|Origin||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Genres||Doom metal, black metal, death metal|
Nuclear War Now Productions
|Associated acts||Doom Snake Cult
Spun in Darkness
|Past members||Ace Still
Goatlord began in 1985 although they did not release their first demo until June 1987. Their initial offering was a mixture of sludge and death metal only titled 1987 Demo. A cult following grew and tape-traders renamed this first demo as Forever Black Dwell in Hell, a line take from the song "Unholy Black Slut". Their second demo, Sodomize the Goat was a much deeper look into the Goatlord depravity and metallic sound. Goatlord began to change their musical style into a slower and more convincing mode of metal sound and continued to record only one more demo in 1991 before tensions grew about the band's progression. The majority of the members wanted to go towards a slower, more droning approach and the debate continued until vocalist Ace Stills ventured off with his own band Doom Snake Cult.
Goatlord's received a recording contract with Turbo Records and with their remaining members, began to work on their first full-length record without Ace. They had hired Mitch Harris of Napalm Death as their replacement vocalist. The entire album was recorded with Mitch as the vocalist and only a few last-minute adjustments needed to be compiled before mastering. At this time Ace returned and asked to rejoin the fledgling band. The remaining members conceded and briefly re-united. It was unknown to the band that when Ace laid down his vocal tracks for the album, he recorded over Mitch's vocal tracks, destroying them. There weren't any other versions of Mitch's vocals and those tracks are lost forever. While Mitch's vocals did not appear on that album his contributions to back-up vocals did make it on the Reflections of the Solstice album.
In 2007 Nuclear War Now Productions released their CD The Last Sodomy of Mary. This album contains 9 songs that were recorded after Reflections of the Solstice but were unreleased until now. The die-hard LP version comes with a second vinyl with 7 additional tracks of unreleased/live/cover material.
Tensions ensued between the band members which led to Goatlord's dissolution in 1997. Jeff Nardone is currently in death metal band Spun in Darkness formed in 2006. Jeff Schwob currently records under the name Schwob since 2011. Former guitarist Joe Frankulin administrated the shock website Bloodshows.com until his death in 2015, after committing a murder-suicide. against his neighbors.
- 1987: Demo '87
- 1988: Sodomize the Goat
- 1991: Reflections of the Solstice
- 1992: Goatlord
- 2007: The Last Sodomy of Mary
- 2003: Distorted Birth: The Demos
- 2004: Foreshadow / Reaper Of Man (Split with Nunslaughter)
- Jeff Schwob - bass, (1986–1997)
- Jeff Nardone - drums (1986–1997)
- Chris Gans - vocals (1991–1997)
- Ace Still - Vocals (1986–1991)
- Joe Frankulin - guitars (1986–1997; died 2015)