Ringworm The Venomous Grand Design

If nothing else, there’s one blatantly obvious fact about Ringworm and their latest album release: it hits hard. And while you’re busy trying to digest The Venomous Grand Design’s instrumental chaos you’ll be assaulted by the fast-paced lyrics and vocal work. The album opens with an entire minute of extremely questionable noise — it’s hard to tell if "Things Are Not as They Seem” is meant to be a song, an instrumental or just a collection of oddities. But as the remaining 12 songs unfold it’s evident that this band have plans to inflict a very definitive sound on listeners, that being a mix between hardcore and thrash. It’s hard to call the album golden, in the realm of hardcore however, it’s certainly sufficient. (Victory)