As countless young bands began claiming stake in the death and black metal influence game as quickly as they discovered the styles themselves, a wicked brew of southern discomfort was being brewed by some of New Orleansâ€™ finest extreme music creators who decided Goatwhore to be the best moniker for their new project. Founded in the late nineties by Ben Falgoust of Soilent Green and Sammy Pierre Duet of Acid Bath and Crowbar, the band crawled along in the underground over the years, reviving old school black metal for those lucky enough to find out about the band. But with A Haunting Curse, their newest and by far most accessible album yet thanks to a heap of factors including a new, young beast of a drummer Zack Simmons tightening up the rhythm section and Erik Rutan making the album sound like real thunder living in a compact disc, Goatwhore are finally receiving the opportunity to show each corner of the sprawling metal scene how the old school is best paid homage to. QCHCâ€™s Michael Gluck spoke with the band during their recent stop in Montreal opening for Cannibal!Corpse
Here we are with Goatwhore, now
on Metal Blade Records. Are you shocked that at your age youâ€™ve been
signed by a label as big as this?
Ben & Sammy: At our AGE!?
Sammy: Youâ€™re making us sound like a bunch ofâ€¦OLD AGE!? (laughs)
Ben: Personally, or age as a band?
For years Iâ€™ve been listening to you guys in Soilent Green and
Acid Bath. Iâ€™d say back to the early/mid-nineties. Labels are into
signing young bands these days, theyâ€™re into signing kids.
Ben: So youâ€™re saying weâ€™re oldâ€¦
Zack: Heâ€™s saying weâ€™re a bunch of old men!
Thatâ€™s right, youâ€™re old men. But good old men.
Ben: Well yeah, I mean, I guess; but we bring just as extreme music to the table.
No doubt, if not more.
Ben: So I guess itâ€™s just a theory, that age doesnâ€™t matter
in this. Metal Blade has been quite interested for a while, since
Sammy: Theyâ€™ve been in contact with us for quite a long time.
Itâ€™s taken a very long time to get this worked out, so finally it
How has the label been treating you thus far? Are they treating you well?
Ben: Oh yeah, everythingâ€™s going really good so far. Itâ€™s a
lot different than the previous label, you know. The situationâ€™s a
little different. Metal Blade is more of an impacting, high-velocity
label with a lot of bands on it, whereas Rotten Records was a smaller
sort of thing.
The first two Goatwhore albums were released on Rottenâ€¦
And Acid Bath.
What are your impressions of that label?
Sammy: Weâ€™re not allowed to talk about that anymore!
Ben: We donâ€™t want to go into that.
Ben: Letâ€™s just say he did what he could for Goatwhore for the time being. But Goatwhore needed to progress to another label.
Sammy: Exactly. He couldnâ€™t do what we wanted to see as a
band, for a future; he couldnâ€™t handle it. Being the small label that
he is. So we had to move on to something bigger and better.
Just to clarify, the reason why I said â€œoldâ€ before is because Iâ€™m
writing for some years now, I work with labels, and I see how excited
they are signing young bands, one after another.
Ben: Dude, for us, with age comes wisdom! And also what comes
is solidity. Because you got a lot of these younger bands, and then
talk about longevity, well many of them donâ€™t have it.
Theyâ€™ll break up after two albums.
Ben: Yeah, itâ€™s a situation where maybe the label wants to
cash in on them real quick. Weâ€™ve seen the quote unquote trends come
and go. Weâ€™ve got a longer-term past to what weâ€™re doing right now.
Guys in their early/mid-thirties like yourselvesâ€¦.
Ben: Early (laughs).
Usually by your age, most people would rather not be on tour all the
time. Guys tend to want to be with their families, or at home.
Ben: You know, itâ€™s fun, as a small thing. Just to make a pun
out of it. We just got off the road with Celtic Frost, and weâ€™re doing
these three shows, and you see an older band like Celtic Frost or Fear
Factor (sic). We see that they roll up in a bus, and they have a crew.
