Ontario’s Absorb come bearing larger-than-life riffs and grimy atmospheres on their sophomore full-length, Wormdust.
Picking up where their 2015 self-titled affair left off, Wormdust sees these Canadians continuing to traverse the sludge and doom scenes in their own unique, crushing ways. Taking influence from death metal and hardcore as much as doom, Wormdust showcases an interesting take on sludge metal that is angular, dissonant and devastating. For nearly 60 minutes, Wormdust consistently engages and pulverizes the listener and will have them itching to press “play” after it has concluded, considering if their skull is still intact.
Once the groaning grooves and angular malevolence of “Desert Ruins” brings the album to life, listeners will immediately know they are in for punishment. The songs weave in and out of various sections and extreme metal styles without warning, which will keep listeners on the edges of their seats wondering what the next aural beating will be. The guitars morph from disfigured chord shapes, to bellowing grooves, to chugging sludge and blackened melodies throughout, sometimes all within the same riff (ex: “Desert Ruins”). There are also times where the band choose repeat monolithic doom riffs or gloomy melodies (“Ether”, “Echo Chamber”) before bleeding into total bludgeoning mayhem comprised of Absorb‘s signature off-kilter sludge and dizzying, obtuse solos.
Every monstrous guitar part, every seismic drum pattern, every moment on this record leads up to the apocalyptic title track. For over 20 minutes, “Wormdust” attempts to combine the heaviest elements of the songs that preceded into one leviathan of a track, and succeeds. The song flows from one section to the next, never sticking around too long to avoid monotony. Lumbering sections of caustic doom crush skulls with each chord. Dissonant, chaotic riffs tear away limbs and pound bodies into dust. “Wormdust” refuses to let up and listeners will happily endure its 20 minutes of punishment.
These Canadian crushers have sidestepped the dreaded “sophomore slump” and produced a gritty and dynamic album that surpasses what came before it. Fans of sludge, doom, or vile metal of all shapes and sizes, would be doing themselves a great disservice by not being absorbed by Absorb.
Release Date: June 29, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “Desert Ruins”, “Mirage”, and “Wormdust”
For Fans Of: Primitive Man and Body Void