Goatwhore continues to evolve their sound towards the days of the first wave of Black Metal with their latest release, Carving Out The Eyes Of God. Now, if you have no idea what this band is all about, that album title should sum it up for you. With the sudden burst of bands reverting to the old school/”first wave” styles, where does this band stand?
Well, this album is mixed with the music from their last album, A Haunting Curse, as well as music clearly inspired by pioneering bands such as Venom. This blend of modern-day Black and Death Metal with the old school Heavy Metal sound throughout leads to some absolutely insane songs, and a few tracks that are just so-so. “Apocalyptic Havoc” is just pure insanity from start to end and will easily be your favorite song off the album, but then you have the title track, “Carving Out The Eyes Of God”, which has more of a generic Black Metal feel with early Metal tinges thrown in, as well as a killer solo. Of course, there is the Death Metal influence shown in the material as well, predominantly in “Shadow Of A Rising Knife” which makes that influence known well, especially at the end thanks to the vocals and pounding drums.
The rest of the album is pretty good, but nothing really stand out to rave over. If a good majority of Carving Out The Eyes Of God sounded like “Apocalyptic Havoc”, this would be one hell of a CD. But, sadly it doesn’t. That track, as well as “The All-Destroying”, “Reckoning Of The Soul Made Godless” and “Razor Flesh Devoured” are really the only stand out tracks on the release, everything else just seems like your typical Black and Death Metal fused album. Now, that’s not saying it’s bad, these songs are still good in their own sense, but it’s nothing really new or spectacular that is being brought to the table. “To Mourn And Forever Wander Through Forgotten Doorways”, however, is a different story for everything here because of how different it is, being a very slow-paced traditional Black Metal song that one could see being performed by Immortal. You’ll either love this one, or absolutely hate it.
So, with a decent amount of stellar tracks, and the rest being enjoyable but nothing special, this is an album that is worth your time to listen to it. Fans of Goatwhore will definitely love the album, and take great joy to know that this band is continuing to evolve into a monster. If they continue to write songs like “Apocalyptic Havoc” and “To Mourn And Forever Wander Through Forgotten Doorways”, then this band will be a greater force to be reckoned with. Until then, it’s clear the band has the talent and potential on Carving Out The Eyes Of God, but they haven’t fully realized it yet.