Goatsnake - Flower Of Disease
Label: Southern Lord / Burning World Records
LORD116, – BWR011
Mailorder edition. 180 gram Blue vinyl.
Limited to 760 copies.
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Limited Edition, Blue 180g
Released: Apr 2010
Style: Stoner Rock, Doom Metal
A1 Flower Of Disease
Backing Vocals – Petra Haden 6:39
A2 Prayer For A Dying 4:40
A3 Easy Greasy
Jew's Harp [Mouth Harp] – Chad Essig
Lap Steel Guitar – Dave Catching 5:14
A4 El Coyote 4:39
B1 The Dealer 5:26
B2 A Truckload Of Mamma's Muffins 5:58
B3 Live To Die 3:19
B4 The River
Backing Vocals, Violin – Petra Haden
Piano – Mathias Schneebeger 8:14
Flower of Disease" is in my opinion the peak of Goatsnake's unfortunately short career, which created just 2 LP's and 2 EP's. This album was the follow-up to 1999's debut LP "I" and the short EP "Dog Days", and proved to be their heaviest, most melodic and most intelligent album.
While the album falls into the stoner/doom genre, I would really recommend it to anyone who loves a bit of old school rock n roll. The Sabbath worship is obvious yet executed in a fresh manner with more emphasis on vocal melody, and a heavy blues influence that recalls the swaggering heydays of Led Zeppelin. But be warned, this album is a heavy monster...
This is mostly down to Greg Anderson (also of cult doom maniacs Sunn O))) and Thorr's Hammer), who has created such an immensely rich and powerful guitar tone using his trademark `mystery' tuning which he will not reveal, some big fat juicy riffs, and of course those mighty Sunn amps.
His presence on this album is amazing. The opening bluesy dirge of the title track is a perfect and instantaneous example.
Groove is definitely a big part of the Goatsnake sound, and they repeat the winning formula of big tone - big riff - slow groove with tracks such as the thundering "Dealer" and "Truckload of Mamma's Muffins".
There are also some more typically stoner tracks with the rocking fun of "Live to Die" and "El Coyote".
Pete Stahl also needs special mention here. Goatsnake simply wouldn't be the same without his melodic vocals, which pierce through the heavy tones, giving the band a very distinctive sound and melody.
This is highlighted in the one-two punch of the title track and "Prayer For A Dying", with the latter having a divine chorus melody.
The band also have a great understanding of composition, always keeping things interesting with changes in tempo/riffs/melodies, this is shown especially in the closer "The River" which encompasses the trademark violin sections with a slow brooding main riff.
Goatsnake are tragically overlooked in the world of stoner/doom metal, and carved a somewhat cult status for themselves.
If you know you enjoy bands such as Sleep, Orange Goblin, Kyuss, Sunn O))) etc, then you really do need this album.
If you love 70s rock and metal in general, then you cannot go wrong with this one, just be warned about the mammoth guitar tone!
Goatsnake - A Truckload Of Mamma's Muffins
Goatsnake - Live To Die
the intro sounds like the apocalypse.
Probably the best intro of a song I've ever heard
Goatsnake - Prayer For A Dying
has a divine chorus melody.
Goatsnake - Flower Of Disease
GOATSNAKE - Live at Hellfest 2011
01-Flower Of Disease
04-Lord Of Los Feliz