Concert Photo Review: GOATWHORE Live At The Boardwalk – Orangevale, California

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Live at The Boardwalk – Orangevale, California

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GOATWHORE To Headline 2018 Edition Of The Metal Alliance Tour This Fall

GOATWHORE will return to North American stages this fall as headliners of the 2018 edition of the Metal Alliance tour. Continue reading “GOATWHORE To Headline 2018 Edition Of The Metal Alliance Tour This Fall”

Goatwhore Announces May Tour Supporting Satyricon

The road demons in GOATWHORE will return to the streets this May on a short run of live dates supporting Satyricon. The MetalSucks-sponsored trek — set to commence on May 13th in Los Angeles, California and run through May 30th in Austin, Texas — follows GOATWHORE‘s recent month-long European live takeover with Sepultura where frontman Ben Falgoust performed in a cast after sustaining a broken leg and fractured foot just days into the journey.
Comments guitarist Sammy Duet of the upcoming dates, “We are fucking excited to be hitting the road for our first US dates of 2018 with Satyricon. This is our first time touring with these guys, and I guarantee you won’t want to miss these shows.”
GOATWHORE w/ Satyricon:
5/13/2018 Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA
5/14/2018 Metro Opera House – Oakland, CA
5/15/2018 Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR
5/16/2018 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
5/18/2018 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
5/19/2018 The Truman – Kansas City, MO
5/20/2018 The Forge – Joliet, IL
5/21/2018 Al Rosa Villa – Columbus, OH
5/25/2018 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
5/28/2018 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas, TX
5/29/2018 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
5/30/2018 Come and Take it Live! – Austin, TX

Vocalist Al Ravage of Ravage Interviewed

Ravage formed back in 1996 on a mission to bring traditional, rockin’, kick-ass heavy metal and thrash excitement back to the masses. Though the band has endured endless line-up changes throughout it’s storied history, the core group of singer

Al Ravage, his brother lead guitarist Eli Firicano, and second lead guitarist Nick Izzo has been together since the year 2000. The current line-up is rounded out by bassist Tommy Grimaldi and drummer Derek Jay (SEAX, Motorhead Tribute band BOMBER).

2016 finds Ravage hard at work in the studio and on the live circuit playing local shows in the New England area and writing and recording songs for their follow-up to the band’s “The End Of Tomorrow” album which was released on Metal Blade Records in late 2009.

Ravage’s latest offering “Return Of The Spectral Rider” is a complete re-recording of the band’s limited 2005 release “Spectral Rider” and is now available worldwide on CD, Vinyl and digital download formats independently on the band’s own label – Society For World Wide Ravage Recordings. The record features 12 tracks of original blazing metal as well as all new art by Tim Jacobus (famous for his work on the GOOSEBUMPS novels).

How did you first get in to music? Who turned you onto rock/metal?

My parents always played music in the house when I was growing up and sent me and my brothers to music lessons at an early age. hey mostly listened to classical music so I didn’t get to hear a lot of rock music until I discovered MTV in the late 80’s.My brothers and I would record videos from Skid Row, Alice Cooper, Tom Petty etc from the TV onto cassettes using our little Fisher Price tape recorder. The first albums I remember getting were the California Raisins soundtrack and the Labamba sountrack when I was about five years old. That was the beginning of getting into guitar-oriented music. I remember wanting to learn the guitar so I could be as cool as Alice Cooper, so I asked my parents to get me one and they got me a low-level starter electric guitar, but that never panned out. I never made it past the first few Mel Bay guitar chords and the thing just collected dust. Later on when I was eleven or twelve, I traded the guitar to my older brother when he was trying to join a punk band and in exchange he gave me a copy of Metallica’s self-titled album which we used to listen to while playing Dungeons and Dragons..Real nerd stuff! From that point on the metal album collecting began to snowball and I got into more bands.

How did you become a vocalist? Are you proficient in any other instruments?

