Sweden, you never fail to impress anyone around the world. Most especially, because of the amount of amazing bands that inhabit your region. And who’s this next one people should be looking out for? Well, it’s none other than Wormlight, who will be relentlessly unbridling their third full-length LP known as ‘Wrath of the Wilds’ to the world.
One of the key components of this nine-track long album, is that the shortest song spans at five minutes and 22 seconds, which allows the band to drive themselves into establishing deeper connections with their music. The title track, Wrath of the Wilds features some Middle Eastern sounding licks on the high strings, while retaining the traditional Black Metal tones that plague the record and lengthening itself at mid-tempo pace. However, the speed kicks in a bit more when Reptilian King begins, following some melodic structure in the synchronisation between each of the members in the band. Vittramark’s introduction doesn’t stay mellow for too long, as Tiamat Invictuz’s sinister and malevolent voice builds up the bleak and ruthless aura as the track progresses, along with some well-implemented structure with the tremolo picking playing along with the percussions.
The Ghostlight’s Dance starts off with a somewhat standard Heavy Metal initiation, similar to that of a New Wave of British Heavy Metal style. However, that changes seconds later as Wormlight transmute the song into a Blackened Death Metal piece that really transpires the diversity and malicious qualities of the composition. A similar method would take place further in the track Cry of the Nameless, which also features some gritty blastbeating and technical fretwork. On Tattered Wings’ Castlevania / Resident Evil-like start with the somewhat Renaissance-inspired pianos brings a little more light to Wormlight’s attentiveness to multiplicity, discreetly executing a symphonic approach, while momentously exhibiting the besmirched and opaque characteristics of their nature.
It would be wrong of me to not point out the near-crystal clean mixing and mastering of the record, as well as the great production value you sense throughout the album’s course. But, one of the other things that deserves an honourable mention is the noticeable chemistry within the song-writing, and the execution of each song that takes part in ‘Wrath of the Wilds.’ Guitarists Tiamaz Invictuz and Lator Mortis both showcase an equal amount of proficiency within their set of strings, and drummer King and bassist Lord Arktos achieve a great level of adeptness to the more rhythmic roles of the band. All in all, it’s hard to keep track of everything within one listen. But, it sure is easy as hell to keep wanting more, to put it simply. If you want to keep your love for Black Metal intact, or at least want to get to know it better, by all means, take a minute of your time and enter the ferociously obscure entity that is Wormlight.
WORMLIGHT’S ‘WRATH OF THE WILDS’ IS OUT APRIL 25TH. PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY AT BANDCAMP HERE!