Goatwhore Constricting Rage Of The Merciless on Limited Edition LP + Download Card
Enter the diseased hymns of 2014′s Constricting Rage Of The Merciless. Captured at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida with audio magus, Erik Rutan at the helm, Constricting... serves as Goatwhore’s first studio effort to be tracked to two-inch tape. A more challenging approach that demands performance over pro-tooled perfection and leaving little room for error, the 10-track, 37-minute offering marks the band's most well-executed, sonically devastating manifestation to date, its warm, organic production harnessing the thick, monolithic, war-ready tone and energy of their live performance in a way previous recordings have not.
A multi-faceted recording that traverses a broad range of moods and emotions both musically and thematically, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless reflects the duality of its creators, adopting a more punishingly urgent, ominous and reckless vibe than its predecessors. “The title represents a person or persons being pushed into a corner too far until vengeance is born, but then again it also represents the failing mercy behind organized religion,” relays Falgoust, whose traditionally well-scripted psalms of death, debauchery, religious provocation and the improbability of life-after-death explore a more cerebral realm of self-development.
From the combatant onset of “Poisonous Existence In Reawakening,” and the tense, hammering momentum of “Unraveling Paradise,” to the punkish urgency of “FBS” and the fiendish cascades of “Schadenfreude” (literally meaning the pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others), Goatwhore spew their unadulterated, subterranean metal as channeled through the historic likes of Motörhead and Bathory, with the insatiable hunger of a pack of wild boars. These are true requiems of revolt, at once predatory, epic, hate-fueled and sadistic.
Due at least in part to the sheer synergy that comes from living in a van together for weeks on end, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless is razor sharp in musicianship literally writhing beneath the weight of its own sonic enormity. Duet’s thick, gnarled guitar tones and bestial vocal accents coil seamlessly around Simmons’ and Harvey’s, brash, chest-heaving rhythms. It’s all punctuated by the imposing voice and cynical prose of Falgoust who literally ran laps around the studio before taking to the mic to summon a more frantic, rasping edge to his signature tirades, now more enunciated than ever before.
When Falgoust howls, "We Are Coming To Smash Your Idols!" (in traditional metal rager “Baring Teeth For Revolt”), souls weaken, forests die, planets implode. In a saturated metal landscape where sub-genres spawn sub-sub-genres and the very definition of “metal” seems repeatedly distorted by cross-pollinating madness, sacred are the bands who to stay true to their proverbial roots without repeating them.
Goatwhore Constricting Rage Of The Merciless Track Listing:
1. Poisonous Existence in Reawakening
2. Unraveling Paradise
3. Baring Teeth for Revolt
4. Reanimated Sacrifice
5. Heaven’s Crumbling Walls of Pity
6. Cold Earth Consumed in Dying Flesh
8. Nocturnal Conjuration of the Accursed
10. Externalize This Hidden Savagery