After giving up the guitar, I always wanted to be the drummer of a metal band and be cool like Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden (who Nick our guitarist occaisionally refers to as Neeko McBrian. I think his brain must find it hard to believe that McBRAIN is an actual name, and come to think of it, I find it kind of weird myself. Anyway, we could never find a competent singer who was into singing melodies but also liked metal, and so I sort of fell into the singing part of it. I really wasn’t a great drummer either and I wasn’t very good at singing and playing drums, but I had to do that for a long time because we had a terrible time finding a drummer too. That held back the band’s development for a long time.

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What was the local scene in Massachusetts like in the beginning, was there a particular band you aspired to be like, favorite local bands back then, favorite local bands now?

Well Extreme, the funk metal hair band is from Malden our home town. They are the biggest hard rock act to come from the area, but they never really inspired us. We liked that one song they had “Come Out and Play” but it was way before our time. When we were starting out, there not only was no local metal scene, there was no national scene. Metal was not played on the radio or MTV. It was the mid 90’s and metal was looked down upon by the mainstream. Only a few midnight radio shows were still playing metal and more extreme metal was dominating the underground so almost no one was playing traditional or power metal in the USA, just Twisted Tower Dire and a handful of other bands and they weren’t anywhere close to us. So we played with Ska bands, Punk bands…Alternative bands…whoever we could, wherever we could… house parties, backyards, schools and eventually clubs. In the early to mid 2000’s we got to play some shows with local metal legends Meliah Rage and Steel Assassin, but they didn’t play all that regularly and if they did, they left on tours, so there still wasn’t much of a scene until local promoters started putting things together like the ones who run the Metal Thursdays series at Ralph’s Diner in Worcester MA – the longest running all metal show series in the country. Things have changed a lot since then. There are a lot more trad metal bands and thrash bands out there and even some that are touring regularly.

Has there been times when drugs and alcohol were beneficial to the band?

We’ve never been much of a drug band. We’ve had a lot of band members come through, and a few that were into some chemicals of the more mind-expanding variety, but never anything too hardcore thankfully. I do believe in the decriminalization of all drugs because I don’t think imprisoning people for using drugs makes any sense, but I don’t think hardcore drugs like heroin or crack are good for anyone either. I’ve known a few people whose lives have been destroyed by drugs and alcohol and heroin in particular is becoming a big problem in our country. As far as alcohol goes, a couple of the guys in the band are into home brewing and we have some good times with it but it’s important not to let things get out of hand.

How would you best describe your sound?

We try to stay within the bounds of traditional heavy metal but we have influences from a lot of the sub-genres within it. We have influences from thrash, speed metal, NWOBHM, power metal, doom metal, and even some death and black metal influence. I would say the closest thing we sound to musically is a mixture of Metal Church, Iron Maiden and early Metallica. Vocally I sing more in a mid-range with some occassional high parts, low parts and power screams. We really just try to make things “not-boring” that’s the goal musically – to have different levels of meaning, layers and nuances in the music so you can get something new out of the music with repeated listens.

Do you think having to do ticket pre-sales is the same thing as pay to play?

If the promoter forces you to buy tickets in order to play the show then you are, in essence, “paying to play”. If the promoter asks you to sell advance tickets and lets you play the show, you should try to sell the tickets as a courtesy to the promoter. The band does have some responsibility to help promote and get people to the show.

What was the first music you bought and what have you bought more than once?

The first album I ever actually paid for myself with money was Iron Maiden’s “The Number of The Beast”. That was on cassette. I probably bought the CD of that twice and then downloaded it off itunes because I was too lazy to find the cd to make a rip of it or I lent it to someone or scratched it up irreparably… There are plenty of albums that I have purchased remasters of, or the vinyl version or cassette etc. Too many to name.

DIY forever or signing with a label at first opportunity?

Both have their advantages and disadvantages. A label is just someone with money who is willing to help you in exchange for being paid back a percentage…how much can they help? How much money/influence do they have, and how much do they want in exchange for their help?

