Goatlord (band)

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Origin Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Genres Doom metal, black metal, death metal[1]
Years active 1985—1997
Labels Turbo Music, JL American, Nuclear War Now Productions
Associated acts Doom Snake Cult, Napalm Death, Spun in Darkness
Past members Ace Still
Joe Frankulin
Jeff Nardone
Jeff Schwob

Goatlord was an extreme metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada.


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 involving his neighbor and her 8-year-old son.[2]



  • 1987: Demo '87
  • 1988: Sodomize the Goat

Albums (studio)[edit]

  • 1991: Reflections of the Solstice
  • 1992: Goatlord
  • 2007: The Last Sodomy of Mary

Albums (compilations)[edit]

  • 2003: Distorted Birth: The Demos

Albums (split)[edit]

  • 2004: Foreshadow / Reaper Of Man (Split with Nunslaughter)


Final lineup[edit]

  • Jeff Schwob - bass, (1986–1997)
  • Jeff Nardone - drums (1986–1997)
  • Chris Gans - vocals (1991–1997)

Former members[edit]

  • Ace Still - Vocals (1986–1991; died 2017)
  • Joe Frankulin - guitars (1986–1997; died 2015)

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Goatlord biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-05. 
  2. ^ Torres, Ricardo (October 3, 2015). "Shooter's neighbors knew he was planning something". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Las Vegas, Nevada. Retrieved October 8, 2015. 

* The official Goatlord site