If you like your metal aggressive and intense, you’re going to want to check out “Vengeful Ascension,” the latest offering from one of the best in blackened death metal, Goatwhore. The band wanted a raw, live feel for their seventh full length album and so turned to their live soundman Jarrett Pritchard for production duties.  This is the second record that Goatwhore has recorded in analog , reel to reel and it totally works for their sound.

The album opens with the thundering drums of Zack Simmons followed by the fierce bass of James Harvey and extreme guitar of Sammy Duet on “Forsaken,” setting the stage for the rest of the record. Lyrically Goatwhore puts a slight twist on their
usual Satanic lyrics tracing the fall of Lucifer and his attempts to ascend back up setting him up as a true anti-hero, a theme which many can relate to in terms of trying to rise up but continually being beaten back down. Musically Goatwhore is
brutal, ripping out your insides with sheer power and force, the perfect match to  frontman Ben Falgoust’s guttural shrieks. Check out the thrashing speed of “Mankind Will Have No Mercy,”  the more traditional black metal vibe of “Abandon
Indoctrination,” and the absolute mayhem and bedlam of “Those Who Denied God’s Will.”

“Vengeful Ascension” is an utter beast of an album. Don’t miss the chance to experience the brain melting metal madness for yourself.

About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978.
My top five live shows ever are:

1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome.

2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours.
3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 – The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked!
4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live.
5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.