Whats the biggest show you have played so far and do you still get nervous before a gig?

I’ve never gotten nervous before shows – not in the sense of having a fear of making mistakes etc. I know things will go wrong…some things will go right. None of it matters as long as the audience is having a good time. I just get very excited before shows and try to focus on what I have to do to put on an entertaining show for people. When you hit the stage it is a trance-like experience, a kind of demonic possession. You’re possessed by the spirit of metal and it’s all a good time from there. The “biggest” show we’ve played was The Swordbrother’s Festival in Germany. It was a small festival – a few hundred people, but all true metalheads and a great time. We also played the small stage at The Magic Circle Festival in Germany, but I think we probably played to less people at that.

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Is commercial rock radio dead?

I hope so. I don’t really care. Most of the mainstream rock music they have played on the radio…going back to the early 90’s when I got into metal has been uninspired crap. So who cares if they stop playing it.

Favorite songs on the new album and why?

My favorite songs to listen to are “Turn The Screw”, “Wake The Dead” and “Bring Down The Hellhammer”… I just like the tunes and the guitar solos are awesome. My favorite songs to play live are “The Wicked Way” and “The King Forgotten” because they have low vocals and a lot of instrumental passages so they are a break for me ha ha.

Out of all your songs which one touches you the most when you perform it?

“The Wicked Way” gets me going because it not only has very rockin’ exciting music, but it has some quieter parts, some sort of mood changes, and the lyrics are a warning about the evils of the world.

Are there any political or social issues hidden in Ravage songs ?

Ya, there are a lot of them. Almost every lyric – even the more fantasy based one is dealing with some kind of inequity in the real world, some sort of evil or injustice and hopefully a way or rectifying that.

What was the process of putting the songs in order?

Hmmm, well “this sounds good next to that… fade out ending should be followed by something that jumps out at you… faster song follows a slower song…best songs early and late…” it’s not an exact science, but there is some formula to it.

What endorsements do you have and what endorsements do you still want?

We have never had an official endorsement. There are products and instruments we’ve always liked and used but they’ve never reached out to us and we’ve never reached out to them. So it’s nice not to be beholden to anyone and have to play some particular instrument. It would be nice if some company paid us a million bucks to use their stuff, but I don’t see it happening. I’d like a Sam Adams beer endorsement maybe… we’ve given them enough money over the years.

Bands you would love to tour with and musician or artist you would like to meet and interrogate?

It would have been nice to meet Ronnie James Dio before he died. I’m sure he had a lot of cool stories having been in rock since… basically the beginning of rock. Obviously opening for Iron Maiden or Metallica would be the ultimate tour, but we’d take a tour with anyone really. As long as there are people to play to, we’ll play. We’ve played plenty of empty gigs over the years – especially in the earliest days, so I feel privileged whenever we have an audience to play to.

Song to be played at your funeral and 3 albums to take to your grave?

Life’s for the living and deaths for the dead, so they can play whatever the crowd wants to hear at my funeral, I won’t be able to hear it so who cares? I’m more concerned with the music I can listen to while I’m still above ground. In the case that there are some musically inclined gravediggers though, I’ll take Judas Priest’s “Painkiller”, Iron Maiden’s “Fear of The Dark” and Running Wild’s “Rogues En Vogue”… that list changes hour to hour though.

Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?

Check out our new release “Return Of The Spectral Rider” on CD, vinyl and digital wherever music is sold these days. Come out to our shows if you are in the New England area or in Germany next year we are playing at the Headbangers Open Air fest, and stay tuned at our website www.RavageTheEarth.com we are working on a new double album.

Thanks for the interview.

