Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway
The band’s second album to use old school reel-to-reel in the recording laid down at Earth Analog in Tolono, Illinois with longtime soundman and comrade Jarrett Pritchard (1349, Gruesome), breaking a four-album tradition of working with Erik Rutan.
“Working with Rutan was awesome,” says Goatwhore frontman Ben Falgoust. “We did some great records with him. But you come to a point where you’re like, ‘All right. Let’s try something new.’ It was part of trying to remove ourselves from a comfort zone and a risk thing we needed to take. Plus, we really wanted to hit the essence of where we are live and what better way to harness that than by having our live sound guy involved. Jarrett is knowledgeable with the studio stuff. He also knows how we sound coming out of a PA and we really wanted to get closer to that.”
The resulting ten-track, forty-one-minute production – mixed by Chris Common (Tribulation, Pelican) and mastered by Maor Applebaum (Faith No More, Halford, Today Is The Day) – is a volatile battering of metal.
‘Vengeful Ascension’ will be available on CD, vinyl (in multiple limited color variations), and digital download or streaming formats. Various pre-order options are currently available at Metal Blade Records. The ‘Vengeful Ascension‘ title track is available for streaming below, as well as May 2017 tour date information.
‘Vengeful Ascension’ tracklist:
Under The Flesh, Into The Soul
Where The Sun Is Silent
Drowned In Grim Rebirth
Mankind Will Have No Mercy
Decayed Omen Reborn
Those Who Denied God’s Will
Goatwhore is currently on tour supporting Amon Amarth for two weeks worth of shows here in the U.S. The trek began on May 1st in Pensacola, Florida, will run through May 20th in Louisville, Kentucky, and includes an appearance at Dark Lord Day. See all confirmed dates below.
04 – New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
05 – The International – Knoxville, TN * Goatwhore only
06 – The National – Richmond, VA
08 – TLA – Philadelphia, PA
09 – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT
10 – The Paramount – Huntington, NY
11 – The Garrison – Toronto, ON * Goatwhore only
12 – 20 Monroe Live – Grand Rapids, MI
13 – Dark Lord Day @ Three Floyds Brewing – Munster, IN
16 – The Cotillion – Wichita, KS
17 – Boulder Theatre – Boulder, CO
18 – Lookout – Omaha, NE * Goatwhore only
19 – The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
20 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY