GOATWHORE will join long-running metal giants Arch Enemy on their North American headlining tour this fall. The journey kicks off on September 28th in Providence, Rhode Island and will rampage its way through a total of twenty-two venues upon its conclusion on October 27th in Sayerville, New Jersey. Additional support will be provided by Uncured. Tickets go on sale this Friday May 4th at 10:00am local time.

The tour follows the band’s short European run supporting Dying Fetus in August. The European Annihilation summer tour rolls from August 6th through August 22nd and includes a stop at Into The Grave fest in Leeuwarden, Netherlands. Additional support will come from Carnifex, Toxic Holocaust, and Venom Prison on select dates.

GOATWHORE‘s previously announced stretch of live abrasions supporting Satyricon begins May 13th in Los Angeles, California. The near three-week trek concludes on May 30th in Austin, Texas with several headlining shows confirmed prior to and during the journey. See all confirmed dates below.

 

GOATWHORE:
5/11/2018 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
5/12/2018 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
w/ Satyricon:
5/13/2018 Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA
5/14/2018 Metro Opera House – Oakland, CA
5/15/2018 Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR
5/16/2018 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
5/18/2018 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
5/19/2018 The Truman – Kansas City, MO
5/20/2018 The Forge – Joliet, IL
5/21/2018 Al Rosa Villa – Columbus, OH
5/22/2018 Mac’sBar – Lansing, MI
5/23/2018 The Opera House – Toronto, ON
5/24/2018 Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
5/25/2018 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
5/26/2018 Angels Rock Bar – Baltimore, MD Free Show *
5/28/2018 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas, TX
5/29/2018 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
5/30/2018 Come and Take it Live! – Austin, TX
* No Satyricon
End Tour
w/ Dying Fetus:
8/06/2018 Proxima – Warsaw, PL w/ Toxic Holocaust
8/07/2018 Bi Nuu – Berlin, DE w/ Toxic Holocaust
8/11/2018 Into The Grave Fest – Leeuwarden, NL w/ Paradise Lost, Toxic Holocaust, Nails, more
8/12/2018 L’Entrepôt – Arlon, BE w/ Carnifex
8/13/2018 Islington Academy – London, UK w/ Carnifex, Toxic Holocaust, Venom Prison
8/14/2018 Club Academy – Manchester, UK w/ Carnifex, Toxic Holocaust, Venom Prison
8/15/2018 Kulttempel – Oberhausen, DE w/ Carnifex, Toxic Holocaust, Venom Prison
8/16/2018 Chez Paulette – Pagney-derrière-Barine, FR w/ Carnifex, Toxic Holocaust, Venom Prison
8/17/2018 Summer Breeze Fest – Dinkelsbuhl, DE
8/18/2018 Petit Bain – Paris, FR w/ Venom Prison
8/20/2018 Secret Place – Montpellier, FR w/ Toxic Holocaust, Venom Prison
8/21/2018 Kiff – Aarau, CH w/ Carnifex, Toxic Holocaust, Venom Prison
8/22/2018 Spazio Naif – Milano, IT w/ Carnifex, Toxic Holocaust, Venom Prison
End Tour
w/ Arch Enemy, Uncured:
9/28/2018 The Strand – Providence, RI
9/29/2018 The Space at Westbury – Westbury, NY
9/30/2018 Reverb – Reading, PA
10/02/2018 The NorVa – Norfolk, VA
10/03/2018 Arizona Pete’s – Greensboro, NC
10/05/2018 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
10/06/2018 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL
10/07/2018 Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
10/09/2018 Saturn – Birmingham, AL
10/10/2018 The Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN
10/12/2018 The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
10/13/2018 Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI
10/14/2018 Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
10/16/2018 Piere’s Entertainment Center – Ft. Wayne, IN
10/17/2018 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
10/19/2018 The Forge – Joliet, IL
10/20/2018 Agora Theatre and Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
10/21/2018 The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
10/23/2018 London Music Hall – London, ON
10/25/2018 Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
10/26/2018 The Chance Theater – Poughkeepsie, NY
10/27/2018 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ

