Wormrot – Voices

Earache Records
10/2016

“Insect Warfare structuring with Tragedy-esque tonal qualities, Voices rotates from melody to carnage in a cyclical manner, painting rapid primitive bursts of information ripe with mortal aggravation”

Earache Records
 10/2016


Blockhead Fuck Off
Hollow Roots
Exit Fear
God’s in His Heaven
Oblivious Mess
Descending into the Unknown
Dead Wrong
Fallen into Disuse
The 1st World Syndrome
Shallow Standards
Fake Moral Machine
Forced Siege
Take Aim
Still Irrelevant
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Grind
Compassion is Dead
Buried the Sun
Defaced
The Face of Disgrace
Outworn

Wormrot end a five-year gap in full-lengths with Voices, an ultramodern and highly polished grindcore record that carries plenty of d-beat and crust influence. While the Singaporean trio capture the aggressiveness and disregard for continuity that grindcore is associated with, Voices sometimes finds itself having a surplus of ‘core’ and a shortage of ‘grind’. It is not a detraction, but those looking for the next In Battle There is No Law would benefit from taking this into consideration.

The production is professional level and the mix sees everything dogpiled into the center to create an audio battering ram. Guitars and drums sit behind vocals that occasionally drown everything else out. Bass drums lacking low end heat rob the blast beats of some needed character.

Insect Warfare structuring with Tragedy-esque tonal qualities, Voices rotates from melody to carnage in a cyclical manner, painting rapid primitive bursts of information ripe with mortal aggravation. Tracks, such as ‘Hollow Roots’ and ‘Fallen into Disuse’, lean heavy into the d-beat and crust influence while ‘Exit Fear’ and ‘Take Aim’ are a few examples of more grind-oriented material.

Voices, at times, suffers from redundancy with a strong first half of the album trying to prop up a more lackluster second half performance. However, the band has improved in numerous areas since 2011’s Dirge. As a genre that has suffered from both oversaturation and splintering, anything that either calls back to the days of old or does just enough to pull themselves ahead of the curve is welcoming. Wormrot have established themselves as a respectable name in the extreme spectrum of grindcore.

–A.Krause

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Author: A.Krause

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