Goatsnake – Flower Of Disease Reissued   1 comment

Goatsnake was formed in 1996 after the disbanding of The Obsessed. After The Obsessed’s disbanding, the rhythm section consisting of Guy Pinhas (former bassist of the Dutch stonerband Beaver) on bass and Greg Rogers on drums began jamming with guitarist Greg Anderson (Thorr’s Hammer, Burning Witch, Sunn O)))). They soon found a vocalist in Pete Stahl (Scream, Wool, Earthlings?, Desert Sessions). Goatsnake recorded and released two 7″ EPs in 1998 and were featured on several metal compilations. They released their debut full-length titled 1, in 1999 on Man’s Ruin Records.Goatsnake toured Europe in support of their debut album and played with bands such as Unida, Fatso Jetson, and Electric Wizard. They returned in 2000 for a U.K. tour with Orange Goblin and Sunn O))), another Anderson project.In 2000 Pinhas left Goatsnake to join Acid King and was replaced by Stuart Dahlquist of Burning Witch. Goatsnake released a split with Burning Witch on Hydra Head Records that same year. They also released the Dog Days EP on Anderson’s Southern Lord Records that same year. Later that year they released their second album, “Flower of Disease” also on the sadly departed Mans Ruin Records label.

The band split in 2001 and then reunited in 2004 with Anderson and Stahl being joined by bassist Scott Reeder (The Obsessed, Kyuss) and drummer JR (Cave In). They recorded three songs which were released on the Trampled Under Hoof EP along with two previously vinyl-only tracks. This same year also saw the release of the compilation “1 + Dog Days” by Southern Lord Records. Now moving onto 2010, the “Flower Of Disease” album has been re-issued by Southern Lord so if you miss out on the album the first time around, here is your chance to see what all the fuss was about. You also have to remember that the album was out of print for close to 8 years, that in itself is a total tradegy as this is one hell of a important release in the history of Doom and Sludge Metal. Engineered and mixed by Nick Raskulinecz who has worked on Danzig, Alice In Chains and the Foo Fighters, this album sounds as fresh today as it did in all those years ago. It also has a unique place in the Goatsnake catalog as it is (in my humble opinion) the heaviest but also the most melodic Goatsnake album. Goatsnake was very old school, taking cues from Black Sabbath but cranking it up with heavy doses of Sludge and Doom Metal with a southern rock feel.

“Flower of Disease”, the opening track is my personal favorite tune on the disc with its haunting vocal lines from Pete Stahl and the following “Prayer For A Dying” is almost just as good, this tune is damn catchy. “Easy Greasy” is driven along with gigantic amounts of fuzz and has a stomping groove and “El Coyote” is of course one of Goatsnake’s greatest moments with its southern tinged blues heavy groove and the use of harmonica. Its also more uptempo than the rest of the album so it provides a welcome change of pace. “The Dealer” is a slithering sludge-fest and features guests Petra Haden and Dave Catching (QOTSA, Mondo Generator & Eagles Of Death Metal). “A Truckload Of Mamma’s Muffins” is as cool as the song title itself but its also the weirdest track here. I know some people never liked the track but I have always liked it. “Live To Die” is one of those magical moments in Sludge Metal history as it totally kicks butt similar to “El Coyote”. The album ends with the 8 minute “The River” and its another killer tune that has stood the test of time.

This hasn’t been a review, more like a Doom Metal community service announcement. “Flower Of Disease” is a album that you can listen to forever and it never gets dull or loses any of its impact. Cheers to Southern Lord for making this available again, it was re-issued in part because of Goatsnake’s appearance at 2010’s Roadburn Festival but it should have never gone out of print anyway. If you didn’t buy it the first time around, now is the time to sample the delights of Goatsnake and if you are like me and completely worn out your original copy, here is a brand new shiny copy for ya. Essential. 9.5/10

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Posted August 13, 2010 by doommantia in Goatsnake

One response to “Goatsnake – Flower Of Disease Reissued

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  1. Yes, one of my favorites!!

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