Published Oct 17, 2016Following a four-year hiatus, Singaporean grindcore trio Wormrot return with their highly anticipated third album, Voices. Picking up where 2011's Dirge left off, the 20-track release features an onslaught of the short, blistering cuts that Wormrot are known and praised for.
Yet they've also taken their sound to the next level here. Right off the bat, Voices captures the classic style of early grind: chaotic, frenzied rhythms, murky tones and visceral punk vibes à la Napalm Death, Brutal Truth and Terrorizer. Tracks like "Blockhead Fuck Off," "Take Aim" and "The Face of Disgrace" are relentless breakneck attacks, while "Dead Wrong" and "Still Irrelevant" are quick spurts of fury at eight and five seconds, respectively.
However, Wormrot switch things up by incorporating more variety on Voices compared to the band's previous releases. The album features a range of song structures and tempos, including moments of suffocating, oppressive mid-paced grooves, like on "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Grind," "Buried the Sun" and "Outworn." The latter also highlights a different vocal style, with distressed screams that end the album on an unsettling note. Their most dynamic release to date, Voices displays a more mature Wormrot, progressing their sound while still exuding as much rage and despondency as ever. (Earache)