Worm Shepherd
Ritual Hymns


5.0
classic

Review

by Edgehog61 USER (1 Reviews)
January 15th, 2022 | 8 replies


Release Date: 01/14/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Blackened Deathcore genre has soared to greater heights due to the latest contribution from up and coming band, Worm Shepherd.

What happens when you get Wolves in the Throne Room combined with Desolation of Eden era Chelsea Grin with just a hint of Infant Annihilator (i.e. Dickie Allen’s vocals)? You get Worm Shepherd’s 2022 sophomore effort, “Ritual Hymns” which dropped today on January 14th of 2022!

Where do I even start with this album? This is from start to finish one of the greatest albums in the Deathcore genre I’ve ever heard. Everything is here, atmosphere, chunky riffs, technicality, demonic vocals, variety, etc. Worm Shepherd have really grown into their own as songwriters just a year after releasing their debut. “The Raven’s Keep” is brooding and full of melancholy but it manages to still be insanely brutal. “Chalice ov Rebirth” has a phenomenal breakdown that shows off some of the best vocals I’ve heard from a band in quite some time. “Blood Kingdom” sounds like Infant Annihilator if they decided to try their hand at black metal. “A Bird in the Dusk” is one of my favorite tracks on this album. It‘s Black Metal style riffs will make you soar (much like “Transylvanian Hunger” Darkthrone would) but the Deathcore riffs bring your right back down and are absolutely monstrous. That’s what I love about this album, it manages to blend both Black Metal atmosphere and Deathcore technicality in a way where both elements don’t clash or fight for the limelight. It’s a healthy blend of both genres and I think that a lot of bands struggle with balancing that combo.

If you haven’t yet, I cannot stress to you enough to take an hour out of your day to listen to this album start to finish. This is an album worth your time. It’s an album that I think will stand the tests of time and it’s an album that I think will catapult Worm Shepherd to greater heights. I’ve been a fan of theirs since the first album and I can say with great confidence that these guys are the future of the Blackened Deathcore genre. Mark my words, these guys will be the face of the genre if they keep releasing albums like this.

I don’t really do this too often but…this album is truly captivating and is breathtakingly beautiful.

My grade for this album:
A+

Recommended Songs:
“The Raven’s Keep”
“Chalice ov Rebirth”
“A Bird in the Dusk”
“Winter Sun”


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TheGoonFiles
January 15th 2022


83 Comments


Yesterday was a good day for deathcore, will check this out for sure.

Durrzo
January 15th 2022


2691 Comments


Breakdown hits and this vocalist throws all attempts at enunciation out the window, gets really annoying on several of these passages, literally just gurgling and snarling into the mic for extended durations lol. The breakdowns and overly heavy sections on this are my one big gripe with it, they've got all this cool shit going on but then fall into the most basic genre tropes and fail to elevate those moments to the level the rest of their music is on.

Ebola
January 15th 2022


4383 Comments


i bet this sucks

Dedes
January 16th 2022


8806 Comments


I bet u suck mister!

Uzumaki
January 17th 2022


3891 Comments


uR m0m SuX

Durrzo
January 17th 2022


2691 Comments


I won't be coming back to this. I like a lot of it, but the parts that I don't like are so fucking obnoxious that it really doesn't matter how good the rest is.

Muzz79
February 16th 2022


1799 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dubious band name but it lays waste. As i'm addicted to double bass drumming this is a nice hit. And pretty varied for deathcore. Blackened deathcore

DType
February 25th 2022


848 Comments


The River Ov Knives was nice, until that copy n' paste Lorna Shore moment near the end, i have no luck with this sub genre



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