Wormrot
Noise


4.5
superb

Review

by GhostOvPerdition USER (5 Reviews)
September 27th, 2011 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's Wormrot, it's amazing, and it's free. Seriously, why aren't you downloading this already?

Even in extreme music circles, it’s tough to get people to appreciate grindcore; one of metal’s most intense and inaccessible subgenres. First time listeners, even those who normally enjoy extreme music, are often unable to get past the sheer violence of the style, and are quick to dismiss it as talentless noise making. It’s a shame that most of them will never get past that negative opinion, because grindcore can be incredibly entertaining and passionate music when it’s done right. Enter, Wormrot, a 3-piece from Singapore that balances breathtaking intensity with excellent songwriting and a catchy, hardcore-punk groove. Since their outstanding 2008 debut, 'Abuse', Wormrot have been making a name for themselves as one of the most exciting grind bands around, and their new EP 'Noise' manages to live up to those high standards, and then some.

Wormrot thrive on their simplicity, catchiness, and energy. They play an old school, no frills style of grindcore that forgoes the use of jazzy interludes, complex polyrhythms, and other experimental elements that are popular in grind nowadays. Wormrot are also heavily influenced by hardcore/crust punk, although this element was less prominent on their previous album ‘Dirge’. Despite having only 3 members; a drummer, a guitarist, and a vocalist, their sound is astonishingly full-bodied, not at all wanting of a bassist or an additional guitarist to fill a void of detail. Their music is so fast, violent and straightforward that 3 members alone are entirely sufficient to execute it – additional musicians would likely just get it the way.

Still, it takes immense talent on the part of guitarist Raysid to be the sole stringed musician in the band, yet still make their songs sound so complete. According to Decibel magazine's interview of Wormrot, Raysid doesn’t even know what tuning his guitar is in, because, being the only stringer, the only person he needs to be in tune with is himself! Whatever he’s doing is working though; his dark, crusty guitar tone is pitch-perfect and his riffs are powerful and entertaining. The drummer, Fitri, is also incredibly talented. Like all grindcore drummers, he makes use of blast-beats liberally, but he also knows how to vary things up a bit, alternating between bursts of sheer speed, to rocking d-beat grooves, to inspired and entertaining drum fills. The vocalist, Arif, delivers an absolutely terrifying performance! He has an astonishing vocal range that runs the gamut from raw screams, to low grunts, to vile, inhuman shrieks. Arif is easily one of the best vocalists in Grindcore today, next to other greats such as J.R. Hayes (Pig Destroyer), Jon Chang (Discordance Axis, Gridlink), and Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation). If you’re someone who thinks that screaming all sounds the same, listen to this album and prepare to be amazed.

With only 5 tracks, each clocking in at around a minute, ‘Noise’ is a brief ordeal, but a very satisfying experience none-the-less. It seems pointless to try and pick out highlights from such a short album, especially given the fact that every song is amazing, so I’ll just say this; if you are a grindcore fan, you will love this, if not, the album is only 5 minutes so just give it a shot! At any rate, you have nothing to lose because Wormrot have decided to release this EP for free through a sponsorship with Scion AV. Now I know that many people feel strongly opposed to corporate sponsorship in music, but that’s an argument for another article entirely. It is somewhat disconcerting to see the scion sticker on the album cover however; I certainly hope that corporate branding doesn’t become a trend on album covers in the future. Regardless, Wormrot are undoubtedly one of the best grindcore bands around today and ‘Noise’ is yet another outstanding release from them! It’s also FREE, so what do you have to lose?


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GhostOvPerdition
September 27th 2011


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First review in a while. I am loving this album to death. If you see any errors in punctuation, spelling, etc. please inform me. Also, because this is a brand new album, and I believe that my review of it is well written, it would be nice if this could be featured.

liledman
September 27th 2011


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sounds like this is directed at the suburban families interested in buying a scion

GhostOvPerdition
September 27th 2011


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hahaha totally man. Some suburban mom is listening to wormrot and she realizes, hey, I should buy a scion!

liledman
September 27th 2011


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i meant the review

GhostOvPerdition
September 27th 2011


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That's nice.

liledman
September 27th 2011


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah thats the problem. its like half the review is saying 'no really, grindcore is nice i swear', which is just unnecessary
padding. the intro would only be needed if you were writing for a local paper or a more 'popular music' oriented
publication.

you need to talk more about their style, because by painting broad strokes about grindcore you only emphasise that they
fit a particular genre, not that they are any good. you gave this 4.5 without mentioning what makes them better than the
large amounts of other bands. i know its tough to write much about 5 mins of music, but it doesnt need to be a long
review. concise and substantive is the aim of grind, after all.

GhostOvPerdition
September 27th 2011


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cool, I see your point. I'll try to focus more on the music next time.

Eclecticist
September 27th 2011


3863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No need to say that grindcore rules, scion already saw the opportunity.

liledman
September 27th 2011


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i dont want you to feel like im saying this is shit or anything, your writing isnt bad at all. but if you go into a little more detail in certain areas and trim the fat (depending upon the subject of course), you could be writing really good reviews.

GhostOvPerdition
September 27th 2011


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Alright, I actually do appreciate the feedback man, thanks. I'm still working on my style, this is my 5th review.

Waior
September 27th 2011


11461 Comments


i for one do not like grindcore and the first bit coaxed me a bit

because i am a suburban family interested in buying a scion, i don't know

good work

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 27th 2011


50959 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sea gave it a 4.5

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craigy2
September 27th 2011


551 Comments


I like this review, though I disagree with the rating. It just doesn't seem as varied or engaging as their previous work. Each to his own I guess.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 27th 2011


16137 Comments


best grind ever 5/5

ThermosMeathands
September 27th 2011


2 Comments


Nothing can beat Abuse, but I'll need to check this out.

DonniSharK
September 27th 2011


466 Comments


"it’s tough to get people to appreciate grindcore; one of metal’s most intense and inaccessible subgenres"
Grindcore is a subgenre of crust punk. It's not a metal genre.

Other than that, nice review.

cvlts
September 27th 2011


8985 Comments


2 minutes of music. 4 paragraphs 4.5/5

Wizard
September 27th 2011


19641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Rules.

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alachlahol
September 27th 2011


7515 Comments


Grindcore is a subgenre of crust punk. It's not a metal genre.

Other than that, nice review.


youre actually completely wrong. other than that, nice comment

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
September 27th 2011


22047 Comments


best grind ever 1/5

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