Bermuda
The Wandering


3.5
great

Review

by Rafael Moreira USER (11 Reviews)
July 24th, 2012 | 41 replies | 5,001 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Wandering makes sense. It makes so much sense.

2 of 4 thought this review was well written

Hailing from Oxnar, CA, Bermuda are a five-piece Deathcore act with some of the heaviest, grooviest sections I’ve ever laid ears upon. It was back in 2011 when the band came out with their debut release, Isolationist(s), earning themselves a fair amount of followers. Isolationist(s) was heavy, groovy, reckless and somewhat unique. With high expectations and ears wide open I embarked on this new journey, hoping for the perfect follow up to what had become one of my favorite releases of 2011.

The Wandering IS one great follow up to their 2011’s effort. That said, a few aspects can distinguish the two releases. Isolationist(s) was in some ways more dynamic, fearless if you will. The Wandering is most surely one step forward in the band’s career, bringing a more mature approach with a reasonable structure from beginning to end, while maintaining their signature sound, with a polished a la Braunstein presentation. And the mood. Intuitions opens up The Wandering with a goal – to set a mood. And of course, to make you s**t your pants. An eerie, dark ambience, holding hands with a breakdown in the background and then the war cry – I SAW THE END, I FELT THE WORLD FALL DOWN ON ME – blast beat section with breakdown-like chugs, those you easily find within Deathcore. This is the opening you will want to listen to over and over, and that’s the sort of experience Bermuda bring to the table with The Wandering – A mass of Deathcore heaviness; relentless, meaningful and heartfelt.

Intuitions ends with a similar eerie ambience from the one heard in the beginning, opening for a display of great Deathcore, Bermuda style. Decent blast beat sections, breakdowns and those groovy or if you may, djenty passages. That’s Process of Drowning, and if you’re a fan of Deathcore, that’s just as good as it gets too. In the next couple of tracks the band’s effort seems of a rather simplistic nature, and while remaining a solid listen, both Invictus, Unconquered and In Trenches mostly feel like the least original tracks in the album, clinching to a mix of 2 chord chugs and slightly pretentious ambiences, or guitar effects. One does not play down the heart that the band put on said tracks, and their role on The Wandering, as they help to solidify the already engulfing mood into a higher standard (only fair to add that). The Wandering is then brought to a halt, what the five Californian wise Metal men called Lost At Sea. Beautiful, simple, this is the track that to my belief Bermuda put together to open the second part of this experience, and with such subtlety. Sachael, (for yours truly) the highest peak achieved on the entire duration of this release. The chords flow with a sense of melody and anguish, the drums are played with mastery and purpose, the lyrics are distinctive, the singed chorus, to die for - The whole band communes to craft an unforgettable song.

By now it’s just not possible to be indifferent to The Wandering’s powerful storm of raw sentiment. From here on, the album flows in the most virtuous way you could be hoping for at this point. Gladly, there’s still much more than just the prolongation of an already interesting album. By Langrange Point there was a need for an instrumental track to stabilize the album’s digestion for the thoughtful listener, and so they did craft a very tasteful and structured 4 minute song that would serve as a checkpoint for your musical perceptions. Great guitar work with a dash of melody, one point that Bermuda are clearly comfortable with. And so we’re set aground with another memorable heavy Deathcore section. The homonym track holds my respect for another amazing drum input, while overall is still one of the best moments in the album too (I’m sure any Djent aficionado will agree with me on this one). Not to speak of the contrast the song creates with its’ opening, it breaks the album ever so good. Can’t help to recall back to Isolationist(s) when I hear it, I’m sure somebody will understand that too. After another bring-it-the-f**k-on Deathcore decent song, The Wandering waves goodbye with 9 minutes of Metal done right. Obstruction finishes the album in the best way possible. The twisted dark mood that ruled over the entire album, the dissonant guitars reverberating as a hypnotizing roar, the whispers, the effective presence of the drums, all this put together so smoothly, so surely… It took every ounce of anger off you until its’ last minute, and now it’s over. The Wandering ends, and one is left to feel like he/she was the wanderer all along.

