Wormed
Exodromos


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jeremy Wolfers USER (66 Reviews)
May 6th, 2013 | 14 replies


Release Date: 03/26/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Wormed tighten and refine their sound, finally fully distinguishing themselves from the brutal death metal pack.

While the last two Wormed records demonstrated unusual levels of originality for a brutal death metal band, they did still somewhat languish in poor production (especially in the case of Planisphaerium) and slightly weak songwriting. That said, Quasineutrality did show the band on the ascent, and Exodromos only heightens the band's achievements, demonstrating the fullest of the band's songwriting abilities so far while providing perhaps the album that will put them leagues ahead of their rivals.

Notably, this album has extremely clear production compared to the prior efforts by this band, which helps, as this time around the instruments are no less unrelenting than prior. What's more, the band certainly utilizes a greater mixture of sounds into their songs this time; the guitars use dissonant chords and droning notes to a much greater extent than on their prior releases and succeed with keeping the strength of their regular riffs, while the drums vary in tempo quite a lot. Various samples of white noise are also used at times, admittedly in way that doesn't really contribute too much, but it does provide a bit of atmosphere, while tracks like Solar Neutrinos also add a significant amount of mood, something missing from their prior work. Perhaps the only real sticking point is the vocals, which are quite monotonous and can get a little annoying towards the end of the album, although the strengths elsewhere do render it comparatively unimportant.

The album does provide a reasonable amount of variation as a whole, with the aforementioned Solar Neutrinos, as well as Darkflow Quadrivium and Xenoverse Discharger (the latter of which is likely the best track present) providing a greatly different sound to other areas of the album, which is good, seeing as the brutality of most of the tracks could become a little tiring sans the occasional change in styling. That said, it's not even as though the other tracks are too lacking in variation in themselves - Tautochrone's occasional melodies and rapidly changing structure, Technikox Wormholes's prominent droning and tempo variation, and Multivectorial Aeionization's grooves all provide a bit of individuality to the tracks. Unfortunately, that doesn't stop the generally frequency of these elements from getting a little tiring towards the end.

All in all, this is probably not an album that will convert people into fans of the brutal death metal genre because it still suffers issues with variation and ecletic song structures that could put off many listeners. However, it does manage to provide a set of sounds that expand upon the usual template of the genre, and as a result it's likely to be the strongest album in the genre this year.

Recommended tracks:
Tautochrone
Xenoverse Discharger
Multivectorial Aeionization



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 6th 2013


7122 Comments


Nice, ill give this a listen.

Anthracks
May 6th 2013


3774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what a great death metal album

Digging: Ariel Pink - Pom Pom

TheNotrap
May 6th 2013


8121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Album's interesting.

"..it does manage to provide a set of sounds that expand upon the usual template of the genre"
Agreed.

Good review, have a pos.


Digging: Pink Floyd - The Endless River

Madbutcher3
May 6th 2013


1167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks bro.

Pestiferous
May 6th 2013


1341 Comments


pos'd

this is good stuff

RangDang
May 6th 2013


111 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

fucking shit barf piss ablbum

Pestiferous
May 6th 2013


1341 Comments


dude im in the wormed thread right now so this message....nooooo

RangDang
May 6th 2013


111 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

can't we all just barf on my balls????/////1/1/1/1/1/1/1/1/1/

demigod!
May 6th 2013


45005 Comments


gotta hear this still. liked their debut a fair bit, but i haven't listened to it in years.

Digging: Autechre - LP5

RangDang
May 6th 2013


111 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

"first of all Rang isn't even slightly funny"

thank you skeletor

FrozenVain
May 6th 2013


2472 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Tight review, pos'd. I don't like the album though.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2013


8387 Comments


I've wanted to check these guys out for a while now but have always forgot. This seems like a good place to start.

Madbutcher3
May 6th 2013


1167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Hmm, there seems to be a big divide regarding this album. I do think it's pretty excellent, but I can see and have mentioned its flaws.

jemaiseyeti
August 27th 2014


12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Brutal/Technical death metal made interesting!



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