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Wormwood - Ghostlands: Wounds from a Bleeding Earth Award winner

Ghostlands: Wounds from a Bleeding Earth
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 02 April 2020, 5:41 AM

Some bands always release albums that make the listeners and fans wait anxiously for their next releases. This bound is what means to be a fan, someone who is really interested on the band’s musical career. And the Swedish WOODWORM is one of them, because their music becomes an addiction to many. And as the successor of “Nattarvet” (their second album) doesn’t have come yet, the band is releasing a new pressing for “Ghostlands: Wounds from a Bleeding Earth”, their debut album, released originally back on 2017.

For this new version, a new cover, and it’s released in two different packages: CD and double vinyl (that is really beautiful). On the songs, the same excellent work that can be heard on all their releases: a mix between the crude approach of earlier Swedish Black Metal with nasty and somber melodies, but with some touches of Pagan/Folk music on them. But there’s a melancholic/introspective feeling coming from the clean parts (as can be heard clearly on “Godless Serenade”). The genre is the same from all their releases, but the difference comes from the energy, the feeling, and ambiance and all those features that make a musical release different from the other, but when the band keeps its main identity. So if the reader haven’t heard their work, it’s a wonderful opportunity; if yes, it’s an excellent time to hear it again, and again.

The sound production of the band is a mix between the professional approach of modern days with the crude and organic insight of the 90's, creating an hybrid sonority: clean and defined for the understanding of what is being played, but with the nasty and rusty feeling coming from the instrumental tunes used. And it’s a wise choice.

All the songs are excellent, and they show why “Ghostlands: Wounds from a Bleeding Earth” deserved to be re-released. But the darkened and beautiful melodies of “The Universe is Dying” (very good guitar riffs, a very strong point of their work), the dense ambiance summoned during the harsh “Godless Serenade” (excellent vocals and lead guitars), the more traditional Black Metal insight used on “Oceans” and of “Tidh ok Ödhe”, the dense melancholic the fills “Beneath Ravens and Bones”, the contrasts heard on “What We Lost in the Mist” (between clean moments and harsh parts, what needs a very good work from bass guitar and drums), the aggressiveness explicated by the band during “The Boneless One” (besides the melodies are there as well) and “To Worship” are the ones that deserve to be heard at the first hearing. But the second, after hearing all of them, the fans will hear the album countless times.

For those that think that Swedish Black Metal scene hasn’t the same darkened gleam from the past, “Ghostlands: Wounds from a Bleeding Earth” comes for a second time to show that they’re wrong. And in a near future, WOODWORM can become a leading figure on Swedish Black Metal scene.

Musicianship: 10
Songwriting: 10
Memorability: 9
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Gjallarhornet
2. The Universe is Dying
3. Under Hennes Vingslag
4. Godless Serenade
5. Oceans
6. Silverdimmans återsken
7. Tidh ok Ödhe
8. Beneath Ravens and Bones
9. The Windmill
10. What We Lost in the Mist
11. The Boneless One
12. To Worship
Nine - Vocals
Nox - Guitars
Rydsheim - Guitars
Borka - Bass
Daniel Johansson - Drums
Record Label: Black Lodge Records


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