According to H.P. Lovecraft, this is the location of R’lyeh as indicated in his Call of Cthulhu. According to Goatwhore’s Ben Falgoust, this is where he wants his body sent post-mortem (given that “buried” is totally inappropriate for this conversation).
To add to the irony of this conversation, we are miles and miles out at sea aboard the Independence of the Seas on the epic 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. Goatwhore played a set earlier that morning (early, as in 3 a.m.), and photographer Jason Carlson and I caught Falgoust in a particularly jovial mood. Perhaps it was the topic of conversation, but the animated frontman was at ease and engaged, the focus as much on scuba diving as on Goatwhore and plans for their future.
We contemplated turning this into an eloquent piece romanticizing our times on the water with our favorite metal artists but fuck it. We are just going to break it out with a few of our favorite topics Q&A style.
So scuba diving … that’s your thing, or at least one of them?
Yeah, I haven’t been in a while because after getting certified, I dove in Hawaii, I had some surgeries from past shit, accidents and stuff, and other things came up. I tore a tendon in my ankle, and I had to have that done. I had carpel tunnel, cubital tunnel, and I had to have that done, so every time the opportunity came up, I was strung up like this, or I am on crutches. So now I am finally able to do it.
Are you still in the touring cycle for the last album (Vengeful Ascension)?
Yeah, that record has only been out for less than year.
So any writing, recording?
We have been working on some new stuff. We kind of decided after the last tour we did in the U.S. with Venom Inc., we did some local shows around our area, and then, we were kind of like, let’s pull away from playing the states for awhile. Let’s just kind of pull back, and after this, we go do Europe with Sepultura, Obscura, and Fit for an Autopsy, so let’s just pull back. I think because there is down time, (guitarist) Sammy (Duet) is getting itchy and writing riffs, and he’s like, “Why don’t you come over and listen to these riffs and let’s kind of lay some things out?” So we have some things in the works already. I don’t think you can let a musician sit too long. I think after a while it starts … even when you tour, you get back and you’re like, “I need a break from all of this shit,” and then a week and a half later, you are like “I got to get back out.” It’s like a drug habit, and all the sudden you have the shakes.
So when are you going to Australia (for diving, of course)?
The biggest thing I want to do is dive in the caves with those sharks. You know what else I want to do? You’re going to think this is kooky. So, H.P. Lovecraft, Cthulu, is in the pacific near Australia … the coordinates in the story. I told my family and everything, that’s where I want to be buried. I want them to take my body down, because you know, after a certain amount of feet, your body will just go to the bottom. I want to go to those coordinates that he has in that fucking story, and they can just drop my body off, right there.
I either want to dive out there, or I want to be buried out there. Or if I am getting old, they can take me in the suit, pull the line, and let me drop down to the bottom. Just let me go …
Buy Vengeful Ascension here, and if you are overseas, keep your eyes peeled for much more Goatwhore coming your way!