Worm
Foreverglade


4.0
excellent

Review

by Fernando Alves STAFF
October 20th, 2021 | 108 replies


Release Date: 10/22/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Towards a wider, colorful swamp

Conceived by Fantomslaughter as a one-man black metal project, Worm has been undergoing a metamorphosis throughout its journey, both stylistically and structurally. Equimanthorn's addition to the band's lineup in 2017 and the increasing inclusion of death-doom elements into Worm's musical formula were arguably the most relevant changes. Fantomslaughter's emotional attachment to the swamps of his native Florida has remained a constant nevertheless, proving to be the suitable conceptual cement to solidify the transition into muddy death-doom territory. Even though I'm not an avowed admirer of the band's portfolio up until now, I still value these mutations as they represent the band's creative foundations while mirroring the evolution of their musical personality. This willingness to evolve is still very much present on Foreverglade, as a matter of fact, it has never been more apparent. The recruitment of L. Dusk as session drummer and Nihilistic Manifesto as lead guitarist, as well as more refined sound engineering, embody Fantomslaughter's desire to move forward; to enrich Worm's music in all its aspects.

The opening songs, 'Foreverglade' and 'Murk Above The Dark Moor', attest to this musical upgrade. Despite carrying Gloomlord's muddy style, they now possess greater technical prowess, notably the rhythm section and guitar solos, which assume a more significant role in the songwriting department. While I admit the technical component is certainly not the most valuable asset within death-doom soundscapes, I've always cherished it. A music concept without proper technique can never be fully expressed; even in cavernous, sludgy death metal. 'Murk Above The Dark Moor' stands as the pinnacle of this more refined approach, featuring some of the album's best moments, namely the mighty Bolt Thrower-ish riff in the middle section or its epic guitar solo. The Spectral Voice-esque doom signature, already present on the previous record, has fully matured. The title track, 'Cloaked In Nightwinds' or 'Centuries Of Ooze' all share this slow-paced aesthetic, with the particularity that it now manifests itself with greater confidence, thus echoing the aforementioned improved dexterity. The melodic 'Subaqueous Funeral' and the Insomnium-ish segments in 'Empire Of The Necromancers' also mirror the will to add more color and contrast to the murky sound palette, as well as the tempo changes in 'Centuries Of Ooze' that lend greater dynamism to a formula that rarely wanders outside doom territory. The Celtic Frost-ish section in 'Cloaked In Nightwinds' and closing track’s powerful slow-paced march are other moments that caught my attention, not exactly for their originality but for displaying some of the attributes I admire most in the genre.

As the artwork implies, Foreverglade is a step towards a wider, colorful swamp, or in other words, a leap into bolder territory, both musically and technically. The old stench is still very much present, but now with a lusher, more airy fragrance, unveiling significantly more vibrant soundscapes. By spreading their wings, Florida's swampiest crew spawns not only their best effort to date but also one of the year's most interesting (blackened) death-doom releases. Hopefully Worm will continue down this creative path in the years to come.




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TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2021


17052 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great jam. Mandatory listening for death-doom aficionados and avid swamp explorers.

The album comes out this Friday but the full stream is already available on YouTube: http://youtu.be/qP3QrrIgLG0

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CottonSalad
October 20th 2021


885 Comments


"Foreverglade" // "from Florida"

lol - i'm sold

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dachstheangry
October 20th 2021


66 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The singles sound very promising.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2021


26502 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Been on a dm doom kick recently with Hooded Menace and Rothadas, so will definitely check this. Great rev as always Fer.

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TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2021


17052 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks buddy, I appreciate it. Funny you mention Rothadas, D recommended those guys to me yesterday. Sounds like a banger

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2021


26502 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Been spinning them this whole week, death doom from some Hungarian crypt, hopefully someone reviews it wink wink

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2021


17052 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hungarian crypts are always something to be checked out. The mustier, the better

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2021


26502 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Seems garasbro is about to drop the Rothadas gravestone on us soon my friend.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2021


17052 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Looking forward to it ;)

Azog
October 20th 2021


639 Comments


Sounds lovely. Gotta jam.

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Azog
October 20th 2021


639 Comments


I just love this shit. Ordered it.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2021


17052 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's great. The vinyl must be cool, I love the cover.

Jebull
October 20th 2021


1420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This sounds fantastic, gotta check it out.

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
October 20th 2021


21158 Comments


how do I get the title of “avid swamp explorer”?

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BallsToTheWall
October 20th 2021


50659 Comments


Florida Man represented well! Hail!

Assemblage
October 20th 2021


1068 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a strong record. Funeral doom doesn't always grab me (at least that's how I'd describe this). This though certainly kept me captivated despite it's pace and I found myself actually enjoying the sections when they'd just double down on the slowness further into the songs. Maybe it's the cover but I also peeked a little psychedelic nature coming through in between some of the parts, something I don't really recall from the genre, but maybe it's just the overall tones.



Nicely done review!!





Panzerchrist
October 21st 2021


600 Comments


Good review. Probs gonna buy it here pretty shortly. Singles were absolutely fucking excellent

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botb
October 21st 2021


14946 Comments


Band rules

Anthracks
October 21st 2021


7093 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

eek, idk why anyone does premieres on youtube. sound quality is a total disservice

oltnabrick
October 21st 2021


40439 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

kinda lost faith in 20 Buck Spin but this and the new Dream Unending album give me some hope

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