REVIEW: "Vol. 1" By WORMFOOT (Sludge Metal)
Sludge Metal/Hell-Fi Records/Released Dec 28th, 2018
Featuring members of Michigan bands The Goddamn Gallows and The Devil’s Cut, Wormfoot was formed in 2011. I happened upon this band one Sunday night at my local dive bar and the scene was complete drunken chaos. The crowd was violently moshing, falling over each other, and I had to dodge a thrown beer bottle or two. But through it all I noticed the band onstage with the heavily tatted frontman with the hellish voice and missing bassist was pretty darn good.
The group’s debut full length Vol. 1 (likely a nod to Black Sabbath and/or Sleep) is eight tracks of noisy, groovy, chaos. It contains the wild energy and vocal style of hardcore and grindcore, but features riffs inspired by southern metal, sludge, and stoner doom. Along with several classic movie quotes for ambiance. Opening track “Death Threat” eases you in being the doomiest of the lot. Featuring calmer, bass focused instrumentation in its verses, it allows the heavier parts to have more impact.
The riffs on “Obey” are some of the dirtiest blues you’ll hear as the swinging grooves make the track almost danceable. “Human Slug” brings back the doomy pace with some of the angriest and direct lyrics of the record. And “Ritual Suicide” is reminiscent of Remission-era Mastodon with its dynamics and aggressive pace. And the percussion is more aggressive than most of the record with its high tempo and blast beat usage. All in all Vol. 1 is a hell of a first impression. Mixing together some familiar styles in a unique way that is greatly entertaining. Crossing the doom and hardcore stylings in a fashion that can appease fans of both.