Most people in the US may still be living in the spring euphoria of a living-dead Savior while everyone else is turning their cranks for the unending keg party of summer. Me? I’m living in a state of ecstatic anticipation because of Southern Lord’s announcement that classic Goatsnake album Flower of Disease will be slithering back into circulation on both CD and LP. If you’ve never listened to Flower of Disease, then you’re a total loser, and it’s no wonder that you have no friends. If you value metal at all, then buy this album and let it turn you into a Goatsnake disciple. Don’t fight the sensation. Let the doom overtake you and your world will have purpose. A dark purpose, but a purpose nonetheless.
Flower of Disease was the album where Goatsnake moved beyond “promising metal act” into “a fucking awesome band,” where everything the band was already good at got better… so much better. It was the album where Goatsnake turned into one of the most interesting, dynamic, and challenging doom metal bands of the last couple decades. If you don’t believe me, then check out the band’s lineup for the record: Greg Anderson (sunn 0))), Thorr’s Hammer), Pete Stahl (Scream, Wool, Desert Sessions), Greg Rogers (The Obsessed), and Stuart Dahlquist (Burning Witch, Asva), not to mention guest appearances from Petra Haden and Dave Catching.
Do you believe me now that it’s an album worth checking out? You fucking better. If you still don’t, then check out this awesome live footage from earlier in the year at the band’s first show in five years.
Flower of Disease tracklist:
01. Flower of Disease
02. Prayer for a Dying
03. Easy Greasy
04. El Coyote
05. The Dealer
06. A Truckload of Mamma’s Muffins
07. Live to Die
08. The River