GOATWHORE's latest full-length, Vengeful Ascension, was released last June via Metal Blade Records. Their seventh full-length offering and second recorded reel-to-reel was captured at Earth Analog in Tolono, Illinois with longtime soundman and comrade Jarrett Pritchard (1349, Gruesome) and serves as the band's highest charting album to date ranking in at #4 on Billboard's Heatseeker Chart, #6 on the Hard Rock Sales Chart, #11 on the Independent Chart, #16 on the Hard Rock Chart, #18 on the Rock Sales Chart, #49 on the Top 200 Current Albums Chart, and #59 on the Top 200 Chart upon its first week of release.
In a 4/5 rating, Team Rock crowned Vengeful Ascension, "...the most mature recording in the GOATWHORE canon...," adding, "Its combination of disparate subgenres from opposite ends of the structural and melodic continuum is masterful, resulting in a remarkably non-contrasting display of good and evil; that being good songs that sound as evil as all hell." Alternative Press concurred, "The album roars with the classic GOATWHORE sound of searing, shredding, and screams of rage. The material also tries some new things, tossing in a bit of blackened atmosphere, adding to the philosophical questions the music dives into." MetalSucks named Vengeful Ascension the band's, "most vital album since 2006's A Haunting Curse," and one, "guaranteed to frighten your grandmother directly into her grave." In a 9/10 review, Blabbermouth wrote, "Vengeful Ascension proves that the band is firing on all cylinders, standing tall as one of extreme metal's leading bands." Decibel noted, "Turning frowns upside down with metal steeped in gloom isn't supposed to be a thing, but in incorporating more classic influences, GOATWHORE has (in)advertently offered Vengeful Ascension as a link between battle jackets and monk robes." Added Loudwire, "Vengeful Ascension has extremity black metal fans will dig, groove that will appeal to death metal aficionados, and potent guitar work thrash lovers can appreciate."
Vengeful Ascension is out now on Metal Blade Records on CD, vinyl, and digital formats. To preview and purchase the record visit metalblade.com/goatwhore.
And if you missed it, GOATWHORE's exclusive Decibel Magazine's Flexi Series track, "Command To Destroy," is currently streaming at THIS LOCATION.
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