Monday, April 4, 2011

Initial Impressions: Wormrot: Dirge

As most of you are by now aware, Earache is giving away free downloads of this album due to a recent leak and a May release date. So, you can find it yourself on the label's website.

Wormrot emerged last year on Earache's label to a lot of hype. Sounding like something that would have been released early on in the label's history, the Singaporean grindcore band was refreshing. This is the band's follow-up to their debut which was reissued last year by the label.

I am not normally much of a fan of grindcore. I like some bands but prefer those that mix their grindcore with a healthy amount of death metal, such as Napalm Death in the mid 1990's on. So, Wormrot would not usually be my cup of tea.

This is definitely punky grindcore with some minor death metal influence. I would be hard-pressed to put this under the death/grind label though, it's basically just grindcore. It is extremely fast and features very short songs. This album consists of 25 songs, but the album is about 18 minutes long. Frankly, I am glad I did not shell out 15 bucks for the CD. That's not to say it's bad, just that it's ridiculously short.

As for the music, it's fast, aggressive, violent, and intense. I suppose that's probably what people look for in grindcore, so I guess I could say it's succeeded. I like it well for what it is, but I cannot see myself listening to it too often. It just does not really do a whole lot for me.

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