Scuba Death
The Worm at the Core


4.0
excellent

Review

by Arche USER (89 Reviews)
February 18th, 2017 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The excitement of a thunderstorm, distilled in minimal techno.

It’s astonishing how tensely The Worm at the Core initially presents itself. Dense, rumbling ambience builds up to a short yet razor-sharp crescendo all within the first 70 seconds, creating an almighty wall of sound that pricks the nape hairs and draws the air out the lungs. Afterwards, naturally (and perhaps thankfully), comes the release: piercing strings give way to the sounds of rain and thunder, and with it, the endorphin rush of breathing once more. The sense of anticipation that thunderstorms bring is expertly woven into the fabric of ambient techno that Scuba Death (Ricardo Donoso) associates himself; however, largely speaking the execution is more covert than ‘Paradox of Finitude’ might allude to.

Scuba Death could quite easily have opted for the oft-travelled approach of bookending each track with stormy field recordings to develop the theme, but after the introduction, soundbites are used very sparingly. ‘Cracks in the Shield’ deviates from the introductory focus on ambience to concentrate on a minimalistic techno sound – one which is, however, loaded with imagery. Four-to-the-floor bass thumps ground the piece, while ice-cold droplets dance with crashing waves, ominous cello hits, granular swells and other assorted paraphernalia that, through the magic of thematic association, either freshen up or statically charge the track at any given point. Similar approaches are taken on ‘A Panic Rumbling Beneath’ and closer ‘The Scheme of Things,’ although where the former’s slower pace allows Donoso to develop crescendos, the latter makes use of a faster bass pattern to imbue a sense of urgency, something largely absent from the rest of the album. A lack of urgency works in much of the album’s favour, however: ‘Mortality Salience’ brings in more of the crushing ambience that made The Worm at the Core’s beginnings so arresting, shrouding the plodding, slightly psychedelic drumming that underpins the track with an imposing, creeping sense of gloom (one which continues into ‘Senescence’). The Worm at the Core is a wonderfully absorbing record despite its relative brevity, its occasionally ugly approach to one of nature’s most striking phenomena an intoxicating one.



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Archelirion
February 18th 2017


5870 Comments


This might even be knocking on a 4.5, I dunno. Love it, and hope you guys do too. - http://furtherrecords.org/album/the-worm-at-the-core
Had a lot of fun writing this one, any comments as always welcomed ^ ^

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2017


11741 Comments


Great review, got my interest (:

Digging: Blue Oyster Cult - Spectres

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2017


11741 Comments


Hate to say it but this really bored me, just not my kind of stuff, maybe as background music but to actively listen I can't vibe with it :/

Archelirion
February 18th 2017


5870 Comments


Eyyy, at least you gave it a bash :] Tbh I've been on a bit of a minimal techno kick as of late so I've got no issue popping this on and listening for ~30 minutes or however long, but particularly given the ambient influences I'd agree this might be a 'wash over you' kinda album.

literallyzach
March 6th 2017


513 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Cracks in the Shield" is great but everything else here kind of falls flat for me

L4titudes
April 11th 2017


3653 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I liked this a lot too Aaron. Great review. :]

Archelirion
April 11th 2017


5870 Comments


Phew, I was beginning to think I massively overvalued this. Thanks man :]

mindleviticus
April 18th 2017


9925 Comments


this is super boring

nice review tho

Digging: Tim Hecker - Anoyo

SitruK6
April 29th 2017


1381 Comments


gonna check this out

SitruK6
May 28th 2017


1381 Comments


this is great stuff

hesperus
Contributing Reviewer
May 31st 2017


1127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is some tasty dark ambient

robin
Emeritus
July 26th 2017


4588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

keep forgetting how goooood this is

Archelirion
July 26th 2017


5870 Comments


Yeah man, was listening to this yesterday and thinking the same

SitruK6
July 26th 2017


1381 Comments


Cool new pic arche.

Also yeah album rules

luci
August 10th 2017


11881 Comments


i like this. three point five



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