 

GOATWHORE is touring in support of latest full-length, Vengeful Ascension, released June 2017 via Metal Blade Records. Their seventh full-length offering and second recorded reel-to-reel, Vengeful Ascension was captured at Earth Analog in Tolono, Illinois with longtime soundman and comrade Jarrett Pritchard (1349, Gruesome). MetalSucks named Vengeful Ascension the band’s, “most vital album since 2006’s A Haunting Curse,” and one, guaranteed to frighten your grandmother directly into her grave.”

The critically-lauded offering toppled Billboard charts upon its first week of release earning the #4 spot on Billboard’s Heatseeker Albums chart, #6 on the Hard Rock Album Sales chart, #11 on the Independent Albums chart, #16 on the Hard Rock Albums chart, #18 on the Rock Album Sales chart, #49 on the Top 200 Current Albums chart, and #59 on the Top 200 Albums chart making it the band’s highest charting album to date! In Canada the record was met with equal accolades debuting at #19 on the Hard Music chart and #145 on the Top Albums chart.

Vengeful Ascension is out NOW on Metal Blade Records on CD, vinyl, and digital formats. To preview and purchase the record visit metalblade.com/goatwhore.

 

 “The album roars with the classic GOATWHORE sound of searing shredding and screams of rage. The material also tries some new things, tossing in a bit of blackened atmosphere, adding to the philosophical questions the music dives into.” — Alternative Press

 

“Turning frowns upside down with metal steeped in gloom isn’t supposed to be a thing, but in incorporating more classic influences, GOATWHORE has (in)advertently offered Vengeful Ascension as a link between battle jackets and monk robes. 8/10″ — Decibel Magazine

 

“…the most mature recording in the GOATWHORE canon… Its combination of disparate subgenres from opposite ends of the structural and melodic continuum is masterful, resulting in a remarkably non-contrasting display of good and evil; that being good songs that sound as evil as all hell. 4/5″ — Team Rock

 

“…the high water mark that GOATWHORE have set for themselves thus far… 9/10″ — Metal Injection

 

“Vengeful Ascension has extremity black metal fans will dig, groove that will appeal to death metal aficionados, and potent guitar work thrash lovers can appreciate.” — Loudwire

 

“Vengeful Ascension proves that the band is firing on all cylinders, standing tall as one of extreme metal’s leading bands. 9/10” — Blabbermouth

 

GOATWHORE Recording Lineup:
Louis B. Falgoust II – vocals
Sammy Duet – guitars, vocals
Zack Simmons – drums
James Harvey – bass

GOATWHORE Touring Lineup:
Louis B. Falgoust II – vocals
Sammy Duet – guitars, vocals
Zack Simmons – drums
Robert “TA” Coleman – bass

Forged by former Acid Bath/Crowbar guitarist Sammy Duet in 1997, it’s been two decades since Goatwhore reared its menacing head from the swamplands of New Orleans, Louisiana. The band’s winding history a dramatic, at times traumatic, sequence of personnel changes, fatal injuries, paranormal activity, natural disasters, and an assortment of other misadventures large and small, their tale begins with the primitive rumblings of the Serenades To The Tides Of Blood demo and subsequent Eclipse Of Ages Into Black debut released in 1998 and 2000 respectively. Then a five-piece comprised of Duet, Soilent Green vocalist Ben Falgoust, guitarist Ben Stout, bassist Patrick Bruders and drummer Zak Nolan, Goatwhore’s DIY work ethic, persistent tour schedule and warring, fuck-all approach of songs like “Invert The Virgin” and “Desolate Path To Apocalyptic Ruin” helped spawn a loyal following compelled by the band’s unrepentant Celtic Frostian rhythms and corrosive black death bayou swagger.

