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Goatwhore performing in 2018
Goatwhore performing in 2018
Background information
OriginNew Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
GenresBlackened death metal, black metal, thrash metal
Years active1997–present
LabelsMetal Blade, Noise
MembersSammy Duet
L. Ben Falgoust II
Zack Simmons
Robert Coleman
Past membersBen Stout
Zak Nolan
Pat Bruders
Tim Holsinger
Nathan Bergeron
Jared Benoit
James Harvey

Goatwhore is an American extreme metal band formed in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1997.


Goatwhore was formed by guitarist/backing vocalist Sammy “Pierre” Duet, who was previously the lead guitarist for Louisiana sludge metal band Acid Bath. The band's origins can date back to 1991 with Sammy and drummer Zak Nolan. The band was at the time called "Killgore" with Duet on lead guitar and vocals and Zak Nolan on drums. Killgore would release a number of demos up until 1997 when they changed their name to Goatwhore, after Acid Bath dissolved due to the death of bassist Audie Pitre. Soilent Green lead vocalist Louis Benjamin Falgoust II, rhythm guitarist Ben Stout and bassist Pat Bruders completed the lineup, which debuted with the demo Serenades to the Tides of Blood; Goatwhore's official debut LP, The Eclipse of Ages into Black, followed in early 2000. Funeral Dirge for the Rotting Sun appeared in 2003 before the band jumped to Metal Blade for the fall release of 2006's A Haunting Curse.[1]

They performed at both Ozzfest 2008 and Ozzfest 2010.[2]

In 2009, Goatwhore released their fourth album, Carving Out the Eyes of God, and toured with Obituary, among others.

In January and February 2010, Goatwhore embarked on the 'Bound by the Road' tour with DevilDriver, Suffocation, and Thy Will Be Done.

In 2010, the band was confirmed as being part of the soundtrack for Namco Bandai Games' 2010 remake of the video game Splatterhouse.

In early 2012, the band released their fifth album, Blood for the Master.

On March 10, 2014, the band completed recording their sixth album, titled Constricting Rage of the Merciless, which was released on July 8, 2014.[3]

On September 11, 2014, bassist James Harvey decided to sit out touring, due to the birth of his son, so Robert Coleman was hired to fill in for him on live shows.

Goatwhore at Party.San Metal Open Air, Germany, 2016

Vengeful Ascension was released on June 23, 2017. It was the last album to feature James Harvey on bass, who departed the band the same year, and was replaced by Robert Coleman after serving as the band's live bassist since 2014.

James Harvey died on July 26, 2023, at the age of 35.[4]

Lyrical themes[edit]

Goatwhore songs often contain themes of Satanism, witchcraft, anti-Christianity, and the occult.

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Sammy Duet – guitar (1997–present), backing vocals (1998–present), lead vocals (1997–1998)
  • L. Ben Falgoust II – lead vocals (1998–present)
  • Zack Simmons – drums (2004–present)
  • Robert "Trans Am" Coleman – bass (2017–present, touring 2014–2017)
Touring members
  • Sam "Samus" Paulicelli – bass (2009)
Former members
  • Jared Benoit – lead vocals (1997)
  • Ben Stout – guitar (1997–2002)
  • Zak Nolan – drums (1997–2003)
  • Pat Bruders – bass (1997–2004)
  • Tim Holsinger – guitar (2002–2003)
  • Nathan Bergeron – bass, backing vocals (2004–2009)
  • James Harvey – bass (2009–2017) (died 2023)



Studio albums[edit]

Split albums[edit]

  • Goatwhore / Epoch of Unlight (2003)


  • "(Don't Need) Religion" (2011)
  • "Command to Destroy" (2017)


  • Serenades to the Tides of Blood (1998)


  1. ^ "Goatwhore - Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  2. ^ "Ozzfest homepage". Ozzfest.com. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  3. ^ "Goatwhore Completes Work On New Album". Blabbermouth.net. March 10, 2014. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  4. ^ "Former Goatwhore/Ritual Killer Bassist James Harvey Has Passed Away, GoFundMe Launched For His Sons". The PRP. August 2, 2023. Retrieved August 2, 2023.

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