Wormed
Planisphaerium


3.5
great

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
June 16th, 2005 | 51 replies | 11,873 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


Bursting onto the scene from Spain, Wormed released their full length debut in 2003. Combining the technicality and inhuman vocals of Cryptopsy and Demilich with their own warped science fiction concepts, Wormed create their own niche in the brutal death metal genre. "Planisphaerium" is a concept album about space and the future. The entire tripped out concept can be read on their website.

Wormed:

Phlegeton - Vocals
Guillemoth - Bass
Andy C. - Drums
Charly - Guitars

Wormed's debut is probably one of the best metal albums of 2003. With "Planisphaerium", Wormed create a new level of insanity and a clever lyrical concept, which will probably never be understood by anyone other than them. While they have a sound that is quite influenced by the New York sound (Suffocation and Immolation), they are obviously taking cues from Cryptopsy in quite a lot of their material (using a riff from "Graves Of The Fathers" in the song "Geodosic Dome" for example). When looking at the cover of "Planisphaerium", one almost knows what to expect. The album's artwork is beautifully made and the band's logo, instead of being dripping with blood is created with scientific and mathematical symbols. So it's safe to assume that this is going to be a technical album. As soon as you press play, you will be pummled with the album's brutal opener, "Tunnel Of Ions". With their tight grooves, the band acheive both technicality and the ability to nod along to the music. Phlegeton's vocals are some of the strangest and most brutal ever heard in death metal. With the occasional change in style, for the majority of the album he emits inhuman noises which sound more like burps or a croaking frog than anything else. Amazingly enough, the vocals are only the start of insanity.

Though the vocals are the most noticable part of Wormed's sound, the rest of the music is just as crazy. The drumming, while probably not on the level of Flo Mournier, is just everywhere and technical as hell. The guitar just belts out heavy as hell riffs throughout the whole album - no room for solos here. The bass has some great moments throughout the album and is well placed in the mix. The album's production has it's many advantages and disadvantages. While it makes the music sound that much more intense and crushing and also makes the snare drum sound incredible, it's really hard to hear a lot of things because it's just so thick, making it sound like a big mess on the first few listens. That said, it's not hard to hear a lot great things the band are doing. For one, they are incredibly tight, switching tempos as often as every few seconds. Then there's the way that songs like "Ylem" incorporate probably over 50 riffs into the one song. While there are few problems that plague "Planiphaerium", there is one big one. A simple lack of variety. This may be due to the fact that the production masks a lot of what is actually going on. But more likely, it's due to the fact that the album is an on aural assault. Admittedly, the album is only 25 minutes long, which may be a good or bad thing. On one hand, it stops the album from getting old fast. On the other, it's a measly 25 minutes and will certainly leave fans wanting more. There is probably less than 30 seconds on the whole album that isn't heavy. The clean parts are something that Wormed would do well to expand on. Being a science fiction themed band, the addition of some ambience (possibly even keyboards) as heard on the short interlude, "Fragments" would add to the band incredibly. All in all, "Planisphaerium" is a great debut from a very promising band.


Pros

- Nice tight grooves
- The science fiction theme
- The production

Cons

- The production
- There is so much that could have been worked further
- The length

Reccomended Tracks

Geodosic Dome
Ylem
Pulses In Rhobus Form

FINAL RATING: 3.5/5



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pixiesfanyo
June 16th 2005



1222 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This an alright album.

I liked the genre title but in my opinion they didn't live up to it all.

2/5

Dancin' Man
June 16th 2005



719 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I dig this. I like the production a lot actually. It's clear yet dense. Reminds me alot of meshuggah's production actually. Phlegton's vocals I find really annoying.

Geodosic Dome = awesome. The break down makes me almost laugh. Almost. And it was nice of you to comment on the snare quality. It is so poppy sounding. If Phlegton learns to make less piglike noises, this could become on of my favorite bands. Basically the same complaint I have (had) with Demilich.

Iai
Emeritus
June 16th 2005



3553 Comments


What happened to Dargon's review?

Dancin' Man
June 16th 2005



719 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I do not know. Maybe it never made it over?

Iai
Emeritus
June 16th 2005



3553 Comments


Probably.

That sucks, I remember some pretty funny discussion in that thread.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
June 16th 2005



2125 Comments


Yeah, Dargon's didn't make it over. I went to read it a couple of days ago and it wasn't there so I wrote one.

[quote=pixiesfanyo]I liked the genre title but in my opinion they didn't live up to it all.[/quote]

:lol:


Happymeal
June 16th 2005



330 Comments


I'm liking this album less and less recently. Sure they're technical, but I can't find enough variety in this album to want to listen to it more than a few times. I gotta give props to the vocals though, he has mad frog skillz.

Shadows
Moderator
June 17th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice work. I love these guys. The vocals are one of their most unique aspects. The production could be better - this was mostly just a wall of noise. It would be cool if they went a little more technical and maybe threw in some solos. Just something to mix things up with the usual drop tuned power chords. The break in Geodesic Dome was badass - more wierd stuff like that and they would be one of the coolest bands I know. But with the poor production and all the songs sounding essentially the same, it can be hard to listen to for long periods of time.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
June 17th 2005



2125 Comments


I think if they added keyboards and some freaky ambient sections, they could be one of the best DM bands ever.

Dancin' Man
June 17th 2005



719 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I could see them in league with Mithras as the great new school DM bands.

Shadows
Moderator
June 24th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They have a hell of a lot of potential. They just need to work with it a little and develope their sound further.

Toaster
November 11th 2005



343 Comments


I like the vocals on this album sometimes, but sometimes it just sounds like he talks really low and turns up his mic. The beginning of Geodesic Dome, for example. Good album nonetheless. I like the production, too.

Shadows
Moderator
November 11th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I heart this stuff. If they added the technicality and the ambience of Fragments they would be total insanity.

Dancin' Man
November 12th 2005



719 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Geodesic Dome and Tunnel of Ions are such sweet songs. This album fits well on my Grind playlist because it's equally fast and heavy as most of what is on there.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
November 12th 2005



2125 Comments


Geodesic Dome is the best ever.

Shadows
Moderator
November 12th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I found the Floating Cadavar in the Monocgrome EP. It's even more brutal than this stuff.This Message Edited On 11.12.05

Arrakakaka
November 13th 2005



685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And I thought Abbath sounded like a bullfrog..

NovaReaper
August 21st 2006



4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album would be even better if they added keyboards, or some wierd sounds like in Fragments.

wikuk
September 17th 2006



1110 Comments


I don't get the vocals... I can stand Cryptopsy but this even more, well, how do you call that? Not-understandable and vocal-sounding...

Buttloaves
September 24th 2006



46 Comments


This album is pretty intense, but the vocals. Wow, the vocals...



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