Carving Out the Eyes of God

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Band Name Goatwhore
Album Name Carving Out the Eyes of God
Type Album
Released date 23 June 2009
Produced by Erik Rutan
Music StyleThrash Black
Members owning this album63

Tracklist

1. Apocalyptic Havoc 03:16
2. The All-Destroying 03:13
3. Carving Out the Eyes of God 04:19
4. Shadow of a Rising Knife 04:38
5. Provoking the Ritual of Death 03:43
6. In Legions, I Am Wars of Wrath 04:33
7. Reckoning of the Soul Made Godless 03:50
8. This Passing into the Power of Demons 04:26
9. Razor Flesh Devoured 04:16
10. To Mourn and Forever Wander Through Forgotten Doorways 04:18
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11. Between the Immense and the Dead 04:00
Total playing time 40:41

Review @ hack

20 January 2010

Every song jams and you will want to let this album play...

Guitarist Sammy Duet started this band. He was the guitarist for Acid Bath, they split up in 1997. This is the fourth release from Goatwhore and the second release with Metal Blade Records. They were more able to concentrate on the music for this album, unlike when they had worked on A Haunting Curse, with the distraction of Hurricane Katrina. The band wrote this album, while (vocalist)Ben Falgoust was off touring with his other band, Soilent Green. Ben added his ideas to these songs upon his return. This album is tighter and more direct than their previous albums. Nathan Bergeron(bass) and Zack Simmons(drums) have greatly improved on this album. They used the same producer, Erik Rutan, that they used with A Haunting Curse. Because they are comfortable with him and it was less stressful for the band than to work with someone new.

This new release takes on the same style as A Haunting Curse, but these new songs are more explosive, with relentless thrashing. The songs also have similar themes of darkness, violence, and the occult. They claim to be heavily influenced by Celtic Frost and Venom. But they're not taking these influences and regurgitating them into a cheap imitation, they've got an unmistakable style of their own. They thrash very melodically, with lots of catchy hooks, and heavy bass riffs. The vocals of Falgoust add an element of humor to the lyrical darkness.

Every song jams and you will want to let this album play all the way through. But rather than to bore you with a superfluous rambling of words, I'll just describe the best songs from this album. Shadow Of A Rising Knife shreds along melodically and at a speedy tempo. The guitar playing is incredible, then their is a bass interlude where I notice an influence from the Kreator song, Riot Of Violence. Reckoning Of The Soul Made Godless, is a very energetic song that bounces between high and low notes. The guitar expertise of Sammy Duet approaches the threshold of technical thrash on this song. The Passing Into The Power Of Demons thrashes incessantly, this is a bad ass song with a wicked attitude, but it's a very fast song. Razor Godless Devoured, shreds with a very hypnotic melody. As the song progresses, there are thunderous bass riffs playing belligerent hooks.

It's been three years since their previous release and Carving Out the Eyes of God take the band to the next level. I didn't think that The Haunting Curse could be topped, but they proved me wrong. I'm amazed that a world class brutal death metal band could come out of New Orleans, a city that is famous for it's rhythm and blues music. Their style reminds me of Destruction or Necronomicon(Germany). I don't recognize any resemblance to Celtic Frost or Venom, unlike the comparisons that others have suggested.

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Demogorefest - 20 January 2010: Goatwhore's new album was definantly one of the best releases of 2009 and their best work by far
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Review @ Crinn

26 August 2012

One of the best thrash black records out there

Thrash black tends to be one of the smaller genres out there. But one thing is for sure, there are a small handful of some pretty damn big bands from there. All of the ones that I’M aware of are Skeletonwitch, Melechesh, Hellhammer, and Goatwhore. I originally was introduced to Goatwhore when I saw them live in 2010 at a show headlined by DevilDriver (my first time ever hearing them as well) along with Suffocation (the only reason I was there) and Thy Will Be Done. Due to my lack of interest in Goatwhore at the time, I wasn’t really that impressed by their set. Then, sometime in the last year, Goatwhore set out on a headlining tour with Hate Eternal and Fallujah (Cerebral Bore didn’t show up, which is why they’re making up for that by being on Summer Slaughter this year). Of course, for me, I was going for Hate Eternal since they completely blew the fucking place apart the first time I saw them, as well as Fallujah. A couple of days before the show, I decided that since Goatwhore was the headliner of the show that I should at least check out ONE of their albums. Well, this was the one I got and after my second listen, I was hooked.

Probably what most everyone likes about thrash black is the catchiness it has. Hellhammer is obviously filled with it; that’s what most people know about them. Also, when you listen to Skeletonwitch and Melechesh, along with the extreme grimness of the black metal sound, you can hear the slight catchiness that comes from the old school thrash metal sound. Goatwhore is the black sheep, though. They don’t have a black metal base with some thrash weaved about there and there and sprinkled around; their sound is of that description, but reversed. That’s the typical Goatwhore sound; but this album in particular is the most unique album they’ve put out so far.

This album is Goathwore’s most unique primarily because they’ve chosen to implement more death metal than they did in previous releases like A Haunting Curse. So think of it like this: the really fucking catchy thrash death sound of DevilDriver plus black metal equals Carving Out the Eyes of God. That’s what I think is the overall best description of this album. So as far as influence goes, I would probably guess that DevilDriver had a HUGE influence on the sound of this album because of the resemblance it has of them. To the elite black metal listener, this album wouldn’t be at all enjoyable because it lacks the signature grimness that we black metal fans both expect and love to hear. Also, another aspect that has been completely taken out during the writing process of this record is atmosphere. You listen to the earlier works of Darkthrone, listen to Immortal, and just about any at least half-decent black metal band and hear ATMOSPHERE. Hell, even Skeletonwitch and Melechesh managed to stick atmospheric elements into their music while still keeping the thrash black sound they were aiming for. But in this album, no way in hell will you find any sort of atmospheric or traditional black metal elements.

It’s for that very reason why I initially labeled this album as a black death record. Because the death metal and thrash metal combination completely enclose the core black metal sound, there actually isn’t much black metal left. For those of you that can sniff out even the faintest scent of black metal in any situation, you’ll be able to hear SOME black metal sound in this record; but very little. When you listen to their most recent release, Blood for the Master, you hear that most of the death metal sound from Carving Out the Eyes of God was removed, therefore re-exposing the pure catchy thrash black sound.

What I love most about this album is the amount of energy it contains. I’m not talking about how the shitload of bass and the sound of the guitars give it grit and energy; I’m talking about how you can literally FEEL the energy that the music itself creates. You can hear that the individual members are literally putting every last drop of energy they have during the recording process and were probably sleeping for the next two days in order to regain it back. Of course, many of you will beg to differ, but that’s certainly the feeling that the album gives ME.

The song structure is completely organized and without flaw. The way everything was composed keeps the different elements evened out and keeps the different sounds from clumping together. Doing this has kept the general sound of the album fairly consistent. But the reason why it doesn’t feel repetitive is because the mixture of the different sounds aren’t COMPLETELY blended together. Think of it as like when you mix red and yellow paint; right before it turns to pure orange, it just looks like a bunch of red and yellow swirls with a tad bit of orange here and there. You can tell that there’s a blend of different sounds, but they aren’t tightly pulled together in order to make it extremely easy for the listener to digest and enjoy. In some cases this is a bad thing, but Goatwhore defy that thought by doing just the opposite and making it a good thing.

This album is a fantastic album and I would recommend it to just about any extreme metal fan. A good cacophony of black metal, death metal, and old school thrash metal gives this album a 15/20. As well as that, it’s just a motherfucking BLAST to listen to!

The video below is of my favorite song from the record.

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