At first brush it seems like Goatwhore would be just another shtick number in a long line of sappy run-of-the-mill post-emo bands so often grouped under the misnomer indie. But then again, Goatwhore is everything a person could want from a metal band and then some from the maniacal lead singer with ass-length hair to a multipierced bassist with three-inch spiked bracelets à la Kerry King to raw, savage thrash metal performed with a whole lot of sincerity. This New Orleans band, featuring members of Crowbar and Soilent Green, has nothing but tons of street credibility and has been touring incessantly since its inception in 1997. Aside from cruising on America's highways in a converted box truck, they've also persevered through severe loss during Hurricane Katrina and released their latest piece of heavy dark subterfuge, A Haunting Curse, on the legendary Metal Blade imprint. Not surprisingly, they're on tour, again, and the uninitiated should proceed with caution before viewing this show. They've got enough chutzpah on-stage to channel the ghosts of Dimebag Darrell and Sid Vicious, which is a lot of raucous energy, so dress to sweat.
Goatwhore plays with 1349, Nachtmystium, and Averse Sefira at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $16 in advance or $18 at the door. Call 954 564-1074, or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
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