Such a good effort. The guitars flow decently overall, the drummer actually seems to have developed some good cymbal hitting skills, the production remains unscathed. The odd time signatures are as odd as ever, the background soloing delayed guitars feel right most of the time, creating that ambiance mixture that’s either average or just plain genius. There are, however, setbacks one can tell apart. It’s not stellar, it’s not a breakthrough album for modern Metal. If you put together a few pieces, you will notice that what Bermuda did here is not that intricate, and that many bands are beginning to nail a somewhat similar sound nowadays (despite adding other variations of Metal to their respective sound). Put against their first release, Bermuda’s breakdowns went from plain good and impetuous to goodish and occasionally interesting, and a lot of that groovy feel got lost in the way too. Overall, the whole songs seem to have lost some oomph, to be honest. But you win something when you lose something, that’s clear in this particular case. It’s mature, it’s genuine, it’s ever so beautiful. It’s solid. Thing is, no band has yet come close to this result. You’ve listened to Math Metal (ok kids settle down, Djent), Deathcore, or simply Death Metal… What about a balanced mix between all of those genres PLUS a ton of passionate veracity, a meaningful message and a deep, dark and touching feel? Don’t try to guess, go listen to it.
It’s never enough to state how solid The Wandering is. The raw feeling and emotion, such dark and mournful ambience, even the artwork – the perfect fit. Personally, I saw myself there, right on that cover. The Wandering does that to you: It makes the whole play an experience of your own, if you’re willing to embrace it.



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TheMoreira
July 24th 2012



6730 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ok, somebody needed to review this. Great band, great things to come! A full-fledged experience for anyone open enough to give this a try, despite of tags.

Here's something for whoever is yet to listen to The Wandering:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odhU76YzO9U

Digging: 68 - In Humor and Sadness

saucy
July 24th 2012



342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

That middle paragraph is massive. Break it up.

wacknizzle
July 24th 2012



12564 Comments


Decent review but it kind of sounds like it was written by the Sham-Wow! guy. Also alot of sentences read awkwardly and don't make much sense tbh.



Digging: PVRIS - Paris

J0ckstrapsFTW
July 24th 2012



3652 Comments


Ya dis bringz da junz

MMX
July 24th 2012



4779 Comments


Not as good as you make it out to be,
BUT During this limited time offer you can buy 1 and get a 2nd one free

Digging: 68 - In Humor and Sadness

J0ckstrapsFTW
July 24th 2012



3652 Comments


MOTHERFUCKER jun jun junjunjunjun jun jun

MMX
July 24th 2012



4779 Comments


Buy 1 Jun get the 2nd one Free, BUT WAIT ONE MINUTE
DURING THIS LIMITED TIME OFFER W'ELL THROW IN AN EXTRA JUN FOR FREE
thats right people 3 Juns for the price of one

TheMoreira
July 24th 2012



6730 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ok, just splitted the text a bit more. Yea i know its huge, i write a fucking lot.

@wacknizzle, it would be awesome if you could point me as to where you find it awkward to read

Wtf guys, does it seem that Shamwow'ish? Just trying to highlight the fact that its heavy and deep as fuck.

AtomicShane
July 24th 2012



1755 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

a couple cool songs, but it gets pretty boring imo

saucy
July 24th 2012



342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Much better. But yeah album is heavy as fuck.

KSK1
July 24th 2012



4070 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

CALL NOW AND ASK ABOUT FREE SHIPPING!

po0ty
July 24th 2012



486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This vocalist is fucking raw as shit. I haven't heard many like him in deathcore.

That being said I do like a good amount on this, but too many of it is just djenty wankery that goes nowhere.

J0ckstrapsFTW
July 24th 2012



3652 Comments


Ya this is more or a 3.25 for me fuck it

AfterTheBreakdown
July 24th 2012



7106 Comments


might check this out.

saucy
July 24th 2012



342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Should.

TheMoreira
July 25th 2012



6730 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Although i point out the good and the bad aspects of each album, i like to highlight the good aspects
a bit more, kinda to justify why the album is actually worth it. Im giving it 3.5, not 2.0 so yeah,
should highlight the things that build such positive score more directly.
Kinda feel like they pulled something unique here, in some ways. Despite being a bit average at times,
they can still make it quite deep all the time. A mood i've only experienced with a little few albums,
like Meshuggah's for example. This is a heavy trip

TheNotrap
July 30th 2012



7955 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Album's pretty solid. Nice work man, have a pos.

Digging: Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails

TheMoreira
July 30th 2012



6730 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks a bunch mate. Wasn't expecting you to like this at all, its great how much of an open minded person you are!

TheMoreira
August 5th 2012



6730 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I got one neg in each of my reviews, all for of them 4. All ghost negs, which sucks. Just start saying something dammit

METALFACE666
August 5th 2012



172 Comments


Prob some fag like riffoclock stay true metal bro. POS



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