•July 9, 2014 • 4 Comments
Welcome to another Worm Gear update on the heels of a week off. Did you miss us? Like all of you, the summer is keeping us scribes pre-occupied and in demand in other areas of our lives. This doesn’t mean the fire is dwindling!!
Here are 4 reviews for all of you to ponder. As I sit here and listen to Lucifer’s Hammer I have to lament on the passage of time and how this music has evolved over the years. There is a lot of promising changes for certain, but as LH once again enchants me with ancient black doom, there is no denying the old feel that permeates in an atmosphere rarely felt in the newer generation of occult metal. Is it the curse of technology? Have musicians lost the muse? Or have we all just become so accustomed to the darkness that we can no longer feel the reheated flames of mysticism? Discuss friends. And let’s not allow the sharing of playlists to die….
Thanks for your time and dedication folks! -Marty
Marty Rytkonen – Playlist
Brutality – Screams of Anguish (such a good hammering of Floridian carnage!)
Bolzer – Soma (Wow!)
Panopticon – Roads to the North (Test Pressing) Passionate and genre expanding!
Agnostic Front – Victim in Pain (So much fury and well played crossover)
Cryptic Slaughter – Stream of Consciousness (I love this album. Even the production. Never could understand why people passed on this)
Sacrifice – Forward to Termination (An often overlooked thrash classic. Fuck the big 4!)
Obsequiae – Suspended in the Brum of Eos (On vinyl! A modern classic!)
Coldfells – S/T (Summoning on blackened doom steroids? Yes please!)
Lucifer’s Hammer – The Mists of Time MMXIV (FUCK!)
Sacrilegium – Sleeptime (cold and churning excellence!)
•July 9, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Endlessly mystical and seemingly locked into a vein of expression completely their own, Switzerland’s Bolzer have taken death metal by storm. Aura is still being talked about, discovered and revered by those of us who search for darkness within art and the band is quick to follow up that MLP with another EP to keep our ears bent on worship and our souls yearning for the release of that elusive full-length which just can’t seem to drop fast enough.
Soma finds this innovative duo staying the course set aloft on Aura. The main difference is a less “cluttered” production this time out, though the songs are just as enchanting as the tones and nuances found on Aura. Bolzer’s sorcery is unlocked/enhanced/entranced by the 10 razor strings of a BC Rich Bich guitar and the manner in which vocalist KzR morphs open chords into searing harmonies at seemingly the same time. His playing style fills all the holes left behind by the lack additional musicians and instruments, with light defying darkness and a truly atypical riff style that claws up from the chamber very much alive. KzR is doing double and triple time, once again handling all the vocals and lyrical rituals while his desperate and burly death moans add even more of a unique flavor to Bolzer’s overall sound. His delivery feels like a force of nature, or even an entire wolf pack on the hunt with the urgency and projection of his screams that embody feelings of glory, suffering and even punishment. HzR’s drum performance is just as commanding as his rhythmic choices always fit the mood and intent of the guitar work seamlessly. There is a lot of confidence and pure fury in these beats and such a powerful sense of self in his playing, and in this band for that matter, further empowers the music of Bolzer and makes it the ruling entity that it is.
Even though there is no one riff between these 2 songs as world ending as the one found in Entranced by the Wolfshook, Bolzer are an inferno of deathly magic and with Soma, have further set their legacy in stone. The moon is full… Come… join in the hunt. -Marty
•June 25, 2014 • 2 Comments
Here we are, past the mid-way point of 2014. It is alarming how quickly time goes. In spite of all the busy things going on in our worlds, Worm Gear is never too far from myself and Jim’s thoughts. We didn’t want to drop another barren week on all of you fine folks, so here we are, some last minute reviews to keep you guys satiated until we’re all able to re-emerge in full-force.
Thanks for reading and participating as always friends! Keep spreading the word and sharing what music has been doing it for you these past several weeks. Till next time, take care! -Marty
Marty Rytkonen Playist
Vallenfyre – Splinters (This album is MASSIVE on vinyl! Believe it!)
Morbus Chron – Sweven (I went into this doubtful, but I’m a believer. Really interesting music. Glad I bought the vinyl!)
Sacramentum – Far Away from the Sun (Another vinyl conquest. Such a classic and the poster is ace!)
The Ruins of Beverast – Blood Vaults (Another vinyl acquisition. I’ve been going nuts again!)
Brimstone Coven – S/T (Congrats to Andrew and the guys for their signing to Metal Blade!)
The Best of Metal Massacre
Vex – Memorious (On tour with Agalloch! The boys are destroying!)
Ahamkara – The Embers of the Stars
Emptiness – Nothing But the Whole (A pretty interesting and creative album. Closer investigation forthcoming)
Afflicted – Prodigal Son