 

A slower, more introverted affair, Funeral Dirge For The Rotting Sun followed in 2003. The record trailed a near-fatal van crash that left Falgoust temporarily paralyzed and the future of the band uncertain. Against medical odds, Falgoust regained use of his legs and the band, now a four-piece with Duet taking on full guitar duties, quickly returned to the road. Seemingly plagued by bouts of disaster, 2005 found the band fleeing the desolating flood waters of Hurricane Katrina. Delayed but undeterred, Goatwhore’s first Metal Blade Records release — 2006’s A Haunting Curse, which featured the revised lineup of Duet, Falgoust, drummer Zack Simmons (ex-Nachtmystium) and bassist Nathan Bergeron — proved their most vicious manifestation yet. The record was captured at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida with Erik Rutan (Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal), who would go on to record the band’s next three studio offerings. Wholly embracing their long-avowed Hellhammer and Venom devoutness without pirating it, A Haunting Curse is relentless in speed, precision and brazen hostility and six years later, “Diabolical Submergence Of Rebirth,” would make its way to HBO award-winning drama series, Treme.

 

By 2009, Goatwhore unleashed the nefarious craftings of Carving Out The Eyes Of God. A behemoth recording in sound, mind and spirit, the record ranked among the year’s most worthy metal albums by fans and critics globally, debuting on the Billboard Hard Music chart at #33, the Billboard Top New Artist (Heatseekers) chart at #16, and the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart at #34. No small feat for a blatantly non-mainstream band. Decibel Magazine hailed the band’s, “rigid tempo shifts, gargantuan hooks, blasting black mass anthems, and Falgoust’s soot and venom snarl,” while Outburn likened it to, “a modern day, ‘roid-injected sword fight between Celtic Frost and Venom.”

 

For the next two years, Goatwhore maintained an unyielding tour schedule, reducing cities throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia to rubble with their notoriously crushing, live performance. Further educating the potentially unversed, unofficial Goat’ anthem, “Apocalyptic Havoc,” appeared on the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 game soundtracks for Splatterhouse and Saints Row 3, while the video for the song was featured in an episode of Last Call with Carson Daly. 2011 closed with a win of Best Hard Rock/Metal Artist at the annual Big Easy Awards, which pays tribute and honor to the city’s performing talent.

 

Resting only long enough to conjure more audio pandemonium, Goatwhore undraped the chart-topping, critically-lauded Blood For The Master full-length in 2012. Now featuring Duet, Falgoust, Simmons and bassist James Harvey, who joined the cloven-hoofed ranks in 2009 following the exit of Nathan Bergeron, the record found Louisiana’s notorious metal horde at their most unified. Delivering a ruthless onslaught of fist-pumping, heathen anthems, and rhythmic obliteration bedecked in the enticingly unhallowed prose of Falgoust who succinctly dubbed the record, “evil rock ‘n’ roll.”

 

The maniacal hymns of Constricting Rage Of The Merciless arrived in 2014 and marked the band’s first studio effort to be tracked to two-inch tape, a more challenging approach that demands performance over pro-tooled perfection and leaving little room for error. Boasting a more urgent, ominous and blatantly reckless demeanor than its predecessors, the record again surpassed previous efforts in composition and execution consequently debuting at #81 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, topping their last entry position of #171 with Blood For The Master. Elsewhere, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless ranked in at #21 on Billboard’s Rock chart, #7 on the Hard Rock chart, and #13 on the Independent chart while third album single, “Baring Teeth For Revolt,” made its audio debut in CBS crime drama series Elementary. Welcoming live bassist Robert “TA” Coleman (Warmaster, Hod), a tireless tour calendar, including shows with Samhain as well as well as a converted performance at Ozzfest-meets-Knotfest opening Black Sabbath’s final West Coast show, followed. And now, the time for Vengeful Ascension has come.

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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.