Why would anyone pay attention to the Mayan calendar when they could be listening to Goatwhore?
The biggest problem with most death metal, particularly American death metal, is its lack of melody. No such charges can be brought against Goatwhore, who kicked off 2009's excellent Carving Out the Eyes of God with "Apocalyptic Havoc," one of the catchiest songs to ever carry blast beats. Motörhead's rhythmic gallop and Testament's thrash brutality meet in a death metal hoedown. In other words, an apocalypse.