By: Steve Fallows
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Released on October 14, 2016 via Earache Records
Singaporean grindcore masters Wormrot have returned after a four year break and they have returned in some style. Following their long hiatus, they have recruited a new member (drummer Vijesh) and returned to the studio to record one of the most hotly anticipated grind albums of the year.
On their first two albums, the three piece concentrated on packing the release with plenty of short punk fuelled grindcore that never strayed too far from the scene’s well trodden footprints, but still managed to sound fresh and relevant. As one of the scene’s big names, thanks mainly to their continuing run of albums on Earache Records, there is a lot of pressure to deliver, especially after such a long wait since their last release. The band however, do not seem to have buckled under that pressure, and instead used the frustration of the delay in being able to release something and thrown it straight into the mix for this album.
When this album was first promoted with the trailer that used ‘Fallen Into Disuse’, you knew things weren’t going to be much different this time round. The band power through twenty tracks in little over twenty-five minutes, and it almost picks up right where they left off and it seems like there was no gap whatsoever between records. In amongst these twenty slabs of noise there are only three which make it past the two-minute mark. All of these tracks showcase the bands development and song writing talent over a longer format, but fear not, there is also the five second blast of ‘Still Irrelevant’ and four or five other tracks which are 60 seconds or less to keep the purists happy.
If, like me, news of Wormrot’s reunion and comeback album were great news, you will not be disappointed. It shows progression from previous albums and adds a couple of new elements to their sound. Despite this experiments it is still a pissed off, violent assortment of noise that will keep most grind fans happy. Even the ones that wont be too keen on the different elements creeping into their sound. That’s what makes it such a good record, it works on a few different levels, which as much as I love the scene, you can’t really say about a lot of grindcore. Their progression and development from album to album is heading in a similar vein to that of Cattle Decapitation, in that they are getting more extreme, yet at the same time, slightly more accessible and open to new ideas. Definitely a contender for my album of the year.