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Review: Wormfood - France

Label: code666
Year released: 2005
Duration: 47:18
Tracks: 11
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: March 26, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

Wormfood is a French band that was formed in 2001 by two ex-Black Metal musicians: Emanuel "El Worms" (vocals and guitars) and Romain (bass). Having already done a demo in the same year, they self-produced their first album in 2002. It is with a complete line-up that this great French band presents its debut with one of my favorite underground label, the Italian Code666 well known for its avant-gardist artists. Well Wormfood really fits the label for its truly eclectic nature and talent.

When the first composition "Leçon de Francais / French Lesson " gets you in the street of Paris with a junky screaming, swearing and barfing (yes that guys is barfing on the record), you know this is not a typical metal album. The content of France is not easy to describe in just a few lines, but beside some good and crunchy guitar work, kicking bass and drums, black vocals and darkness , the intense, insane and theatrical aspect brings all sorts of vocal styles in such as: spoken, clean, sad, sick, as well as circus-like. They are not afraid to bring out the ugliness of those "monsters" shown publicly in fairs as well as the grossly perverted side of pedophilia. Comical parts with funny music are also present on "Bum Fight" and on the funniest, even if perverted piece called "Comptine". Piano and keyboard parts add a sad, symphonic side to their descriptive view of a degrading Europe. The last few compositions include choirs, female back vocals, scientist imitation, priest voices, church organ, progressive passages and so on. The only way to describe this opus is: a brilliant creation of decadent extreme metal.

As for my favorite moments: "Bum Fight", "TEGBM", "Miroir de Chair", "Vieux Pedophile", "Dark Mummy Cat" and track # 9 with symbols I don't have on my keyboard. Outstanding music!

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