Chuck Schuldiner Project

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Wormed - Metaportal

Wormed are sort of the be all and end all of tech death for me. Their unique brand of space obsessed metal madness is addictive. This is a group who understand the simple power that true death metal can have when pushed to the most over the top technical sphere. This latest offering, Metaportal is a dense and fascinating listen. Though this is certainly a record that demands multiple spins it is also one that seems to prove time and time again that this grou pis one of the best in the world at what they do.

I think what really gets me is the aura that Wormed are able to create. Usually with tech death the whole schtick is 'holy fuck these guys can really play' but with Wormed it's something far greater. Their evil brilliance shines through in tracks like Bionic Relic. It's a song that is driven just as much by th twisted soundscapes they craft up as it is by the hyper skilled guitar playing. With chunky riffs galore and all manner of meedly goodness though, guitar nerds across the globe are going to have a lot of fun nerding out over what's done here. As with everything Wormed does this record has been refined to near perfection and by god is it addictive.

Long story short - though Metaportal is a mere EP it is an addictive listen. In fact I kind of prefer that it's an EP. Wormed releases are generally too dense for me, but having their gnarliness stripped down to just our songs makes for something that is actually pretty damn compelling. It's always exciting to see where this group is going to take their sci fi derived tech death next, but as far as I can tell, Metaportal is some transcendent shit. Suffice it to say - Wormed remain one of the best tech death bands in the world and their maddening slaughter is impossible to ignore.

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