We’ve known about this record for some time now. The geniuses at Earache released this album for free about a month before the official release date, and people were on it like a hobo on a ham sandwich. After the spectacular Abuse, Wormrot will release the album Dirge, and if you liked Abuse, you’ll love Dirge. This album takes everything Abuse was and cranks it.
This review will be rather short compared to past reviews, so those looking for a long read should look elsewhere. The record begins with a slow, powerful dirge (See what I did there?) before jumping headfirst into grindcore chaos. The is what grindcore is supposed to be, but it features an obscene amount of time signature changes, which will always keep your brain working, even if all you hear is noise.
Production is great on this record, especially for the fact that it’s grindcore. Wormrot lack a bassist, but you won’t be able to tell, as the guitar is already low enough. Drums sound really organic, and vocals are brutal. You’ll often hear the music cut and the vocalist give a solo “Oh!” God, I love those moments.
Of course with grindcore, you get the great grind staple: short songs. 25 songs running 18 minutes – how awesome is that!? The song titles are almost as awesome as the actual songs. My personal favorite is “Semiconscious Godsize Dumbass“, but every track title is a masterpiece of its own.
Overall, this record is a great grindcore record. It’s not very original, but when has grindcore ever been original since its creation? It won’t change listeners opinions of grindcore, but it will definitely give peoples ears a feast. Give it a good, honest spin. It’s definitely a contender for my top 25.