Goatwhore Comes Home To New Orleans
There’s a lover of metal in the midst of the New Orleans House of Blues. Holderbeast has been granted a monthly metal show where he brings in the best of the NOLA metal gods. Past shows have included Flesh Parade and Crowbar. This month’s show featured the hardest working band in the biz: Goatwhore. Just before they left on two back-to-back tours (currently touring with Black Dahlia Murder) Goatwhore obliged to play the town where it all started. Pro-shot footage of Goatwhore by REKFilms can be seen below.
Death metal with a punk attitude; The Void (formerly known as The Great Void, but they’re still great to me) opened the show. The fastest bassist on Earth Jorge Caceido had people staring in amazement at his quick skill. You must see this man in action! He uses both hands on the neck, never letting up. I think the longest strum he does lasts half a second. Let’s not forget about Phil and Vincent on the guitars, though. They also have some speed as they quickly get out the riffs. Vocalist and founder Paul has an awesome voice. Through all the music, his voice is powerful. This band may have a short setlist, but the songs are pretty long. The Void was on stage for about half an hour. And they have some of the best song titles and lyrics I have ever heard. The Void played “Dora the Border Explorer,” “Hey…ASSHOLE!,” “A Gentleman’s Death,” “Kicking Down the Hymen,” “My Other Ride is Your Honor Student,” and “Tyrone Spellman (Puncher of Infants).”
The Devil’s Rain is a new band on the scene. They just formed this year. But with their talent and sound, and a great work ethic, they will be around for a while. The Devil’s Rain was a good choice to play with Goatwhore because they’re all about Satan, often referring to Anton LeVay’s Satanic Bible. Vocalist Jack Corbis has a shrill voice that cuts through the air. Guitarist Johnny Travolta (no, not the actor) plays some heavy, chugging riffs as Dr. Sam Richards rapidly fires his sticks to hit the skins. The Devil’s Rain played “Destroyed from the Inside,” “Blood from Broken Dreams,” “Upon Her Skull,” “Made New by Maggots,” “Child Mummy Sacrifice,” “Hell’s Outhouse,” “Redstone,” “Dead in Dallas,” “Snorting Angel Dust,” “Cult of the Underground,” and “Devoured by Lions.”
Goatwhore promised a more diverse setlist for this show because, being the relentless band they are, they very often play around southern Louisiana and the Gulf Coast when they aren’t touring. They played some older songs not in the usual repertoire for the people that have known Goatwhore since before their inception. They started the show with “The All-Destroying,” “Provoking the Ritual of Death,” “This Passing into the Power of Demons,” and “In the Narrow Confines of Defilement.” Beloved guitarist Sammy Duet demanded his shot of Jaeger. Always the showman, vocalist Ben Falgoust tried to get some audience participation by telling the guys to pump their fists in the air; they use their fists for other things, so should be used to doing that motion (wink,wink). Ben also told us the story of how bassist James Harvey is so metal, he kept the needle that he sews the awesome patches on his totally cool jean vest with in his pocket at all times. While performing on OzzFest, the needle went through his pocket and became lodged in his thigh where it remains to this day. If that ain’t metal, nothing is. They went into the next group of songs; “Carving Out the Eyes of God,” “Graveyards and Dead Angels,” “Alchemy of the Black Sun Cult,” “Blood Guilt Eucharist.” Sammy chugged through the riffs violently and made the guitar cry for the solos. Ben ran from side to side, clenching his fists and swinging around his ridiculously long locks. As usual, the audience was teased with the prospect of some Judas Priest covers; Sammy would begin to play a tune then suddenly stop. Someday, they will do an all Priest show! They played a good, long set for all their friends and fans and finished the set with “Sky Inferno,” “As the Reflection Slowly Fades,” “Invert the Virgin,” “Reckoning of the Soul Made Godless,” “In Legions, I Am Wars of Wrath,” and “Apocalyptic Havoc.”
It won’t be terribly long until Goatwhore comes home again. They will be opening for Watain in November here, and that is going to be a brutal show. This unstoppable band has probably been to your town a few times. And if you haven’t seen them yet, you don’t know metal.
Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.
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