Metal heads rejoiced because Goatwhore returned to San Diego on September 23 straight from The Big Easy… and no I’m not talking about Chuggo for once. The quintet from NOLA played their 15 song set list to a buzzing and inebriated crowd cause FRIDAY NIGHT! Now before we get to the hellishly good set Goatwhore brought to The Merrow, let’s talk about that (be)foreplay(?).
Local band Orphic Eye started off and knew exactly how to get everyone in the mood with their blend of death metal and extreme grindcore. The tousled vocals on this band will keep you on your toes and will pull you in to the chaos.
According to their Facebook page, the quintet is fairly new with nearly a year under their belts. New or seasoned, these guys have a lot to offer especially with their off the charts energy. Orphic Eye guarantees a good time whether it be moshing with their front man in the pit or just simply and gladly be blasted by his piercing growls all at once.
Local melodic black metal celebrities Ruines Ov Abaddon came up next and didn’t need much of an introduction. ROA effortlessly opened a pit and wasted no time, kicking things off with “Tongue Ov the Lamb” off of their latest EP Chaos Reborn.
ROA not only performed their recent material off their EP, but also went back to the basics playing several tracks off their last album such as “Remorseless Light Ov The Black Moon,” “To Hell With your God,” and the anthem “Kill For Satan.”
After finishing the set and leaving the crowd thirsty for more, Goatwhore took the reins on the dark stage and kicked off strongly with older material such as “End To Nothing” and “Collapse In Eternal Worth” off of their second to last album Blood For The Master and ventured farther back with “Alchemy Of the Black Sun Cult.”
After kicking off with some classics, the band dove in to some of the more recent material off of their last album such as “Poisonous Existence In Reawakening,” “Reanimated Sacrifice” and a special song dedicated to the metal ladies in the crowd, “FBS” which is a love song about intimacy with the big red man from the fiery pit in the ground…It was very touching :,)
Front man of Goatwhore, Ben Falgoust, riled up the crowd with his showmanship and blaring which was more than enough to command a pit. Falgoust’s desire to interact with fans not only fed the enthusiasm but it also made it a one of a kind experience.
Before closing with “Baring Teeth For Revolt,” Falgoust mentioned his distaste of the constant presence of cell phones in his face. Before some bricks were about to be collectively shat by everyone, the front man clarified and said he had nothing against pictures and was thankful that all in attendance were actually enjoying the show and not through a screen and was glad to see a minimal amount of phones and cameras. Phew! Till next time, Goatwhore!