American music done right.

*Ghosts.

To be honest this review doesn't say anything. There are grammar mistakes aplenty, and the adjectives are either improperly used or, well, tacky. You should focus more on reviewing and summarizing the sound rather than proclaiming in some overly dramatic tone just how evil you find it.

I won't neg it, but it was a close call.This Message Edited On 09.24.07

fathergoat
September 24th 2007


55 Comments


Clever name.

blackmilk
September 24th 2007


583 Comments


now that i know this christian rock i can properly throw up some fuckin hornz to this

BallsToTheWall
September 24th 2007


49337 Comments


First time the big guys comment a review of mine, the bleakest one I might add. Thank you Cocaine, and just the way the vocals sound, adds an edge to it.



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