Gearing up for the release of their new full-length, Vengeful Ascension — due out this Friday, June 21, via Metal Blade — New Orleans sludge outfit Goatwhore have unleashed the bludgeoning track "Mankind Will Have No Mercy." It follows the previously shared title-track, as well as "Chaos Arcane." Listen below.
An abrasive, defiant barnstormer, "Mankind Will Have No Mercy" lends itself well to Vengeful Ascension's themes of cosmic rebellion and moral relativity.
"There's that whole idea of Lucifer being the anti-hero," said Goatwhore frontman Ben Falgoust. "He's cast out from this place in Heaven to the depths of nothing. He keeps trying to ascend to the top again but no matter what, there's always this significant force trying to destroy him at any point and banish him back to Hell. If you look at it from an everyday aspect in life, it's the idea of people, hitting the bottom of the barrel or you know, things just aren't going right in life ... emotion plays a huge part in how people react. Whether it's based on love or hatred or sadness or whatever, there's always an aspect of emotion that drives people to an extent. So the whole idea of a 'Vengeful Ascension' is built on being at the bottom, working your way to the top, and realizing along the way that there are other facets to the journey aside from just pure retribution. Within negativity, there can exist a positive angle as well."
If you're gunning to hear "Mankind Will Have No Mercy" in-person, you're in luck: Goatwhore are currently touring North America with Anciients, with dates scheduled through the end of this month. Come September, they'll support Venom Inc. on their North American tour, which also features Toxic Holocaust and the Convalescence.
Jun. 21 - Calgary, AB – Distortion !
Jun. 22 - Edmonton, AB – Brixx Bar & Grill !
Jun. 23 - Regina, SK – Riddell Center !
Jun. 24 - Winnipeg, MB – Windsor Hotel !
Jun. 25 - Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club!
Jun. 26 - Cudahy, WI – The Metal Grill !
Jun. 27 - Bryan, OH – Frankies !
Jun. 28 - St. Louis, OH – Fubar !
Jun. 29 - Springdale, AR – George's Majestic Lounge !
Jun. 30 - Little Rock, AR – Vino's Brewpub !
Jul. 01 - Huntsville, AL – Maggie Meyers Irish Pub !
Sept. 01 - Philadelphia, PA – Voltage #
Sept. 02 - New York, NY – Gramercy Theater #
Sept. 03 - Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall #
Sept. 04 - Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques #
Sept. 05 - Toronto, ON – Mod Club #
Sept. 07 - Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom #
Sept. 08 - Chicago, IL – Reggies #
Sept. 09 - Cave In Rock, IL – Full Terror Metal Fest #
Sept. 10 - Kansas City, MO – Riot Room #
Sept. 11 - Denver, CO – Marquis Theater #
Sept. 13 - Spokane, WA – The Pin #
Sept. 14 - Seattle, WA – Studio 7 #
Sept. 15 - Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater #
Sept. 16 - Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater #
Sept. 18 - San Francisco, CA – Slims #
Sept. 19 - Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre #
Sept. 20 - San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick #
Sept. 21 - Phoenix, AZ – Club Red #
Sept. 22 - El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls #
Sept. 23 - Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey #
Sept. 24 - Austin, TX – Grizzly Hall #
Sept. 25 - Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall #
Sept. 26 - New Orleans, LA – Parish at HOB #
Sept. 28 - Miami, FL – Churchill's #
Sept. 29 - Tampa, FL – Orpheum #
Sept. 30 - Orlando, FL – The Haven #
Oct. 1 - Atlanta, GA – Masquerade #
Oct. 2 - Baltimore, MD – Soundstage #
! w/ Anciients
# w/ Venom Inc., Toxic Holocaust, The Convalescence