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Goatwhore – Constricting Rage of the Merciless


Last Updated on 12:49 AM by Giorgos Tsekas

Genre: Blackened/Death/Thrash Metal
Country: U.S.A.
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year: 2014

Ok, I have to admit that this is a rather “old” release (it was released the summer of 2014). “Old” for the times we live that everything passes so quickly and rapidly and no one seems to have time to invest on records or albums at least as we used to do in previous decades. But “Constricting Rage of the Merciless” is going to be absolutely in my top list for 2014. Yeap, it will definitely be on my Dirty Dozen, after all I caught myself listen to it more than any other release of the year. Following the great “Blood for the Master” that was released in 2012 Goatwhore continues writing songs on the “winning” formula.

The bands’ song writing formula doesn’t change once more, -here on their 6th album- and why should they do something like that in the end? Killer riffs and melodic guitar lines, balancing blackened death/thrash metal speed with crust elements and Sodom-like influences. For some it may seem flat and typical. Because there’s nothing innovating here. But there’s great music, violent, speedy and straight forward as fuck music, the way thrash/death should be. The velocity is kept at up tempo during almost the whole album and the blastbeats are conquering its sound (except “Cold Earth Consumed in Dying Flesh” that has a doom/stoner/sludge approach & the punkish/rock n’ roll “Baring Teeth For Revolt”, that still is fast tempo without -many- blastbeats though). All ten compositions are ferocious, powerful but mostly effective and totally memorable; actually most of them stick to your mind. Now that’s something extremely difficult to find in today’s releases and it’s something more important than lack of originality or similar song structure.

All songs could have been a single or something. Personally speaking “FBS”, “Baring Teeth For Revolt” and “Schadenfreude” -with its weird melodic riff- are my favorites. Underrated by the majority probably being the absolute unsung heroes of death/black/thrash, Goatwhore have created one the best albums of the year for me. Buy or die!!!


Giorgos Tsekas
Giorgos Tsekas
"Κάποτε Όταν Θα ‘χουμε Καιρό... Θα Σκεφτούμε Πάνω Στις Ιδέες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Στοχαστών, Θα Θαυμάσουμε Τους Πίνακες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Ζωγράφων, Θα Γελάσουμε Με Όλους Τους Χωρατατζήδες, Θα Φλερτάρουμε Όλες Τις Γυναίκες, Θα Διδάξουμε Όλους Τους Ανθρώπους" Μπ. Μπρεχτ

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