Blood For The Master (Metal Blade)
After releasing the excellent albums A Haunting Curse and Carving Out The Eyes Of God, Goatwhore have released what is easily the best album of their career, Blood For the Master. Curse was primarily a death metal album, while Carving really showed the band bringing out more of the black metal influence. This album has that equal ground that the other albums were missing.
Led by the stellar single “Collapse In Eternal Worth,” this shows just how much Goatwhore have grown into their music. After a wicked black metal intro, they slap false metal across the face with the brutal death-thrash that only they can pull off. The actual riffs don’t really change much, but instead Sammy just changes the pitch and execution of the riffs. This is the musical equivalent of the rhino tank in Grand Theft Auto (Goatwhore) running into a crowded intersection full of cars and people (everything else).
For a more groove metal approach, “When Steel And Bone Meet” does that very well. I mean, the name of the track literally speaks for itself. A little off putting after going through the brutality of the last track, but it is on par with most of the metal that is out there today. Falgoust really steps up the menacing factor of his vocals with this track. Fast and furious metal is the core.
One thing that really sets this album apart from the rest is that they explore a lot more musical territory instead of being tied down with a specific formula. “In Deathless Tradition” is a slowed down and heavy behemoth of a song that runs down the competition. Full of sludgy black metal riffs and healthy doses of chugging groove, “Deathless” is a track that will be the soundtrack of that really big guy that annihilates the pit.
“Beyond the Spell of Discontent” injects more of their punk/black metal roots in the album. It has a lot of the same type of guitar tones and riffs that are synonymous with black metal. Combine this with the production difference of the drums as compared with the rest of the album and you will see for yourself. Along with the speed and raw feel of punk, and you have a track that stands on its own from the rest of the album.
This is another prime example of a band that sticks their past catalogue in a oak barrel till it ferments even more, then adds in more new flavors to create the signature blend of Louisiana whiskey that Goatwhore delivers.
By: Ridge “Deadite” Briel