On their debut album, Slake, Woorms crawl forth from the swamps of Louisiana to wreak havoc upon listeners’ ear drums with a corrosive brand of noise rock-infused sludge.
Seedy, grimy, and full of ugliness and sardonicism, Woorms‘ Slake feels like it was spawned in the sweltering heat of the marshes. Noise rock angularity and tremendous sludge guitars meet in a seismic collision of caustic tones and swelling feedback across the entirety of the record. Like a greasy combination between The Jesus Lizard and Eyehategod, Slake provides listeners with healthy amounts of abrasive eccentricity and fat, bulldozing riffs.
After the disorienting introduction of “Corpse Corps”, the album officially kicks off to a thunderous start with “Find a Meal, Find a Bed, Find a God”. The lumbering, five-minute stunner weaves together equal portions of fuzz-laden, hammering doom and atmospheric, seasick verses. The slimy instrumentation is spearheaded by frontman Joey Carbo’s distinct wailing snarl, which comes across as a whiskey-drunk mix between the Melvins‘ Buzz Osborne and Tom Waits. This leads to the equally body-slamming “Veni Vidi Fucki” which, after an extended, haunting intro, explodes into a barrage of galloping grooves and dissonant panic chords. After these two bludgeoning tunes, the album hits its stride and cranks out even more irreverent heaviness.
“Stiff Upper Lisp” stands out on the album with its interesting interplay between massive, steamrolling sludge instrumentation and broken acoustic blues verses that are overwhelmed by swarming, discordant guitar sounds. The quick and furious “Racist Kevin” dishes out roughly 80 seconds of gritty noise punk that comes across like an ugly, murky version of a KARP song. The earth-shattering closer “Sore Afraid” kicks out a slew of drop-tuned, life-ending riffs that march stubbornly toward a climax of cacophonous feedback. There’s no shortage of heavy, oddball moments on this recording.
Woorms‘ debut album provides plenty of dirty, devastating, and unsettling fun from start to finish. It would be unwise of sludge fans to miss out on this one.
Release Date: January 18, 2019
Label: Hospital Records/Sludgelord Records
Favorite Tracks: “Find a Meal, Find a Bed, Find a God”, “Vini Vidi Fucki”, “Stiff Upper Lisp” and “Mouth is a Wound”
For Fans Of: Eyehategod, KARP, Bongripper and Melvins