Fistula - _Goat_
(Crucial Blast, 2010)
by: Jeremy Ulrey (6.5 out of 10)
An apoplectic if somewhat undistinguished sludge feast from Ohio's Fistula, _Goat_ churns up a healthy froth of diseased filth but struggles to add anything new to the blackened stoner template. Ostensibly a concept EP about Cleveland serial killer Anthony Sowell, who -- like John Wayne Gacy -- was found to have a bevy of corpses stashed away in his crib after neighbors complained of a foul stench emanating from his abode (Febreze can only do so much, y'all), _Goat_ is really just an excuse to get all feral-spastic while filling space with newscast voiceovers when the band run out of lyrics. Oh, it's not as bad as all that, but neither is it likely to be the rage of the blogosphere over the next several months. You know that warm up band you had fun moshing to while waiting for Eyehategod to come on stage, but then quickly forgot about afterward? That's essentially the limits of Fistula's appeal right there, and after a slew of releases spanning an entire decade, it's probably safe to say we've seen the band at its peak. But hey... -someone- has to anchor the third tier, after all.


(article published 31/10/2010)

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