What more can I say that hasn’t been said by anyone here already? I really like this album. I don’t find it too raw, nor is it overly polished. It takes a good dose of positive lessons learned from Falgoust’s other band Soilent Green (which is no bad thing given the bands depth of approach to making heavy metal!), and it has enough variety and dare I say melody to make it an absurdly good album.
Goatwhore, to me, has come from being just another blackened black/death metal ‘we are badder than bad’ band to something more respectable by way of consistently good songwriting as experienced here with COtEoG. Not sure people will like it but I found that I had to compare it with Soilent Green’s ‘Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction’ almost straightaway, with its hammer and nail thrashy delivery. These boys don’t like choruses and they don’t like mediocre expressions of anything either, which is a refreshing thing. The Celtic Frost homage can be picked up too and is refreshing to hear.
My favourite song of them all for me has got to be the catchy title song COtEoG, but it’s good from the get-go right through to the reflective end. Needless to say, I am basically finished with my heavy metal / death metal phase which has lasted me 5 or so years, and I have moved onto jazz, electronica and other forms of music. But I still really enjoy listening to this particular album. The only criticism I can find?…. is perhaps that they need a new subject matter, however it’s a minor infraction for an album that even God will find Himself moving to.