Weâ€™ve been ditching it out in a van. So to us, if one of those dudes is
complaining, itâ€™s funny to us, because itâ€™s like, â€œYouâ€™ve got it set.
You get onto a bus, you get off of a bus that drives you to another
town.â€ So if we were in the position of being on a bus, it would be so
fuckinâ€™ easy for us.
Youâ€™re humble guys, there arenâ€™t many guys like you. How do you manage that, having so many albums under your belts?
Ben: Weâ€™re humble but weâ€™re jaded. Weâ€™re jaded about a lot of
thing. Just about the industry and how things go with the industry. But
so be it. So weâ€™ll crack funnies at the people in the buses, like
â€œYeah, it must be nice, you know, to take a shower. We havenâ€™t bathed
in a week-and-a-half. We sleep on a seat in the van. We pull up to the
venue, weâ€™re stuck IN the van, waiting for you to do what youâ€™ve gotta
do, and then to complain about what you donâ€™t have going on. We just
set up and throw it to the fuckinâ€™ crowd, get off. Load in during
freezing weather, load out during freezing weather, we just do what we
have to do.
Well, thatâ€™s the kind of perseverance that will take you guys a long way.
Ben: Definitely, I hope so. I mean, if we got huge, that
would be nice and everything. But if we got to a decent level where we
were getting paid for thing ahead of time, like a house, that would be
great. If we could have something steady. Like the Melvins. The Melvins
never got huge, but they always stabilized at a point, and they were
always able to just go on the road and make just enough money on the
road to keep their lives going. But I have to work a day job. A lot of
bands, their members have to keep jobs to keep supporting it, like a
hobby. I mean, weâ€™ll come home with some money from a tour. But when we
do come home, itâ€™s only enough to cover two, maybe three, months of
bills, and then weâ€™ve got to start from scratch again.
What does the contract with Metal Blade demand of you?
What kind of pattern are you planning, if any? An album every year-and-a-half?
Ben: We donâ€™t reallyâ€¦we donâ€™t try to jump too far ahead. We
try to take things at pace. If we put this album out, itâ€™s only been
out close to two months, and we just want to do a lot of touring to get
this cycle going. We have to go to Europe because weâ€™ve never been
there, first of all, and second, this is our only album to get a full
release out there. All the albums before were only on import. We even
talked about the Canadian market, like doing a club tour for three
weeks to start building a solid market here. So we were thinking maybe
with Cephalic Carnage because they often come throughâ€¦
Theyâ€™re always here, once a year at leastâ€¦
Ben: So we have that whole aspect in our heads, thereâ€™s a lot
of work. Because this is our second time in Canada, so itâ€™s a whole new
terrain for us, and we need to build that.
Which new members have arrived into the band since Funeral Dirge For The Rotting Sun?
Ben: Well, we have Nathan and Zack, who are both on the new albumâ€¦
Strong performances, some very strong performances on the album. So why the changes?
Ben: Oh, you know, certain members got to the point where they didnâ€™t want
to be on tour anymore, or they didnâ€™t like the direction of the band,
or didnâ€™t like how it was going. So theyâ€™d leave, and now we have two
people who are much more interested in the progression of the band. Not
necessarily for touring, but everyone has to be riding the same wave,
going in the same direction, on the same level; instead of having one
back here, and the other doing his thing over there. I guess itâ€™s just
gotta happen sometimes.
This interview is for a hardcore and metal site, qchc.com, so that
Converge shirt youâ€™re wearing would definitely score you some points if
this were a video interview. What is your experience with the hardcore
Ben: Itâ€™s mixed, you know. These days hardcore sounds like
itâ€™s metal. So to me itâ€™s not even hardcore although all the kids call
it that. To me, hardcore was Agnostic Front, Cause For Alarm, COCâ€™s
Technocracy and Animosityâ€¦
Ben: Yeah, DRI, Circle Jerks, all that good stuff. Just
because weâ€™re older doesnâ€™t mean we donâ€™t have knowledge about it. But
the kids today who bought into it, they think thatâ€™s what hardcore is.
