SEWER GODDESS: Disciples of Shit: Live Waste CD Black Plague
Released on the sub label of Malignant Records I knew I was in for something fairly nasty, if not for the title of the album itself.
Opening up with ‘Condemned is the Unborn One’, Boston’s Sewer Goddess treat us to grinding bass driven guitars and desperate female fronted wailings, that filter vocal samples through a wall of psychosis; as the title suggests, these recordings are taken from various live shows which have been compiled over a two year period.
This is a fairly visceral release with crashing percussion, screeching feedback and droning guitars which are laid heavy with distortion; unfortunately though, sometimes the vocals seem a little misplaced without any visual content to compliment the live performance and I do feel in some respects, if this had been an enhanced CD with footage taken from the various shows, it would have added thematically to the overall experience.
Track four ‘Chained to the Cage of Existence’, is a highlight of the album however; with its throbbing drone-work, it oozes atmosphere displaying just the right amount of controlled chaos that eventually erupts into a volcanic rage of hellish screaming torment.
Not altogether a bad release that should be taken for what it is, but falling short because live actions are best experienced in person than on your hi-fi and this misses out on a fair bit.