Wormhole – Genesis (Review)

WormholeWormhole are a US/international death metal band and this is their debut album.

Featuring two singers, (from Vulvodynia and Engorging the Autopsy), and containing 27 minutes of cutting edge extremity, this is sure to be a hit with any fan of brutal, slamming death metal, especially if you’re looking for more depth than you usually find on such releases.

Let’s get the basics out of the way first – with plenty of groovy riffs and punishing beats, this is an album that you might find yourself bouncing along to before you even know what’s happening. The songs are high-energy and way more infectious and upbeat than anything you’ll find on the radio. Pounding techno pop music? Nah, I’ll get pumped up bouncing around to Wormhole, thank you very much.

Normally slam death metal is a simple beast with simple charms. Genesis is not normal, however. One of the things that I like about Wormhole is that although Genesis is packed to the rafters with slamming goodness, the band include a lot more in their songs than you might expect. Adding technical and even progressive metal parts in places, these elements greatly enhance the slamming core of the music and lend it more longevity and interest than it would otherwise have had.

Even some ultra-modern melodies make the cut, lending the band the kind of fiercely contemporary sheen that a band like The Faceless have in abundance. This side of Wormhole’s character simply adds way more to the mix than if they were yet another purely slam-focused band.

Brutal death metal is always nice to hear in all of its guises, but when you encounter a band like Wormhole that weave extra layers of depth into their brutality, it’s a huge pleasure to hear.

None of this should detract from the sheer heaviness and barbarity on Genesis, mind. This is still way more extreme than the average metal fan would tolerate, it’s just that Wormhole deliver this extremity with a lot more added extras than most of their peers.

This is great stuff. A brutal, slamming death metal album that yearns to provide more than simple brutality? Sign me up! Genesis is a winner.

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