Itâ€™s like, â€œDude, thatâ€™s Metallica guitar with screaming over it, itâ€™s
definitely metal with no sign of hardcore.â€ To each his own, theyâ€™re
fuckinâ€™ younger and thatâ€™s how they see it. We played for some
audiences like that, sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesnâ€™t. You
DO want to play in front of different kinds of people, I mean, we donâ€™t
want to paint ourselves into this black metal corner. Itâ€™s just when a
lot of people hear a different style, they donâ€™t even want to deal with
it, they wonâ€™t even give it a chance. But Goatwhore HAS a lot more to
it; it has punk and hardcore elements. Itâ€™s still extreme, but it has a
lot of other elements in it. We want to try to do other tours and
everything, no matter what it is. Weâ€™re going out early next year with
God Forbid, and thatâ€™s totally gonna be a different tour.
There are many Soilent Green fans on Lambgoat, so tell us what your
impressions have been while touring the small clubs in recent years and
generally what kind of reception youâ€™ve experienced.
Ben: I donâ€™t know. Itâ€™s weird. Itâ€™s weird with everything.
Because when you haveâ€¦and I might piss some people off with
thisâ€¦metalcore, which IS a trend right now, even if they donâ€™t want to
hear it because it is; every goddamned mall has it and everything like
that. So itâ€™s kind of weird, because you get this audience in this huge
scene, and they donâ€™t quite understand what the bandâ€™s doing,
especially if youâ€™re not in with that crowd. It seems like itâ€™s a
social scene, and it gets awkward at times. Like you said, weâ€™re old,
so weâ€™ve seen things come and go, seen things change.
Nathan: Weâ€™re not dogging them, weâ€™re not gonna be the kind of band
that says â€œAhh, fuck THAT shit!â€ or downgrading other bands; itâ€™s like,
if thatâ€™s what you want to do, do it.
Ben: But donâ€™t sit here and point and say â€œthis is this, and
this is thatâ€ without going back to the past and seeing the roots of it.
Well, thatâ€™s how most kids are these days, they donâ€™t go back to the past.
Ben: Well, itâ€™s like Celtic Frost, I mean, look at all these
kids going to see Celtic Frost live; itâ€™s like, â€œdo you realize how
much of an influence this band has on so many fucking genres?â€
Everybody just thinks they had an influence on black metal, but itâ€™s
been pretty much on all the extreme genres. And they donâ€™t know. I
mean, you donâ€™t have to bathe yourselves in it, but at least you should
have the knowledge so that you know what hardcore is, and what metal
is. I mean, metalcore is just the new version of crossover.
Sure, the kids today are born into a scene with the crazy double
bass, and crazy guitars, so obviously Celtic Frost comes across as too
basic for them. It doesnâ€™t hit them like it hit you, letâ€™s say.
Ben: But you gotta have basics. Thereâ€™s gonna be a point
where all these metalcore bands are trying to be mathematical,
Nathan: But then you wonâ€™t be able to find in their albums that will stick in your skull.
Ben: Ten years from now, you remember what Celtic Frost did
as far as the simple shit. And youâ€™ve gotta have riffs like that, itâ€™s
like, the whole idea of AC/DCâ€¦
Nathan: (mocking metalcore fan) Itâ€™s like that riff that goes, â€œJun-jun, jun, jun-jun, jun, jun-jun, blititit, blitititâ€¦â€
Ben: The problem with metalcore is that there are so many riffs that sound the same in all the bandsâ€¦
Nathan: â€œâ€¦jun-jun, jun-jun-jun, jun-jun-junâ€¦â€
Ben: Like, the whole idea of a breakdown; how many times can
you transfer this, over and over again. It all sounds the same. Every
band that does itâ€¦whoâ€™s ripping off who? Who originally did that? And
so, I guess, it consists of them taking the good parts of Pantera and
making into a song. Will someone remember those records ten years from
now? How about a riff? Oh, theyâ€™ll remember that part, â€œjun-jun,
jun-jun-jun,â€ but which band did it? All of them. This band did it, and
this band did it, and this band did it, and this band did it, and this
band did it. Who did it first? I donâ€™t know. They all did it at the
What is the current status of Soilent Green?
