Greetings Goatwhore and welcome to the pages of Metal Sound! How are you doing these days?
Doing quite well, thanks. We are getting ready to hit the road with Venom Inc. in a few weeks. It’s going to be great to start playing more of this new material live.
The main reason for this interview is you seventh full length entitled Vengeful Ascension so how are you satisfied with it now that everything is said and done, how would you place it in overall discography of the band?
It’s interesting because sometimes you look back and wish you would’ve done certain things differently but with this album I am totally content with and I think it stands on its own. It’s a natural progression for the band and encompasses all of the traits of the past records but also forges some new ground for us. The response from the fans has been great and that’s really all that matters.
I would say that Vengeful Ascension brings familiar Goatwhore formula once again but with slight twists and turns just to keep everything interesting, how would you describe overall sound of the album?
I totally agree with you there. It’s a pretty diverse album and I feel every song really has its own identity. After seven records it’s hard not to plagiarize yourself too much but at the same time it’s not such a bad thing to embrace what you are. It has elements of things we have done in the past but is also a preview of what lies ahead for us.
In connection to my previous question, you have stopped working with your longtime producer Eric Rutan and for this album you have chosen Jarrett Pritchard. What was the reason for this change and how are you satisfied with it?
ZS- We really wanted to step outside of our comfort zone and try some new things. It was also a major goal to capture more of our live essence on record. Jarrett is our live sound engineer so it made sense to have him involved to achieve this. It was time we took some risks and I think the end result really paid off.
If I am informed well, Vengeful Ascension lyrically carries linked story so can you please explain to us the concept behind the album?
There is a recurring theme throughout the album that focuses on Lucifer and the notion of rising above struggles and tribulations. A lot of the subject matter is also metaphorical and can be applied to life in general.
You have recently completed Metal Blade anniversary tour and you have been with the label ever since your third album. It seems like you are label’s house band like f.ex Cannibal Corpse or The Black Dahlia Murder so can you please tell us something about your relations with folks at Metal Blade?
They’re just really genuine, good people and an incredible team to have behind you. It’s an honor to be a part of such a legendary label that has released so much classic music.
Goatwhore is definitely extreme metal band but you are not super grim like some black metal bands of today, there is a sense of rock and roll in your music so in that regard I would link.
Goatwhore to old bands like Venom. How would you comment upon this statement?
I would have to agree with that. Venom is a huge influence for us and has been since day one. There are so many bands and genres that we are influenced by and that all sort of adds up into what we are. We are a bit more open-minded these days about playing what we want to play instead of trying to strictly be black metal or death metal or whatever.
You guys are true road dogs and it seems to me that you are touring nonstop, would you say that this is the only way for metal band succeed in this digital age?
t sure doesn’t hurt. There are so many bands out there these days and it seems people’s attention spans are lacking more and more. There is so much material out there to sift through so you really have to stay out there and keep playing for people to keep them coming back.
Would you say that you guys being from the south of USA gave your sound particular color, would Goatwhore be any different if you were formed in, for example, Russia?
I’m sure there are some subconscious elements in our music that derive from being from New Orleans but we definitely don’t sound like other NOLA metal bands. I suppose we probably would sound the same if we were from anywhere else because it really comes down to the chemistry of all the musicians involved.
Many old school metallers are complaining that metal is not the same in this day and age but on the other hand, internet made everything available. As seasoned veterans, how would you compare the state of metal now and back then when you started the band?
I think metal is thriving these days. It’s always been an underdog genre and its popularity goes in waves sometimes. I think these days it’s much easier to seek out new bands because of the internet. There is so much out there and so many different metal bands doing great stuff.
I saw that you have lined up tours both with Anciients and Venom Inc, what do you expect from those events and can we hope to see you on European soil until the end of this year?
We finished the run with Anciients about a month ago and it was a killer time. We did about three weeks up the west coast of the US into Canada with them. The Venom Inc run starts in three weeks and I’m very excited about it. We’ll be playing about five songs from the new record and a bunch of older material. After that we’ve got some more US touring to do so hopefully we will make it over to Europe in early 2018.
That would be all for this chat, I would like to thank you and wish you all the best! Your last message to fans over here…
Thank you. We hope to see you all very soon!
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