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Vengeful Ascension
July 2017
Released: 2017, Metal Blade
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: John Haseltine

I was first introduced to Goatwhore at the 2004 offering of the now debunked Milwaukee Metalfest. At that time while I was into a bit more of the heavier and extreme genres of metal, I was totally blown away by the bands set that evening. I immediately grabbed their latest disc at the time, FUNERAL DIRGE FOR THE ROTTING SUN, and was hooked.

Times and tastes tend to change from time to time. For me and my fondness for Goatwhore, my willingness to listen to them did seem to fade a bit. While being one of the most precise and consistent bands of their style, to me it was sort of the same ole, same ole for the next couple offerings. It wasn’t until 2012’s BLOOD FOR THE MASTER that I picked up one day at the record store that I was like, wow!, I forgot how well these guys jam! Now 20 years after their incarnation, New Orleans extreme metallars Goatwhore give us VENGEFUL ASCENSION. And even though this new outing is a great reflection of what Goatwhore is all about musically, it follows right along the path of their past releases. This is a good thing as the hellish fury they spew forth is done violently well.

Goatwhore knows better than anyone the perfect blend of blackened death metal with just enough thrash to not over power the other two. So this latest release may not be anything new and exciting except for the fact that fans can be excited that it is new. And I have found myself listening to this a bit more that other albums in the past couple weeks.
Track Listing

1. Forsaken
2. Under the Flesh, Into the Soul
3. Vengeful Ascension
4. Chaos Arcane
5. Where the Sun Is Silent
6. Drowned in Grim Rebirth
7. Abandon Indoctrination
8. Mankind Will Have No Mercy
9. Decayed Omen Reborn
10. Those Who Denied God's Will


Sammy Pierre Duet Guitars, Vocals
L. Ben Falgoust II Vocals
Zack Simmons Drums
James Harvey Bass

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