Ben: Weâ€™re just working on new shit, thatâ€™s it.
Just keep it on hold until Goatwhore is finished touring?
Ben: Yeah, Goatwhoreâ€™s got a lot of touring to do. We have a lot to prove; I
know it sounds strange because weâ€™ve already put out two albums, but
weâ€™re still more or less unknownâ€¦
No one has those albums, to the masses theyâ€™re unknown.
Ben: Yeah yeah, pretty much. So thereâ€™s a lot of work we have
to do still. Itâ€™s like I said, touring Canada, touring Japan, touring
Australia, doing world tours, whatever. Doing tours in the States. Like
I said, the God Forbid tour will open us up to a new audience. We donâ€™t
want to do something stupid, since we just put this album out, and just
lag off. Because if they see that, especially with all the band they do
have, theyâ€™ll be like â€œWell, this bandâ€™s only going to do this, so
weâ€™ll put them off to the side or something.â€ With touring, weâ€™re going
to try to do everything we can.
Are you happy with the reviews A Haunting Curse has been getting?
Ben: I was amazed. It was actually astonishing. Because itâ€™s
cool to find bad shit about your band, but you donâ€™t really find them
about this album.
Itâ€™s gotten rave reviews across the board, on every site imaginable.
Ben: Even in Europe, weâ€™ve been doing numerous interviews,
and they seem really psyched on it. Thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m really interested in
Europe as well, because I know that market is more loyalâ€¦
Sammy: Theyâ€™re more old-schoolâ€¦
Ben: And they do keep the knowledge.
For the younger guys, how does it feel being in a band with two veterans of the New Orleans scene who have toured so much?
Zack: Thereâ€™s so many lessons, so much that we learned in the
beginning, that we just take that andâ€¦never get drunker than Sammy gets.
All: (hearty laughs)
Youâ€™ve learned what to avoid, then. Is there anything specific youâ€™ve learned how to do?
Zack: To take care of yourself when youâ€™re touring this much, you donâ€™t want to get unhealthy, just pace yourself.
Any brutal initiations?
Ben: Shit man, good idea!
Sammy: We should have done something!
Nathan: I consider initiation just as being in the vanâ€¦
Zack: Yeah, being in the vanâ€¦
Nathan: Smelling Sammyâ€™s farts, thatâ€™s initiation. I mean, Sammyâ€™s
been amazing because he really puts a lot of stress on me to play the
bass well, heâ€™s always been really on my back about that. So itâ€™s
really cool that he coached me in that way. Itâ€™s great because we learn
stuff from him all the time. I know I get taught about music all the
time, so itâ€™s awesome.
Sammy, tell me how come you left Crowbar.
Sammy: Well, it was more of a mutual thing, and mainly Iâ€™ve
been really thinking about this band a whole lot. Kirk is one of my
dear, dear friends. Still is to this day. And I didnâ€™t wantâ€¦I knew it
was about to happen with Goatwhore, and I didnâ€™t want to put him in a
situation with me not being there for him. So it was pretty much a
mutual thing. It was a privilege to be in his band. It was like, â€œLook
dude, youâ€™re my friend, I donâ€™t want to fuck you over. Goatwhore is my
band, I love it, and I have to be busy with it. So I donâ€™t want to
leave you in a situation where youâ€™ll need me and I wonâ€™t be
available.â€ I just wanted to concentrate more on this, and not fuck
How is Kirk doing these days?
Sammy: Good, man, good. Heâ€™s chilling at his house, working on the new Down record.
Also I think heâ€™s working on an album with the Hatebreed singer called Kingdom of Sorrow, have you heard anything about that?
Ben: I havenâ€™t heard it, but Iâ€™ve heard about it. Kirkâ€™s laying down some cool guitar stuff, and Jameyâ€™s singing, I think.