Goatwhore Unveils “Chaos Arcane” Lyric Video

Vengeful Ascension is the imminent new full-length from New Orleans’ metal legion Goatwhore. Set to drop on June 23rd via Metal Blade Records worldwide, the band’s seventh full-length and second recorded reel-to-reel was captured at Earth Analog in Tolono, Illinois with longtime sound man and comrade Jarrett Pritchard (1349, Gruesome).
In advance of its release, today the band shares the official lyric video for “Chaos Arcane.” Based on H.P. Lovecraft’s character Nyarlathotep who attempts to recount the inexplicable sense of fear in expectancy of an unknown evil, the track conveys that sensation of impending doom through sound in a way only Goatwhore can.
Vengeful Ascension will be available on CD, vinyl (in multiple limited color variations), and digital formats.
Various preorder options are currently available at metalblade.com/goatwhorewhere you can also sample the record’s title track.
Mixed by Chris Common (Tribulation, Pelican) and mastered by Maor Applebaum (Faith No More, Halford, Today Is The Day), the ten-track Vengeful Ascension is a sonic manifestation of war, chaos, desolation, and emotional conflict, seamlessly bridging twenty years of the band’s signature brand of audio venom. While hardly a concept record in the traditional sense, Vengeful Ascension loosely revolves itself around Luciferian notions in title and spirit where the symbol of Lucifer serves not as a fiendish, all-destroying demon but rather an emancipator or guiding light. It’s a theme of struggle and transcendence derived from John Milton’s Paradise Lost epic and one that has appeared, whether directly or indirectly, within GOATWHORE works of the past.
GOATWHORE recently wrapping up a successful tour with labelmates Amon Amarth. The band will play the Fort Worth Metal Fest at the The Rail Club in Fort Worth, Texas this weekend before taking to the streets again for a near-three-week North American headlining journey from June 9th through July 1st. Support will be provided by Vancouver metallers, Anciients. See all confirmed dates below.
GOATWHORE:
5/27-28/2017 Fort Worth Metal Fest @ The Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX
w/ Anciients:
6/09/2017 The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
6/10/2017 Backstage Lubbock Depot – Lubbock, TX
6/11/2017 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
6/12/2017 The Green Rom – Flagstaff, AZ
6/14/2017 Stork Club – Oakland, CA
6/15/2017 Old Nick’s Pub – Eugene, OR
6/16/2017 Northwest Terror Fest @ Neumos – Seattle, WA
6/20/2017 Generator Cabaret – Prince George, BC
6/21/2017 Distortion – Calgary, AB
6/22/2017 Brixx Bar & Grill – Edmonton, AB
6/23/2017 Riddell Center – Regina, SK
6/24/2017 Windsor Hotel – Winnipeg, MB
6/25/2017 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
6/26/2017 The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
6/27/2017 Frankies – Bryan, OH
6/29/2017 George’s Majestic Lounge – Springdale, AR
6/30/2017 Vino’s Brewpub – Little Rock, AR
7/01/2017 Maggie Meyers Irish Pub – Huntsville, AL

Goatwhore kicks off USA tour celebrating Metal Blade Records’ 35th anniversary

 

New Orleans’ Goatwhore is currently on the road with label-mates Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Allegaeon, and Necromancing The Stone for a special trek that celebrates Metal Blade Records’ 35th anniversary – with added headlining dates scattered throughout. Following these shows, the band will take a short break before joining Amon Amarth for two weeks’ worth of dates from May 1st to May 21st. Due to scheduling conflicts between the two tours, Goatwhore will not appear on six of the Metal Blade Records’ 35th Anniversary Tour stops. See below for all dates.

Mar. 2 – Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
Mar. 3 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY *
Mar. 4 – House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
Mar. 5 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
Mar. 7 – Divebar – Las Vegas, NV **
Mar. 8 – Belasco Theater – Los Angeles, CA
Mar. 9 – House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
Mar. 10 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
Mar. 11 – Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Mar. 12 – The Rock – Tucson, AZ **
Mar. 14 – House Of Blues – Houston, TX
Mar. 15 – House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
*=Goatwhore only
**=no Whitechapel

Goatwhore tour dates
w/ Amon Amarth:

