Goatwhore - Blood For The Master
Label: Metal Blade Records
Reviewer: Anas Disi - 2012-09-05
Highlights: "Embodiment Of This Bitter Chaos", "When Steel And Bone Meet", "In Deathless Tradition", "Beyond The Spell Of Discontent"
What do you expect when a band called Goatwhore, of already mediocre-album reputation and a style of straightforward extreme metal, releases an album in 2012? Mediocrity? That's what I thought, too. Luckily, Goatwhore came this time to prove us all wrong.
Blood For The Master is actually one hell of a ride for anyone who wants to sabotage their room, look like a maniac and force their neighbors to call for exorcism services and yet still remember the whole riffage of the experience. Technically, it is not a very layered album nor does it have mind-blowing guitar work, however, it is short and straight to the point and it never bores you with any type of tempo. It goes fast thrash/death-style when it needs speed, slow when it needs black metal aggression melancholia and mixes between the two in the transitions.
Going along with its furious music is a filthy, blasphemous BM-attitude stench that runs throughout the album. With hotter-than-hell song titles (I might bang one of those) that accompany equally matching good music for songs like "In Deathless Tradition", "My Name Is Frightful Among The Believers" and "When Steel And Bone Meet", nothing can go wrong with Goatwhore...
Well, nothing wrong other than the simple fact that the songs are simpler than they should be (save for "Embodiment Of This Bitter Chaos"). While the riffs are awesome and so are the thrashy vocals, it may take you a few more spins before you realize the fun and forget all the technicality-rates you have in your head. As well as that, the vocalist seems to lose his stead when trying to growl; he's not bad, but he should have kept that for the computer microphone and crappy projects like mine.
All in all, however, Blood For The Master will give you a priceless headbanging time and it damn makes sure that it gains a notable spot in 2012's seemingly-legendary roll of albums. And I thought nothing could top 2011 this century.