Hopefully that will help expose kids to Crowbar, thatâ€™s the idea.
Ben: Yeah, well, Hatebreed does bring Crowbar out on tour.
Itâ€™s only fair, theyâ€™ve been stealing riffs from Crowbar and Obituary since the beginningâ€¦
Theyâ€™re a class act though, professional like veterans. They brought out Napalm Death and Exodus recently.
Ben: Jameyâ€™s great with that. Heâ€™s definitely worked hard,
especially with Hatebreed being where they are, they work hard. And are
always good on helping different kinds of bands.
Sammy: Yeah, not just a band that somebodyâ€™s gonna force him
to take out because itâ€™s a popular thing. Jamey will take out a band
that he likes, that he respects, to give more opportunity to a good
opener than just some gay, new, trendy band.
Being on the road recently, how have the accommodations been
compared to those on previous tours? Youâ€™re still in a van, we know
that, but more the rider, treatment from the promoter?
Sammy: It varies. Some days we get ice water, some days we get full-spread buffet. Every day is a different thing.
Ben: Depends on your slot, too. I mean, we got treated great
tonight. But sometimes, being the first band on a tour like tonight,
weâ€™d be lucky to get some water and some drink tickets. But you never
Tell us about some of the bands youâ€™ve been listening to these days, either veteran or new.
Ben: Oh, man. We listen to so much shit.
Sammy: Iâ€™ve been listening to nothing.
Ben: Yeah, we kind of get to a point where itâ€™s just dead
silence. Because you play every night, and you hear the other bands
play, and the PAâ€™s going off.
Nathan: Judas Priest-Retribution, Leave Scars (Dark Angel)â€¦
I love Leave Scarsâ€¦
Ben: Leave Scars was amazing. A lot of Halford shit, like early Priest, the Halford projects, the Retribution albumâ€¦
Rocka Rolla, Sad Wingsâ€¦
Ben: Of course. Then weâ€™ve got AC/DC, Celtic Frostâ€¦
No Killswitch Engage?
Nathan: Thatâ€™s not allowed in our van.
Sammy: Thereâ€™s this one band that Iâ€™ve been listening to a
hell of a lot, itâ€™s this crustcore band from Portland, Oregon called
â€œHellshock.â€ Theyâ€™re really underground, but theyâ€™re fucking awesome.
Itâ€™s just so crusty that itâ€™s nasty, just metal crust; hard to explain,
but theyâ€™re awesome.
Kind of like Tragedy, Disfear?
Sammy: Right, like that.
Nathan: Thereâ€™s this other band from Denver called Cobalt (sp?).
Ben: Dude, we just got a copy of the CD from Matt Pike from
High on Fire, and the guy who put it out just made some burns and gave
it out to some bands, and itâ€™s really good, man. Itâ€™s kind of got this
black metal edge to it, this Motorhead vibe, kind of weird.
Nathan: Itâ€™s weird, but itâ€™s fucking awesome.
Ben: I think he said it was just one guy, he just tracks it,
lays it up. No label, it was six songs, and the name of the band was
The guys will hopefully read this and appreciate your support.
Sammy: Yeah, and Skeleton Witch. Theyâ€™re actually from Ohio.
Weâ€™ll tour for, like, forty days in a row, and the bands will all be
kind of the same. Theyâ€™re a great new band, too.
Nathan: Every time we play with them, weâ€™re watching them play and weâ€™re just amazed.
Sammy: Itâ€™s like killer old-school thrashâ€¦
Nathan: Kind of like Mercyful Fate.
Speaking of Ohio, have you guys heard of older hardcore bands from the area like Integrity and Ringworm?
Sammy: Integrity, yeah.
Nathan: Ringwormâ€¦a couple of guys from Keelhaul were in Ringworm.
Ben: Keelhaul kind of sounded like Mastodon before Mastodon.
