Verwoed
The Mother


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sunnyvale STAFF
March 27th, 2024 | 11 replies


Release Date: 03/29/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mom metal?

Much like 2019 debut De Val, Verwoed’s sophomore LP The Mother stands apart from the prototypical sound for a Dutch black metal band. Stylistically, the one-man project instead calls to mind the bitter coldness associated with Icelandic groups (like Zhrine or Misthyrming) or the sinister grandiosity of a collective like Deathspell Omega. There hasn’t been a notable sonic shift in the five years between full-lengths, but as a second effort, The Mother feels like a noteworthy improvement upon the already worthy first attempt. The album’s seven songs are largely slow-paced and lean on an oppressive sort of heaviness, but its biggest strength is in the atmosphere. I don’t mean atmosphere in the commonly understood sense of “atmospheric black metal”, but more broadly. The arcane malevolence this music revels in is reminiscent of last year’s Thantifaxath record, the kind of sound which can be quite awesome (as in the case of the referenced album), but also runs the risk of being reduced to an evil-sounding caricature. The Mother is quite impressive, therefore, in its ability to integrate a fairly wide emotional palette into its cauldron of grinding malevolence. Indeed, some of the most compelling moments here are on the less “extreme” side, like the extended heavy metal-esque guitar solo during the second half of “The Madman’s Dance” or the gorgeous acoustic passage from “Death in a Rosary” which closes out the album, and these occurrences fit comfortably into the back-and-forth dynamic which defines its lengthier tracks. For its style, The Mother is a fairly brief release, but the balance of vibe-boosting interludes (shoutout to the ritualistic “A Prayer of Blood and Fire”) and sprawling metal odes is absolutely on point, and the execution is tasteful throughout. Crack this one up as yet another win for the ever under-appreciated Dutch scene, even if Verwoed continue to chart their own path.



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Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
March 27th 2024


5827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is out this Friday, Mar 29th.



Rules pretty hard, and no, I do not take responsibility if you share this album with your mom and she hates it. The album title left me no choice for the review summary.



https://verwoed.bandcamp.com/album/the-mother

Hawks
March 27th 2024


86681 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Gotta hear this.

NightOnDrunkMountain
Contributing Reviewer
March 28th 2024


622 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's in my queue for tomorrow. Curious to listen!

zaruyache
March 29th 2024


27337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

forgot about this one, bookmarked for tmrw wooo

Beardog
March 29th 2024


5168 Comments


'vo

Purpl3Spartan
March 29th 2024


8450 Comments


Will check

That’s some wild art

Sharenge
March 30th 2024


5051 Comments


guess this might wind up being a case of "checked it 'cus the cover is cool"

Hawks
March 31st 2024


86681 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Bout 2 dive into this bad boy now. M///

Hawks
March 31st 2024


86681 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Eh this is ok but thats about it.

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2024


5827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sorry Hawks, can't win 'em all! m/

Hawks
March 31st 2024


86681 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

My bar for bm is very high nowadays. Two decades of jamming a genre will do that to you I guess lol. Definitely pretty good but nothing that makes it stand out for me.



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