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Abigail Williams, Goatwhore, Daath, Abysmal Dawn, Success Will Write Apocalypse Across the Sky 

When: Thu., July 30, 6 p.m. 2009
Price: $13
Founded by former Acid Bath guitarist Sammy Duet, this New Orleans metal band—which also includes Soilent Green front man Ben Falgoust and Nachtmystium drummer Zack Simmons—has seen its share of adversity. Goatwhore suffered through Katrina along with the rest of the city (the storm killed one of Falgoust’s former bandmates from Soilent Green), and in 2002 Falgoust was temporarily confined to a wheelchair after breaking both legs in a van crash. But that’s not why the group has tended to go three years between albums—rather Falgoust is determined to prevent either of his bands from becoming a mere side project, and splits his time pretty equally between them. (Soilent Green put out a record last year.) At any rate, Goatwhore’s fourth full-length, the new Carving Out the Eyes of God (Metal Blade), would’ve been worth a much longer wait. Though you’ll hear the band called “blackened death metal” (the kind of description necessary to placate the scene’s finicky taxonomists), to these ringing ears the new album sounds like a furious blast of satanic majesty from the heroic age before metal was overrun by niche-marketing hairsplitters—the days of Celtic Frost and Venom, when all that mattered was who sounded the most fucking evil. Goatwhore have some of the grandeur of black metal (without the keyboards) and some of the architectural sweep of art-metal (without the epic-length songs), but at bottom they’re all about badass rock swagger and old-school rib-cage rattling. Abigail Williams headlines; Goatwhore, Daath, Abysmal Dawn, and Success Will Write Apocalypse Across the Sky open. —Monica Kendrick

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