Itâ€™s funny. Iâ€™ll have it on and will be like, â€œIs that Mastodon?â€ No,
Nathan & Zack: (laughs)
Ben: But Keelhaulâ€™s way fucking better.
Could it be one of those many instances where a big band â€œsecretlyâ€ steals a better bandâ€™s sound?
Ben: I donâ€™t know, it might not be a secret. Who knows, they
might not have even known about each other. But Keelhaul, they were
fucking heavy, thatâ€™s for fucking sure.
They did three albums, I think. Some on Hydrahead.
Ben: Yeah, theyâ€™ve always been awesome.
Hypothetically-speaking, if you guys ever get big enough in the
underground that majors come sniffing, but under an unwritten condition
that you compromise your sound a bit, would you still sign?
Ben: No. Absolutely not. Then we donâ€™t sign to a major. It
defeats the whole purpose. Because if we did something like that, it
would ruin the basis of what we do. It might bring in a new audience,
it would ruin the basis of what we would have built until that point.
And if you lose that, and do bad, you go back down andâ€¦
Sammy: Youâ€™re fucked all the way around.
Ben: So if we had to compromise, weâ€™d say â€œforget itâ€ because we need to keep that solidity there.
Mastodon, for example, on their new album bring in more singing and
traditional song structure. Itâ€™s arguable whose influence that was,
whether the label, or the band. I mean, they just performed on Conan
Oâ€™Brien, which was obviously paid for, so do you think they compromised
at all to become more marketable?
Ben: Well, I think with that new album they still have a
basis of Mastodon, itâ€™s just that the vocals are more melodic, and the
they started to make the guitars a bit more conventional. So I donâ€™t
think theyâ€™ve been affected that much just yet, but who knows down the
line what will happen. Personally, I think Lamb of God was affected.
Hugely affected, I fully agree.
Sammy: Big time.
Ben: You listen to that and compare it to their past records, thereâ€™s a lot of things that have changed.
First, there are much less politics on the new album, they almost
completely took that out. Everything is 4/4, there arenâ€™t anymore cool
transitions, they now have epic gang vocal choruses; itâ€™s obviously
engineered for the masses. How do you feel about that?
Ben: Yeah, I can see that. We know some of them, and I donâ€™t
know what theyâ€™re in this for, or whether they wanted to go a certain
way, but from a listenerâ€™s perspective, I was like, â€œwow, this is
different than what they were doing before.â€ It actually sounds like
Sammy: Which might actually be a tribute to Pantera.
Maybe, but I feel that the Pantera sound should be left to rest
along with its creator, out of respect. It just doesnâ€™t sound authentic
coming from another band.
Ben: In a sense, yeah, in the sense that there was already a
band who sounded like that and got huge. Itâ€™s like a band five years
from now putting on costumes and makeup and fucking shit and tries to
look like Slipknot.
In the nineties, Pantera were huge in Quebec.
Ben: They were fucking huge over here!
Sammy: They were fucking huge everywhere!
Ben: They were the biggest metal band.
How has Dimebagâ€™s death affected you guys personally and on a professional level?
Ben: Itâ€™s a fucking shame that it happened. It sucked because
some of us stayed at his house before while we were on tour, so we
definitely did share some small moments with him. He was a cool guy,
man. He was really fucking cool. Totally down to earth.
Sammy: If you were at his house, he drank like crazy and he
made sure you drank like crazy along with him. But he would make sure
everything was taken care of for the group of people that were there
Ben: All the way into the morning, for everyone who was
there, heâ€™d make sure everyone was fine and having a good time. He was
constantly on top. Then when get got up, it started again. He was like,
â€œcome here, go here, drink this, drink this, you go here, take this.â€
If you were up and you didnâ€™t have a drinkâ€¦
Sammy: You were fucked, man! Heâ€™d make sure you drank enough for each person there.
