GOATWHORE

Con­strict­ing Rage Of The Mer­ci­less Metal Blade/ Rocket

Blunt - - In Review - BREN­DAN CRABB

It’s a del­i­cate tightrope to walk, be­ing crush­ingly heavy and delv­ing into har­row­ing lyri­cal themes while sub­se­quently re­tain­ing a po­tent catch­i­ness. It’s a trick, though, that these ana­logue-lean­ing New Or­leans bruis­ers con­tinue to make seem ef­fort­less. Fur­ther­ing their bile- spit­ting hy­brid, these dis­eased hymns deliri­ously take cues from thrash’s peak, En­tombed’s death’ n’ roll, tra­di­tion­al­ist black metal and Celtic Frost’s mono­lithic gloom to cre­ate one mighty un­holy union. Whiplash- in­duc­ing tempo changes and charred riffage ought to have diehards and unini­ti­ated alike clutch­ing at in­vis­i­ble or­anges. Con­strict­ing… bot­tles Goatwhore’s live in­ten­sity like a petrol bomb.

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