26 March 2013
by Rob McAuslan
There was a time when Wormed were one of the names to drop in death metal circles. The Spanish tech-death outfit caused a huge stir back in 2003 with their debut Planisphærium, then pretty much disappeared for a decade, with the odd split CD or EP being the only signs of life in the interim. The key thing that made that first record so great was its utterly polarising, full-assault approach to sound and songwriting, which sent them immediately into the league of similarly individualistic bands such as Cryptopsy and Dim Mak.
Exodromos is supposedly the thematic prequel to the first album, and apparently deals with the travails of the last human in the galaxy and his attempts to restart the race in a new universe. Whatever story is meant to run through these records is largely rendered irrelevant by the vocals though, with Phlegeton (I suspect not his real name) issuing some truly otherworldly bellows and howls over the musical backdrop.
The main change in the line-up since the debut is the hiring of Riky from Avulsed to replace Andy C on drums, which brings with it more space and variety. The sections of warpspeed blasting set off by huge grooves and some jagged, almost freeform rhythms, making room for the guitarists to really experiment with their riffing, Migueloud and J. Oliver make a strong case for themselves as one of the more inventive guitar teams in extreme metal.
Wielding a more standard modern death metal mix than its predecessor, Exodromos sounds a little more “normal”, with taut midrange precision and and weighty, full low-end augmenting the new, more nuanced songwriting on display. Repeated plays reveal the true depth hidden behind its melodic strangeness, showcasing entirely new dimensions as you become accustomed to the band’s unique musical approach.
Watch the video to ‘Tautochrone’ by Wormed:
It’s a confusing experience to trying to sum up: you’ll probably never catch your postie whistling the likes of ‘Tautochrone’, but if you’re disposed to the heavier end of metal and want to hear where the rest of the technical death bands are slowly evolving towards, then Exodromos should be high on your list.
Sounds like: The distant future of technical death metal, Origin and Cryptopsy dressed as Grays wielding anal probes
Standout tracks: The Nonlocality Trilemma, Multivectorial Reionization, Darkflow Quadrivium