Goddess of Desire
Symbol of Triumph
As much of a proponent of heavy metal’s aesthetics as I am, there’s absolutely no way I could not laugh at the cover of Goddess of Desire’s Symbol of Triumph : I mean, it’s like the mid ’80s all over again! And for the most part, Goddess of Desire pretty much is that era all over again – that is, the thrash contingent of it. The only factor that sets the band apart from any other pale contender to the throne of Hellhammer/early-Celtic Frost-worship is the album’s booming production, courtesy of Metal Blade’s comfy budget; that, and the band’s ambiguous addition of two buxom lasses to the fold, both of whom seemingly don’t play any instruments – well, conventional ones, anyways (skin flute, ladies?). Sure, Goddess of Desire can come tastefully close to Ace of Spades -era Motorhead, but is the former truly a symbol of triumph? Please, entertain me with your answers, just like the cover and those two metal playmates do.
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