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Goatwhore 'Angels Hung From The Arches of Heaven' LP Blood Red Black Marbled Vinyl

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Rampaging into their 25th year as purveyors of the most ruthless extreme metal, Goatwhore return with perhaps the strongest album of their storied career. 'Angels Hung From The Arches Of Heaven' is 47 minutes of their trademark blend of death, black, thrash and sludge metal delivered with breathless intensity and an unrepentant bloodlust, making for one of the most thrilling records to come out of 2022. “I would describe this record as being very raw, but clarity is shaped within the chaos,” states vocalist Louis Ben Falgoust II. “It’s a journey of everything we have done and some new approaches as we advance forward. When we write we mainly focus on the music and what we enjoy about playing it. We don’t write just to appease others, we want to enjoy playing it in a live setting as well, especially night after night on the road.”

With 2017’s towering 'Vengeful Ascension' their last full-length, the combination of a great deal of touring, personal commitments, and the global pandemic made the gap between records a little longer than usual, though this is certainly not to 'Angels Hung From The Arches Of Heaven'’s detriment. When time and opportunity allowed the quartet worked on new ideas as often as possible, the first writing for this record dating back to 2018, and they rarely throw anything away. “It is an ongoing process and sometimes things come off fresh and some things are remnants of past songs/ideas that weren’t used because they hadn’t found their place just yet,” says Falgoust. “Just because something doesn’t fit or work the first time around doesn’t mean it won’t work out later on, so we don’t really trash anything. We can have a whole new song, but somewhere in it things aren’t going just right, and then an older part resurfaces and it was the piece of the puzzle that makes it come together. Riffs are timeless!” Featuring beasts such as the savage “Born Of Satan’s Flesh” that thrashes along relentlessly and drips with evil, the old school crossover flavored “Death From Above” with its guttural chorus, and the epic, chilling title track that is as haunting as it is heavy they cover a lot of sonic territory, everything having that signature Goatwhore feel while constantly doing something a little different. “We have always been very influenced by many aspects of heavy metal through our lives,” explains Falgoust. “In saying that, I feel that the music speaks for us on that concept. We have a very varied mixture of styles within the extreme metal genres. These all come to the surface on each song.” And with guitarist Sammy Duet describing the sound of the record as “dark, evil, impending dread” he is certainly not wrong - there being very little light to cling on to.

Teaming up with producer Jarrett Pritchard (Exhumed, 1349) for a second time, the band - with new bass player Robert “TA” Coleman on board - knew they were in good hands, tracking primarily at Studio In The Country in Bogalusa, LA under pandemic restrictions. Praising Pritchard as a great person to work with both in the studio and a live setting, the relationship was bolstered by their time together. “He really has a good vision of what we are doing and trying to present. He is very knowledgeable in many aspects of both recording and live sound, so his input comes from a solid place. While recording he tests you and forces the best performances out of you. Not in a bad way, just that he knew what each person could do prior to us entering the studio, so he had this level of expectation to push each one of us to our own individual performance levels.” The band also recruited producer Kurt Ballou (Converge, High On Fire), their first time working with him, which also was to the record’s betterment. “Kurt actually brought a lot to the table,” says Duet. “He had some opinions on a few of the song structures, which was a first for us because we never had an outside ear giving ideas. And, I mean the sound of the record speaks for itself.”

Reaching a quarter century anniversary is a good time to pause and reflect on what has been achieved, and Falgoust is philosophical. “It has been a rough road, but looking back and reminiscing on the things we were able to do musically and touring wise, it has been very much worth it. You get so caught up in the touring and releasing albums cycle that every now and then you have to step off the momentum and just see what has been done. When you do get that opportunity, then the entire vision opens up and you really get to see the scope of accomplishments, and that is when every little piece comes together and the realization of the things you have done hits you.

Limited blood red black marbled vinyl pressing

*Please note image is a mock up only - actual colours may vary on finished product*


Side A:

1. Invocation 3 

2. Born of Satan's Flesh 

3. The Bestowal Of Abomination 

4. Angels Hung From the Arches Of Heaven 

5. Death From Above

6. Ruinous Liturgy 

Side B:

7. Victory Is The Lightning Of Destruction 

8. Voracious Blood Fixation 

9. The Devil's Warlords 

10. Weight Of A Soulless Heart 

11. Nihil 

12. And I Was Delivered From The Wound Of Perdition

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