|Review: Wormphlegm - Tomb Of The Ancient King|
|Tomb Of The Ancient King|
Label: Painiac Records
Year released: 2006
Genre: Funeral Doom
Review online: December 27, 2006
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Tomb Of The Ancient King
Rated 4.42/5 (88.33%) (12 Votes)
This album is just insane. Wormphlegm is a side project of the guys from Tyranny, only Wormphlegm are like the dark side of Tyranny - a statement that only shows just how utterly merciless this album is. I thought Tyranny's Tides Of Awakening set a new bar for heavy, crushing, pitiless Doom, but I had not yet heard the glory that is Tomb Of The Ancient King, which is Doom so slow, so heavy, so evil it flattens everything in its path.
Imagine the heaviest, most crushingly slow Funeral Doom you can conceive of, then imagine the album your imagined music would flee from in abject terror – you'll be close. Wormphlegm take the Thergothon worship of Tyranny in an even darker, more hideous direction by adding a gut-wrenching guitar tone and vocals that alternate between an agonized bellow and an even more agonized scream. The 'opening' track is a ball-crushing 30 minutes of orchestrated inimical destruction that amply shows off the fact that the guys responsible for it are utterly out of their minds, not to mention brilliant. Wormphlegm avoid the 'plodding' trap by employing chord progressions that build tension rather than resolving it, and they use silence like a wave-trough to set you up for the next riff to slap you down. There are no keys here, no female vocals, no catchy melodies, just an aeon of Doom-fueled misanthropic destruction. There is an aura of slavering hatred suffusing this album, bringing an almost Black Metal atmosphere and seeping feel of hatred rather than despair. If you avoid Doom because of the depressing lyrics, then this hateful, child-murdering album is just what you need.
Wormphlegm are kvlt as fuck, as I am not sure their label really even exists, and their webpage is famously unhelpful, so you will not have an easy time finding this fucker. But if you want to hear the best fucking Funeral Doom album this year, do whatever you have to do to get Tomb Of The Ancient King.
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