Ben: But like I said, we never got close to him, although it
kind of affects because we shared moments with him. He didnâ€™t have a
real big influence on me and Sammy because weâ€™re older, but maybe for
these guys (pointing to Nathan and Zack) he did. It definitely did
impact things in the industry since they were so huge, and some of the
things he did on the guitar, he created a new style of metal and
everything. I was never the hugest Pantera fan, but they did set a
niche in metal to increase the expansion into a more extreme style. And
then Slipknot had a similar effect after Pantera, and so on. We really
donâ€™t have a big one right now. Maybe Lamb of God or Killswitch, but
not now at least. They havenâ€™t even touched the cusp of what Pantera
Itâ€™s partly due, I feel, to many of the new bands being shape
shifters. Pantera werenâ€™t shape shifters; well, at least from â€™89
onward. After their hair metal phase, they were pretty much the same
band until they finished. But Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage,
especially Shadows Fall though, are trying to appeal to different
crowds, which in a sense they have to because the metal scene has
become so diverse and sub-sectioned since the early nineties. Thatâ€™s
why I think itâ€™s harder now to sell a million records.
Ben: But the thing is you CAN appeal to different crowds if
you just stay in the grain of your thing, and just adapt a little here
and there. If you want to change it too much, you lose people, and you
lose the power of the riff like Nathan said. Itâ€™s like that Pantera
riff, man, youâ€™ve got ringtones of that Pantera shit. It could have
been the simplest fucking thing, but it was something that caught you,
a hook. And we do that too. Of course we blast, and go completely
fucking madness, but we have moments where we stop and slow it down
because we want to have something that just fucking rocks.
When youâ€™re on stage, do you ever worry about some crazy coming up and starting shit?
Ben: Theyâ€™d be afraid of us because of what weâ€™re wearing.
Sammy: We wear enough spikes and stuff that weâ€™ll crack somebody if they come near us.
Ben: They might come onstage and then weâ€™ll hit them with
spikes. Weâ€™ve had that happen a couple of times. One of us will just
kneel down on someoneâ€™s face, and there would be blood, and them just
rolling around. Itâ€™s like the Dimebag thing, that question raises a
whole new thing.
Sammy: Exactly right. Someone comes onstage, you donâ€™t know what kind of shit heâ€™s going to pull out of his pants.
Iâ€™m happy to hear how you guys are so grounded, yet driven at the same time. Any final words? Messages for qchc.com?
Sammy: Why are you lookinâ€™ at me, man! But for now, I just
want to say that we love being in Canada; the peopleâ€™s energy, and
weâ€™re being treated so well.
Ben: I pretty much love Canadian music. Gorguts, especially.
Sammy: Iâ€™ve got something to say!
Alright letâ€™s hear Sammyâ€™s final word.
Sammy: You guys have got some beautiful women, thatâ€™s for damn sure.
OK, just to clarify for our readers, thatâ€™s not on qchc but in Montreal, Quebec.
Anything from you, Ben?
Theyâ€™re gonna love to hear that.
Ben: It reminds me of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back where at the endâ€¦
Sammy: They get the fucking million dollars and then fly
around the country, just beating up all these little kids (makes
Ben: They just trace everyone down; theyâ€™re like â€œAre you
so-and-so?â€ â€œyeah,â€ and then beat the fuck outta them. Because itâ€™s
like the theory people talk about the Internet, where people love to
talk shit, but itâ€™s probably some little kid just flappinâ€™ his mouth in
some small town. But I love reading the comments. Whenever thereâ€™s a
post about a band that Iâ€™m involved with, Iâ€™ll go straight to the
comments; we all do that. Itâ€™s like, â€œGo look at the comments, go look
at the comments.â€
Sammy: Itâ€™s so fucking ridiculous, some of them, that itâ€™s just fucking great.
Ben: Iâ€™ve got something to say: I read one time when someone called us â€œmall-core.â€
Sammy: (laughing) Yeah, yeah!
Ben: Yeah, weâ€™re mall-core. Iâ€™ve got a final thing to say
just to stir â€˜em up. Just remember, if you come to see Goatwhore,
whether itâ€™s thirty minutes or an hour, school is ALWAYS in session.