Metal Review: Goatwhore: Constricting Rage of the Merciless (2014)

Goatwhore Constricting Rage of the Merciless

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New Orleans based death metal outfit Goatwhore are back with their sixth studio album, “Constricting Rage of the Merciless,” out now via Metal Blade Records. The album was recorded with Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal) at his Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The band was serious about getting that analog sound, so the entire album was tracked to 2″ tape and not digitally recorded per the norm. You do note the raw tones that the band achieves on this release, so they got what they wished for on that. Even though there is that rawness, the album definitely does not suffer for it.

As you would expect with any Goatwhore release, the album gets right down to business with the opener Poisonous Existence in Reawakening. As with the majority of the album, the riff rules the sound of the band and some of the best riffs can be heard on Unraveling Paradise.

Songs like Cold Earth Consumed in Dying Flesh are slow, brooding tracks that sound like the soundtrack to hell with the crunchy riffs and intense vocal work.

Goatwhore also shows their experimental side with tracks such as Baring Teeth For Revolt and FBS offering up an alternate take of varying styles.

Overall, “Constricting Rage of the Merciless” is a hell of an album that shows what Goatwhore can do. Now, all they need is a little well-deserved respect in the metal community.

Constricting Rage of the Merciless Rating

7.5 Stars (7.5 / 10)

Constricting Rage of the Merciless Tracklisting

01. Poisonous Existence in Reawakening
02. Unraveling Paradise
03. Baring Teeth For Revolt
04. Reanimated Sacrifice
05. Heaven’s Crumbling Walls Of Pity
06. Cold Earth Consumed in Dying Flesh
07. FBS
08. Nocturnal Conjuration of the Accursed
09. Schadenfreude
10. Externalize This Hidden Savagery