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Goatwhore's "Carving Out The Eyes of God" is definitely a different installment from any other band out there, not that the band is "super" unique, but they have a certain power that's a breath of fresh air. This death/black metal band really know how to bring havoc to your ears, in a good way. The album in its entirety has a sort of lopsided variety, meaning that they seem to play songs that fall into the death metal category rather than black metal. In terms of image and in some songs, the black metal is there, but it seems as though death metal really dominates the album most of the time.
When you listen to the first song, "Apocalyptic Havoc", you can tell that there's a mesh of metal sub genres all mixed into one big piece. You get these thrash riffs that are shredded to perfection, death metal vocals that play along well with the riffs, and then there's the black metal- influenced lyrics! That's not all, 'cause you may get that experience on "Havoc" and then get a total switch on another song where the guitar work is Dark Funeral-influenced and the vocals are solely death metal.
I must stress, however, that this album and its content tend to get a bit boring after a while. You're listening to "Apocalyptic Havoc" and then the next track just makes you lose interest a little because you're so used to the previous track. In other words, it's very easy to like just one or two songs off the album and then you'll just completely ignore the rest. Also, death metal dominates this album and there's definitely no issue with that, however, the black metal part of the whole thing is lacking by a long shot. Where's the black metal? Some may say that it's right in front of them and that it's present. Others would disagree and see the death metal aspect. I for one can hear the black metal, but not an awful lot of it.
This album is a blast, but it's meant to be an occasional listen. Some may disagree and like this album and listen to it over and over again. This album is debatable on whether or not it's a good album for many reasons, like the absence of black metal, repetitiveness, or even just the sound quality. No matter what, this album isn't for everybody.