Ben Falgoust - Goatwhore
I embraced the haunting curse of Goatwhore when they opened for Celtic Frost. After the show, in the narrow confines of the back alley, I had a chance to wear the scars of the crew transfixed with Ben Falgoust and his bandmates, bantering in bedlam. Given all the frustrations from the past week, I sought a chance to avenge myself of ongoing apathy by entwining with the alchemy of metal music and sonic serenades. Silence earmarked my forfeiture, and unfortunately, I was not as prepared for the interview as I had hoped, and initially intended. Forever consumed with audacity and determination, I just winged it with an impromptu design and very little paradigm, doing the best I could. Hopefully, my fair reader, you will discover more about this hard driving band who have paid their dues and deserve more recognition.
MettleAngel: Alright Ben, I apologize if I ask the questions which you have been asked a million times. In light of my recent tragedy, which I made privy to you previously, I'm quite ill-prepared for this once well-planned interview. So let's begin with the most commonly asked question. Goatwhore is named after a prostitute, right?
MettleAngel: I read it in several places, don't tell me that I'm misinformed; this is no way to begin a formal interview.
Well, isn't that basically the same thing?
MettleAngel: Now that's what I had previously read. Now that I recall, it did claim she was a stripper. I confused the terminology, but I had the best intenions. This all makes sense now; hence, the name goatwhore, based on her appearance and Mr. Crowley's concubine. Realistically speaking, the chances are that Aliester Crowley did not force his mistress into bestiality; that's probably a myth.
MettleAngel: His having his own absinthe bar, that I can easily believe; but, unless you really study the life and times of the man; you will find there is more legend than fact to the "Most wickedest man in the World". Now this all congeals accordingly, so you took the perverted pagan prose and the uncomely stripper and now you have merged the two into the beast which you call the Goatwhore; your own appellative.
MettleAngel: Well then, this stripper must have been some serious 'monster skank', if she did ,in fact, resemble a goat. The picture on your most recent release reminds me of a feminine cult goddess figure; moreso, than say a decrepit underling. Now, twisting the cross a bit, I heard you had a run in with those Christians in Underoath...
MettleAngel: Man I got to get my facts together! This is such a rudimentary interview, I'm transcribing on my lap. In light of recent aforementioned events which I explained to you earlier; I just don't have my game on, for this I do apologize. So what happened with Norma Jean, a name which does not quite allude to the white christ, I might add.
MettleAngel: God forbid, did they try to save your soul or something?
MettleAngel: Wait, I thought they were supposed to be Christians and straight edge?
MettleAngel: Man in my day straight edge was serious and that's why I respected bands like Minor Threat & Fugazi; I guess the times really have changed. Now wait a minute, Norma Jean were drinking, and giving you a hard time...
MettleAngel: This sure sounds to me like vile hypocrosy; which is all I ever encounter when I'm around religious ilk and those damn slaves to sin.
MettleAngel: I totally agree. When you use terrorism as a weapon of warfare to fight terrorism, it becomes counterproductive. Essentially, fundamental fanatics are all terrorists, and by their very insipid acrimony, they themselves become a total detriment to society. I just read in Playboy an article similar to this, where Christians viewed extreme radical Moslems as being terrorists, and themselves as being righteuos. There is actually a website called God hates fags.com. All this brutal spiritual warfare is blindly adjudicated and morally motivated by hate, fear, and power!
MettleAngel: Before I receive any unwanted hate mail for getting too political, let's change the subject a little bit. You are the current singer for Soilent Green, correct?
MettleAngel: It's my understanding that the original singer died tragically last year in hurricane Katrina, am I right?
MettleAngel: I'm sorry dude, I just wanted to get my facts straight.
MettleAngel: Now, A Haunting Curse, your latest bestial offering, this is your third release; your first on Metal Blade. What label were the other two CDs on?
MettleAngel: I recognize that label, isn't that DRI's record label? I just read that they are also releasing the Acid Bath demos.
MettleAngel: How does it feel to be on tour now with Celtic Frost? Earlier this summer we saw you open for Venom; you sure can't beat that.
MettleAngel: Yeah, originally Devildriver was supposed to open for Venom. How did you get the Venom gig?
MettleAngel: Man first Venom, now Celtic Frost - who's next? You are supposed to be hooking up with God Forbid soon, right?
MettleAngel: I've tried to read the lyrics - they are a mouthful. I wonder how do you remember all those words; expecially, since there are very few breaks, bridges, or choruses?
MettleAngel: Those words definitely carry the weight of many meanings. Did you realize that your name is also an angram for Faust? (Ben Falgoust) Tell me about your musical influences.
MettleAngel: Have you run into any loyal Goatwhore fans, lately?
MettleAngel: Yeah, you would think so, but, that's dedication though. Tell me what life's like on the road. You guys sure go through a lot, as I can plainly see from observing you this evening.
MettleAngel: It's just like a marriage. If you live with your best friend for too long, he may become your mortal enemy. Tight knit relationships awaken the beast in us all; still, there is always love and forgiveness. Tell me about your current relationship with Metal Blade.
MettleAngel: Metal Blade have so many bands on their roster. You are happy with them, nonetheless?
MettleAngel: I know, thank you for taking the time to answer these questions. I will try to be better on the ball next time.