MetalBite Review by Adam M on 9/20/2017 12:33:30 PM
Goatwhore’s music spews forth with venomous intent. This is music that rollicks along at a nice pace and puts forth the pedal on the metal. The songs are doomy, but more rooted in the sludge, black metal and death metal genres. While it doesn’t belong exclusively with one genre, the album seems content to jump around to different genres at the blink of an eye.
What seems to be consistent with all of the songs, however, is the groove present. The songs will induce head banging in the greatest sense possible. When we break down the band musically, we can see fine things. The vocals are spiteful, but accessible enough to dig into. The guitar riffs have that same element of groove that something like Celtic Frost has. The drumming provides a nice backdrop to the remainder of the music in fine fashion. Altogether, the music of the band is tight and fiery. The music of this band seems to be most rooted in the sludgy type that has a strong NOLA element present.
The tunes here are successful, but perhaps not the best the band has shown us. That honor would go to my personal favorite Blood for the Master. Still, songs like Where the Sun is Silent have their own unique impact on the listener. The mid-paced groove of the tracks is wonderful to behold and unique to the band’s sound. Still, there isn’t anything overly original to be found on this recording. If you’ve delved into the band’s back catalogue at all, you’ll find songs that are similar to those that are found here. Still, this formula is one that is exciting and still sounds fairly fresh. Thus, make sure to check out Vengeful Ascension.
Rating: 7.6 out of 10