Guitarist Sammy Duet of New Orleans natives GOATWHORE recently spoke to Decibel magazine about the band’s forthcoming album, tentatively due in early 2012 via Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2009’s “Carving Out The Eyes Of God” was recorded at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer with Erik Rutan.
According to Duet, the upcoming CD will feature “the same exact [guitar] sound I used on ‘Carving Out The Eyes Of God’. We’re just trying to improve on that sound — make it bigger and fatter. That ‘Carving’ guitar sound was fucking incredible, and that’s why me and Rutan spent half the week trying to get it to sound even better, which I believe we achieved. It’s gonna have that growly, sub-nuclear kind of sound, but I think it’s gonna be almost more refined in a way — but still very nasty.”
He added, “The drums are a lot more natural-sounding. A lot of producers today, I don’t know; they make the drums sound fake. They sound good, but almost too good. We’re just trying to make it sound real and not like a drum machine.
“There’s the same amount of solos on ‘Carving’; maybe a few more. But there’s gonna be a lot of other… I wouldn’t exactly call them guitar solos that are gonna be going on underneath the music, but there’s gonna be certain things there that will be very different. There’s definitely some shit I’ve never really done before ever that I’ve just been experimenting with. You have to hear it. It’s hard to explain. It’s like a solo and not a solo.”
“I think a lot of people are expecting us to repeat ourselves, but it’s not gonna be like that. We could have easily gone and written ‘Carving Out The Eyes Of God Part II’ because that album is such a natural feeling for us musically. But we didn’t want to do that.”
Video footage of GOATWHORE performing a brand new song, “Beyond The Spell Of Discontent”, on September 16 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida can be seen below.
The entire concert is available at Tyronehood.tv.
GOATWHORE was honored in the “Best Heavy Metal” category at the Big Easy Awards, which was held on April 25 at Harrah’s in New Orleans, Louisiana. Also nominated for the award were ARSON ANTHEM and HAARP. GOATWHORE drummer Zack Simmons and guitarist Sammy Duet accepted the gong.
The Big Easy Awards in 2010 recognize achievement in local music and theater from 2010.
“Carving Out The Eyes Of God” sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 190. The album landed at No. 67 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
Photo credit: Alex Solca