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Goatwhore Frontman Ben Falgoust On Why "Vengeful Ascension" Is So Important And What Makes New Orleans So Special

At a recent show in Bristol, the first British stop on the 2018 "Machine Messiah" tour, I had the pleasure not only of speaking with Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kissser, but with Ben Falgoust, frontman of New Orleans blackened thrash metal veterans, Goatwhore and Soylent Green. During the interview, we discussed a range of topics, particularly regarding the band's latest album, "Vengeful Ascension,"the upcoming 20th anniversary of their debut studio album, "The Eclipse Of Ages Into Black" and what it is that makes New Orleans so special.

On the writing process for "Vengeful Ascension":

"A big element of our writing is 'Are we going to play this live?' A lot of bands put out records and only play certain songs and never play anything else from the record live and we like to be able to take pretty much every single song at one point in the duration of touring for that record and put it in a live experience. When we're writing we're not just writing to write, we're writing from the perspective of "How is this going to sound live?'"

On what makes New Orleans such a special place for music:

"I guess just the history of the place, going back to jazz and blues and the culmination of different things. When I was growing up, the hardcore metal scene was pretty strong. It has its ups and downs like everything else but it was pretty potent, a lot of shows came through but even when there weren't many shows coming through, me and a bunch of friends could drive to Houston, which is like a five hour drive." But the great thing about the New Orleans scene was that the bands were so different, from Eyehategod to Crowbar, Acid Bath, Soylent Green, everybody had their own angle of what they were doing and not only that, but there members that were intertwined with in different bands."

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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