YouTube demonetizes Goatwhore’s “Apocalyptic Havoc” video

Posted by on September 30, 2019

The video for Goatwhore’s “Apocalyptic Havoc” has officially been demonetized on YouTube. The clip has been living on the platform for a decade as it’s now considered no longer suitable for their advertisers. While the video is currently available on YouTube, demonetization means the content will no longer generate any money. 

Metal Blade tweeted the following:

“After a decade online, @YouTube demonetized @GoatwhoreNOLA #ApocalypticHavoc – watch it right now at https://youtube.com/watch?v=_u8rVrUDgRU

The label also included a screenshot of the below message they received from YouTube:

“After manually reviewing your video, we’ve confirmed that it isn’t suitable for all advertisers. As a result, it will continue to run limited or no ads.

Your video remains playable and is still eligible to earn subscription revenue from YouTube Red. You can find more information about our advertiser-friendly guidelines in our Help Center.


The YouTube team”


YouTube updated their advertising algorithm and launched a new policy in June 2019 where the platform will demonetize just about anything that isn’t suitable or approved by their advertisers. The initial demonetized content included pornography, hate speech, terrorist messages, crime videos, and radical political opinions. Since “Apocalyptic Havoc” is taken from Goatwhore’s 2009 album Carving out the Eyes of God, perhaps this fits under the category of “radical political opinions?” We’re not too sure. However, there’s been other reports that has previously cited instances such as this as the “adpocalypse.” 



Regardless of the intended subjects YouTube are after, there have been reports of over 17,000 YouTube channels removed since updating their policy. You can now find a How To Survive YouTube Demonetization guide. YouTubers have also lost a lot of money after their channels were mistakenly demonetized for months. And now, the platform has launched another policy on kids videos. With that being said, there could be a lot more work in store as many are confused on how YouTube’s demonetization works: 

Meanwhile, according to YouTube channel Nerd City, there’s a video that discusses more about YouTube’s demonetization as well as a public spreadsheet to show words and content that have been allegedly proven that will get your video demonetized. If this spreadsheet is correct, words such as “decade” and “whore” could potentially get your video demonetized. With that being said, tracing back to Goatwhore’s video, since the clip is a decade old and it’s posted by a band that includes the word “whore,” there could be a bit of truth to this document. 

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