Metal giants Goatwhore performed at St. Louis’ premier metal and punk club Fubar with special local guests Xaemora and Lyluth.
New Orleans natives shredding blackened death metal, Goatwhore, came to Fubar in St. Louis in support of their 2014 release, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless, with special local guests Xaemora and Lyluth. Fubar is steadily increasing its reputation as the place to play for metal and punk acts either in or coming in to St. Louis, and this show was no exception.
Goatwhore has been around for about 16 years, and during that time there were at least two major instances where their fans thought the band was over. The first, early in 2002, was a near-fatal car accident that left vocalist Ben Falgoust partially and temporarily paralyzed, and the second was just three years later when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and the band had to leave behind their equipment in their practice space. Luckily, Falgoust recovered completely, even learning to walk again while recording their 2003 release, Funeral Dirge for the Rotting Sun, and when the band was able to return to New Orleans, they were able to load up their equipment and relocate.
Their show at Fubar was as heavy and hard-hitting as any they’ve done, but don’t let the dark and dreary lyrics fool you, every member of the band (Falgoust, drummer Zack Simmons, bassist James Harvey, and guitarist Sammy Duet) are all exceptionally gracious to the fans, taking as much time as the venue could allow to shake hands and talk to as many as possible while inside, then continuing the conversations outside.
Xaemora are St. Louis locals who are gaining quite the reputation as a solid black metal band who has also opened up for, Morbid Angel, Absu, Abigail Williams, and Havok. While singer/guitarist Dreathus and his guitarist counterpart, Hartvaig are trading licks to the pounding of VonEckhardt‘s drums, keyboardist Deyanira stands stone-faced behind her keyboards, contrasting against the wildness of her band mates.
Lyluth are another local act from St. Louis who have a more technical/melodic/death metal sound and a great complement to the lineup of the night.