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Goatwhore – The Eclipse of Ages into Black CD


GOATWHORE featuring Ben Falgoust of Solient Green and Sammy Duet of Acid Bath.

1. Nocturnal Holocaust
2. Lair of Nastrond
3. Desolate Path to Apocalyptic Ruin
4. The Beauty in Suffering
5. As the Reflection Slowly Fades
6. All the Sins
7. Satan’s Millennium
8. Upon this Deathbed of Cold Fire
9. Gravedom
10. Invert the Virgin
11. Perversions of the Ancient Goat
12. Into a Darker Sun
13. Under a Dark God
14. Commanding the Legions of Hell
15. Graveyards and Dead Angels

Album Notes
Goatwhore: Sammy Duet (vocals, guitar); Ben Stout (guitar); Patrick B. (bass); Zak N. (drums).Additional personnel: Mike Beams (background vocals).Recorded between June & September 1999.Personnel: Ben Stout (guitar); Mike Beams (background vocals).Audio Mixers: Goatwhore; Keith Falgout.Recording information: Festival Studios (06/1999-08/1999).Goatwhore’s lineup includes folks who have played with noted Louisiana metal bands Crowbar (Sammy Duet), Soilent Green (Ben Falgoust, Ben Stout), and Acid Bath (Duet again). However, The Eclipse of Ages Into Black is pretty far removed from any of those bands; this is Goatwhore’s version of the sort of stripped-down black metal usually associated with European acts like Bathory, Celtic Frost, or Darkthrone. The lyrics dwell on darkness, Satan, etc., while the production has a raw, under-produced quality (i.e., little bass or treble, near-ambient guitar distortion) that seems intent on emphasizing atmosphere over sheer heaviness. Falgoust and Duet’s vocals are mainly done in a sickly, mewling rasp very much in keeping with the genre, with the former also adding some somber, half-spoken passages here and there. The band spends most of its time dodging in and out of stop-start grindcore blasts, evil hardcore punk riffs, and the occasional slower melodic breakdown, but occasionally shifts gears into a mid-tempo shuffle that shows Goatwhore’s Southern roots (however European the band’s inspirations may be). One exception to the overall norm is “Invert the Virgin,” which comes across more like a fist-pumping hard rock tune, albeit one dressed up in spiked armbands and a bullet belt. As for the songwriting, there are a few less-than-memorable moments on the album but, on the whole, The Eclipse is a convincing take on the black metal genre, done from a perspective that’s certainly different from the norm. ~ William York

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Weight 4 oz