Goatwhore Announce Seventh Album ‘Vengeful Ascension’ + Unveil Title Track
Album number seven is on its way from Goatwhore! Vengeful Ascension will see a June 23 release date and the disc’s title track can be streamed right now!
Goatwhore have been one of extreme metal’s most reliable modern bands for well over a decade. Each album released by the NOLA quartet has brought forceful and blasphemous cuts in the style of blackened death metal, and if “Vengeful Ascension” is any indication of what’s to come, you can expect another ripper from Goatwhore.
Vengeful Ascension will be the first Goatwhore record released without Erik Rutan behind the soundboard since 2003’s Funeral Dirge for the Rotting Sun. “Working with Rutan was awesome,” says Goatwhore frontman Ben Falgoust. “We did some great records with him. But you come to a point where you’re like, ‘All right. Let’s try something new.’ It was part of trying to remove ourselves from a comfort zone and a risk thing we needed to take. Plus, we really wanted to hit the essence of where we are live and what better way to harness that than by having our live sound guy involved. Jarrett [Pritchard] is knowledgeable with the studio stuff. He also knows how we sound coming out of a PA and we really wanted to get closer to that.”
As for the 10 tracks to be found within Vengeful Ascension, Falgoust explains, “Each song is a representation of Goatwhore from day one until now. It really shows our evolution as a band. I don’t think that this band has reached its peak yet. I mean, I think we’re closer now than ever but we’re still growing; we’re still evolving.”
Vengeful Ascension will explore the Luciferian concept of Satan as an emancipator and guiding light rather than the epitome of evil. “There’s that whole idea of Lucifer being the anti-hero,” elaborates Falgoust. “He’s cast out from this place in Heaven to the depths of nothing. He keeps trying to ascend to the top again but no matter what, there’s always this significant force trying to destroy him at any point and banish him back to Hell. If you look at it from an everyday aspect in life, it’s the idea of people, hitting the bottom of the barrel or you know, things just aren’t going right in life… emotion plays a huge part in how people react. Whether it’s based on love or hatred or sadness or whatever, there’s always an aspect of emotion that drives people to an extent. So the whole idea of a Vengeful Ascension is built on being at the bottom, working your way to the top, and realizing along the way that there’s other facets to the journey aside from just pure retribution. Within negativity there can exist a positive angle as well.”
Goatwhore’s seventh album is already available for pre-order at the Metal Blade shop with a bunch of bundle and multicolored vinyl options ready for your consumption. Check out the album’s title track and track listing below. Goatwhore are currently on tour opening for Amon Amarth in North America, so be sure to catch those remaining dates!
Goatwhore, “Vengeful Ascension”
Goatwhore, Vengeful Ascension Track Listing:
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
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