May 1 – Vinyl – Pensacola, FL
May 2 – Varsity Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA
May 4 – New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
May 6 – The National – Richmond, VA
May 8 – TLA – Philadelphia, PA
May 9 – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT
May 10 – The Paramount – Huntington, NY
May 11 – The Garrison – Toronto, ON *
May 12 – 20 Monroe Live – Grand Rapids, MI
May 13 – Three Floyds Brewing – Munster, IN
May 16 – The Cotillion – Wichita, KS
May 17 – Boulder Theatre – Boulder, CO
May 19 – The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
May 20 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
*=Goatwhore only

Goatwhore recently completed tracking the follow-up to their acclaimed Constricting Rage Of The Merciless full-length. Titled Vengeful Ascension, the band’s latest studio offering was captured at Earth Analog near Champaign, Illinois. Fans will be able to pre-order Vengeful Ascension as part of an exclusive bundle only available directly from the band’s merch booth on both tours. The bundle will come with a t-shirt and laminate exclusive to this pre-order bundle only. The laminate will contain a special code to input online to have the physical copy of the album ship when released.

Celebrate 35 years of Metal Blade Records with Whitechapel and Cattle Decapitation

To commemorate Metal Blade Records’ 35th anniversary in 2017, four bands from the label’s much-celebrated roster will come together for a special US tour this March: WHITECHAPEL, CATTLE DECAPITATION, GOATWHORE, and ALLEGAEON. The tour will run from February 22nd in Boston, Massachusetts through March 16th in New Orleans, Louisiana. See below for all confirmed dates.
WHITECHAPEL, CATTLE DECAPITATION, GOATWHORE, ALLEGAEON
Celebrating Metal Blade Records’ 35th Anniversary:
2/22/2017 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
2/23/2017 Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
2/24/2017 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
2/25/2017 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
2/26/2017 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
2/28/2017 St. Andrew’s Hall – Detroit, MI
3/01/2017 Deluxe @ Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
3/02/2017 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
3/03/2017 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
3/04/2017 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
3/08/2017 Belasco Theater – Los Angeles, CA
3/09/2017 House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
3/10/2017 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
3/11/2017 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
3/14/2017 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
3/15/2017 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
3/16/2017 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA

After headlining the Impericon Never Say Die! European tour with Thy Art Is Murder, Carnifex, Fallujah,and more last month, WHITECHAPEL is ready to head out on the road again, in support of their new album, Mark Of The Blade. Hailed as “an exciting milestone” by AltPress, Mark Of The Blade sees WHITECHAPEL redefine who they are and what they are capable of with 11 tracks that leave a distinct impression on every listener. To view the band’s “Bring Me Home” video and to purchase the record in various formats, visit: metalblade.com/whitechapel.

CATTLE DECAPITATION recently joined forces with Brujeria for a US tour in support of their most recent full-length, 2015’s The Anthropocene Extinction. As the most sonically and thematically engrossing record of CATTLE DECAPITATION‘s maniacal discography, The Anthropocene Extinction was named one of the best albums of the year by Loudwire, MetalSucks, and MetalInjection, among many others. To preview and purchase the acclaimed The Anthropocene Extinction, visit: metalblade.com/cattledecapitation.

Currently on the road with Crowbar following a crushing Ozzfest performance, GOATWHORE is finishing up work on their seventh studio album, which was recorded and is being mixed entirely in analog format. Their previous record, 2014’s Constricting Rage Of The Merciless, was crowned their most, “varied record to date, as well as their strongest,” by Pitchfork and, “unrelentingly pummeling and brutally oppressive,” by PopMatters. Constricting Rage Of The Merciless can be previewed and purchased at: metalblade.com/goatwhore.
Since the release of their new album Proponent For Sentience this past September, ALLEGAEON has shared the stage with the likes of Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Megadeth,and more at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, and is currently touring with labelmates Battlecross and Necromancing The Stone on the annual Winter Warriors Tour. To preview and purchase Proponent For Sentience – a musically complex, intelligent, and absorbing concept album – visit: metalblade.com/allegaeon.