Marduk
Wormwood


2.5
average

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (85 Reviews)
December 8th, 2009 | 59 replies | 10,723 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not as hallucinogenic as you might think.

9 of 9 thought this review was well written

Wormwood is a key ingredient to absinthe, a highly potent alcoholic beverage that was created in the late 19th century and was banned in the United States as well as many parts of Europe for it’s psychedelic properties. Why Marduk, for their 11th studio album, would name their newest composition after a hallucinogen beats the hell out of me. Wormwood is in fact a natural extension from the blasting Rom 5:12 but the name itself serves no purpose in doing this black metal any descriptive justice.

Marduk, named after the Babylonian God and founded in Norrköping, Sweden by the only remaining Morgan "Evil" Steinmeyer Håkansson, has been trekking along for quite some time now (almost 20 years), producing a steady selection of brutally annihilating black metal. It’s not until their last few albums that Marduk began to incorporate a more focused songwriting approach and laid off the monotonous, psychotic blast beats, giving their brand of black metal more room to breathe. This became particularly evident with Rom 5:12, showing signs of slowing down and adding some more textural depth through keyboards and progressive passages. On Wormwood all of these new features have been tightened with an ear to clear production, audible bass lines, and some standout moments that keep things interesting. These standout moments are few and far between, but you will know them when they ring out from your speakers. One of these fine examples comes in the form of the wickedly hypnotic “Funeral Dawn” that slows things down and creates a head banging rhythm that is accompanied by some eerily beautiful keys and choir. “Into utter Madness” may start off in generic fashion, but ends on a strong note that brings to mind those frigid melodies captured on black metal classics. And let’s not forget those progressive passages that made Rom 5:12 such an enjoyable record; done to perfection on “To Redirect Perdition”.

While Wormwood contains some of Marduk’s best work to date, there is still plenty of filler and those recycled rapid fire tremolo guitar lines that feel the same throughout each track. Even the songwriting, as focused as it might be, could still use some more punch rather than just blasting the *** out of everything when ideas run dry. One of the biggest problems on this record is Mortuus’s pseudo-evil, shrilling screech and gurgling lows that sound like someone’s drowning an old man. This becomes obnoxious as the album wears-on, but it’s not until you reach the final few seconds of the record that Mortuus lets you know what he had for dinner through a single belch.

To be truthful, Wormwood would have come out a stronger record if some of the unnecessary fat had been trimmed and they found a new vocalist. This is actually a step down in terms of quality that the band has been pushing towards since Plague Angel, getting rid of monotonous black metal in favour of a more varied approach to tempo and song structure. These are all great qualities that black metal fans should embrace (unless you love the same thing day in and day out). Marduk just need readjust a touch and lay off the absinthe.



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Wizard
December 8th 2009



19329 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This needed a review. Not great but still enjoyable if you like a somewhat palatable black metal band like Marduk.

Hawks will love this.

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Hawks
December 8th 2009



35562 Comments


Yessssssssss!

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2009



16310 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nice review Wizard, pretty much summed up my thoughts. This is good, and I don't mind listening to it, but it is nothing special at all.

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Wizard
December 8th 2009



19329 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thats exactly it though Crysis, your rating speaks for itself. I noticed you changed your rating as well hahahaha. No worries, I had this at a 3.5 after one listen and then it just became stale. I would also like to point out something between my personal ratings and actual review rating. People inflate their personal opinions and I figure I inflate mine by at least 0.5 so my review rating will always be lower than my personal, just so I don't create any biases.

Do you love this Hawks? hahaha

Relinquished
December 8th 2009



24915 Comments


A comma would work better than that semicolon in the first sentence.

Great review, Wiz Wiz Wiz Wiz Wiz Wiz Wiz Wiz Wiz Wiz Wiz Wiz Wiz Wiz Wiz Wiz Wiz Wiz Wiz

Wizard
December 8th 2009



19329 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not this obnoxious shit again. Thanks for the punctuation control Relinquished.

Roach
December 8th 2009



2149 Comments


good review for a pretty shitty album

Relinquished
December 8th 2009



24915 Comments


You're welcome for both. Not a fan of Marduk so I'll most likely forget this.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2009



16310 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thats exactly it though Crysis, your rating speaks for itself. I noticed you changed your rating as well hahahaha. No worries, I had this at a 3.5 after one listen and then it just became stale.

Exactly, after my first listen I was like "Oh cool this is pretty good actually". Now I find it tiring.

Hawks
December 8th 2009



35562 Comments


Do you love this Hawks? hahaha

Haven't heard it yet tbh lol. I probably would though because I really like pretty much all of Marduk's stuff.

Wizard
December 8th 2009



19329 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Rom 5:12 is where it's at.

Hawks
December 8th 2009



35562 Comments


Yeah that's my 2nd favorite by them. Dark Endless would be first.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2009



17204 Comments


I hate Marduk.

Wizard
December 8th 2009



19329 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Marduk just told me they're going to eat your first born Adam.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2009



17204 Comments


they would, too. shit.

Wizard
December 8th 2009



19329 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They would also shit on it too.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2009



16310 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

one big deuce on the chest


but yeah Opus Nocturne is their best.

Wizard
December 8th 2009



19329 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I still need to hear that one.

jingledeath
December 8th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

spot on review wizbird

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2009



16310 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

My record store had their entire discography used at like $6 a CD, so I bought it all for the hell of it.



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