Goatwhore first emerged in 1997 with a sound rooted in blackened death metal. In 2000, the band released their debut album, The Eclipse of Ages Into Black. Their subsequent efforts – Angels Hung from the Arches of Heaven, Constricting Rage of Merciless, and Carving Out the Eyes of God – were also well accepted.
After the breakup of Acid Bath, his previous band, guitarist and singer Sammy Duet formed Goatwhore. Guitarist Ben Stout, singer L. Ben Falgoust II, drummer Zak Nolan, and bassist Patrick Bruders completed the lineup. Immediately after, the band released their debut demo, Serenades to the Tides of Blood.
Originally, the band was named Killgore. However, in 1997, it was changed to Goatwhore. Funeral Dirge for the Rotting Sun was released in 2003 before the band signed up to Metal Blade Records and released A Haunting Curse in 2006. The band also performed at Ozzfest 2008 and 2010.
Carving the Eyes of God, the 2009 EP, marked the debut of bassist James Harvey. He replaced Patrick Bruders the year prior. The blackened death metal supergroup also toured with Obituary to support the album. The band also embarked on the Bound by the Road tour with Thy Will Be Done, DevilDriver, and Suffocation in 2010.
Blood for the Master, their fifth album, was released in the early part of 2012. After completing work on Constricting Rage of Merciless, their sixth album, in March 2014, they released it in July 2014. Vengeful Ascension, which was released in June 2017, was the last album James Harvey did before he was replaced.
Angels Hung from the Arches of Heaven, the band’s eighth long-player, was released in 2022. Uncompromising and raw, the album marked the debut of bassist Robert Coleman.
Goatwhore’s songs often revolve around witchcraft, Satanism, the occult, and anti-Christianity. The band has also written about The Holocaust and Armageddon in some of their albums.