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  GOATWHORE
'Blood For The Master'
(Metal Blade)


Jools Green

jools green



goatwhore blood for the master

Goatwhore, spewing forth from New Orleans, have been the ferocious face of Blackened Death Metal for fifteen years. Boasting the terrifying tonsils of Louis B Falgoust on vocals, Sammy Duet, ex Acid Bath/Crowbar, on backing vocals and guitars, James Harvey on bass and Zach Simmonds, ex Nachtmystium, on drums, the result is a frantic assault on the eardrums and I wouldn't want it any other way!

'Blood For The Master' is the fifth full length album from Goatwhore. Following on from their convention shattering 'Carving Out The Eyes Of God' (2009), the band have had their work cut out to improve on what was an absolute ear-shredding masterpiece. No one's going home disappointed though, they have and how!!

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The dual vocals of Louis and Sammy are amazingly effective because they are similar enough to blend together but different enough to give a power and depth. At times you find yourself wondering whether there are one or two vocalists on vocal duty.

Add to this the incessant, fast paced guitars, maniacal drumming all tied together with a solid set of lyrics and you have the framework for an album of epic Metal proportions.

This album consists of ten excellent tracks and choosing a favourite is pretty much impossible. The standard and pace is consistent throughout the whole album. Because of this consistently high standard the tracks seem to flow pretty much into each other, sweeping you along with them.

Although I can't choose a standout track' because they are all equally excellent, I have to say some of the lyrics really floated my Goat because of their brutal yet poetic, occult heavy content.

I could have picked an extract from pretty much any of the tracks but this is just one example, from the opening track;

"Bound in serpent's coil,
"A final breath beneath this bitter soul,
"Fractured hands of time,
"These frozen moments of a sick design,
"Spoiled with ageless blood,
(From 'Collapse In Eternal Worth')

The album was recorded in St Petersburg, Florida at Mana recording studios and produced by Eric Rutan, friend of the band, who also worked with Goatwhore on 'A Haunting Curse' (2006) and 'Carving Out The Eyes Of God' (2009).

As a result the same excellent standard achieved on both of those albums is continued in 'Blood For The Master'. This is an essential album in any serious Metalhead's collection

17.2.12





WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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