Album Review: Worm — “Foreverglade”

Worm - Foreverglade

If you’re from the US (and even if you’re not), you probably tend to rag on the state of Florida for being…well, Florida, despite the fact that some of the finest music known to man has come from those swamps.  “Reeking, foul humidity,” “arcane travesty of nature,” “suffocatingly heavy” and “monstrosities of the murk” are all ways that Florida has probably been described in the cultural vernacular.  It also happens to describe Worm, the Florida-based death doom project that celebrates all things gloomy, swampy and yucky on their newest release Foreverglade.  Get your waders on, folks.

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Album Review: Illudium — “Ashes of the Womb”

So, I don’t think any of us have forgotten that the last, oh I don’t know, eighteen months or so have been something of a nightmare, but I think it is also worth pointing out that California in particular has had a rough go of it in recent memory (as some people might be willing to attest to).  Shantel Amundson, mastermind behind Illudium, is one of those people who was deeply affected by the conflagration that spread over large chunks of the state that she calls home and draws musical inspiration from, and Ashes of the Womb, the newest release from the dreamy, gloomy trio, reflects upheaval on an environmental and personal level.

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Album Review: Vildhjarta — “måsstaden under vatten”

They say good things come to those who wait, and while it’s true that, despite the culture we live in, delayed gratification is more often than not the sweeter option, there are a couple of notable examples in the music world of the wait not quite being worth it, to say the least.  Chinese Democracy surely takes the cake, but (at least in this writer’s humble opinion) Fear Inoculum deserves a mention in the “did it really live up to the hype” category.  What, then, of a band like Vildhjarta, who so dramatically changed the game with their debut Måsstaden and then, besides an EP in 2013, remained suspiciously silent until now, with the long-awaited release of måsstaden under vatten?  I guess the answer to that question depends on what you’re expecting.

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Rainbows in the Dark: The Omnific — “Escapades”

Gee, The Omnific, how come your mom let you have two bass players?  We make jokes, we bust out the memes, but the cold hard facts are that, despite what might look like a gimmick at first, the Australian three piece have already put in the work and reaped the rewards of a lot of hard work and determination, not to mention a whole lot of talent, and all that even comes before the release of their first full-length album, the aptly titles Escapades.  On this release, the band seeks to prove that they are more than just a fluke, and, spoiler alert, they absolutely do.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Actors — “Acts of Worship”

Here we are, back again with another post-punk release, back again with another Artoffact release, this time courtesty of Vancouver, BC’s Actors, who continue the time-honored tradition of blending dark and moody tones with upbeat danceable rhythms and bright melodies. Whereas the last Artoffact release I’ve talked about here sought to push the genre into more modern territories, on Acts of Worship, Actors pays homage to the classics and doesn’t shake up the original recipe too much. But hey, sometimes you want to go with the original recipe over the extra spicy. I might have lost the metaphor somewhere in there.

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