The band began in 1997 with Acid Bath guitarist/vocalist Sammy Duet's intention of making raw, fast Death Metal that broke from the Gothic sensibilities of Scandanavian Metal. Duet and drummer Zak Nolan began working on Black Metal jams during breaks in Acid Bath's schedule. When Acid Bath dissolved following the death of bassist Audie Pitre, Duet and Nolan recruited Soilent Green guitarist Ben Stout and bassist Patrick Bruders to form an actual band (the name came from an epithet directed at an unattractive stripper by one of Duet's friends).
Goatwhore played as a quartet with Duet on vocals until his jaw was broken in a bar fight; Soilent Green vocalist Ben Falgoust filled in so they wouldn't have to cancel scheduled dates and remained after Duet's jaw healed.
Goatwhore recorded its demo cassette, Serenades to the Tides of Blood, in 1998, followed by its actual debut album, 2000's The Eclipse of Ages into Black, and 2003's Funeral Dirge for the Rotting Sun, recorded as a quartet after Stout's departure. The band signed with Metal Blade for 2006's A Haunting Curse. By then, Bruders had joined Crowbar (Duet had done a brief stint with them as well) and Nolan left to concentrate on Ritual Killer (which remains active, with Duet on guitar). In 2004, 17-year-old drummer Zack Simmons joined, while Ritual Killer bassist James Harvey came aboard in 2009.Goatwhore's fifth album, the brutally thunderous Blood for the Master, was released early last year to overwhelmingly positive response, including an 8/10 review from Metal bible, Decibel Magazine. If you like your Death Metal with a side of Motörhead, a splash of Jägermeister and more than a touch of evil, Goatwhore is your cup of black tar tea.
GOATWHORE performs Monday, May 6 with 3 Inches of Blood, Withered and Abiotic at Thompson House in Newport. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.