Music Reviews

Artist: Worms of the Earth
Title: The Angels of Prostitution
Format: CD
Label: Bugs Crawling Out Of People (@)
I had not heard of Worms of the Earth, the project of Dan Barrett. From the intro track, you can tell that this is not going to be a nice soothing disc. The screaming women of "The Angels of Prostitution" give way to a driving noisy repetitive beat in "The Whore." One entity that is thanked is "people I hate for inspiring me to write this album," so you kind of know where this is going. Much of this would be right at home with members of the DTrash roster. I have to admit that I was a bit relieved that it wasn’t just another Whitehouse ripoff, with tracks like "Big Fucking Titties or a Fuckable Mouth (of the Succubus) [with it-clings]" (how’s that for a radio friendly track title?), which is actually a groovy little track with some rather odd spoken word ranting by It-Clings. He finally seems to hit his stride with "I Watched Them Hang," which has a nice synth melody woven through the beats. "Untitled" strips it down and slows it down a bit while still retaining the intensity that permeates the disc up to this point. "Dew Falling Over the Garden" continues on that trajectory with a hissing distorted voice that you can’t really understand. I was surprised at the sheer number of remixes on this album. We have tracks remixed by Dead Man’s Hill, Embodi, Dym, To Mega Therion, and Vicious Alliance. Three of them are reinterpretations of "The Whore." For me, the best song on the album is "Under the Bodhi Tree," with a mix of spoken word about spirituality and an almost ethnic feel in the music. Overall, the music is well done and has a lot of intensity, but I have to admit that this one really didn’t do it for me and I can’t really nail down why. As they say, there’s no accounting for taste. I think that part of it is the overall feel of the music, sort of in the way that I don’t really enjoy some of Navicon Torture Technologies’ stuff. That said, if you like NTT, you’ll probably like this. This disc weighs in at about 66 minutes.

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