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Evocation of the Black Marsh (2017), 6/10
Gloomlord (2020), 6.5/10
Foreverglade (2021)

Floridian one-man band Worm debuted with the cassettes The Deep Dark Earth Underlies All ? (2014) and Nights In Hell (2016). They became a duo on Evocation of the Black Marsh (2017), a better implementation of their distorted death-metal, with powerful blitzkriegs like Evil in the Mire and Evocation of the Black Marsh.

Gloomlord (2020), however, recorded by a trio, marked a stylistic shift towards funeral doom-metal. Rotting Spheres of Sentient Black starts lethargic but has surges of black energy, with cavernous and thundering growls riding the oscillating dynamics. The werewolf growl duets with a satanic shriek in Apparitions of Gloom while the guitars intone gothic melodies. The heaviest moments come in Abysmal Dimensions which nonetheless has also the most romantic break, followed by a feverish section, as if they wanted to atone for that weakness, before the atmospheric finale.

The project became a quartet on Foreverglade (2021): the original duo plus a guitarist and a drummer. The mix of death-metal and doom-metal is more elegant here. The eleven-minute Cloaked in Nightwinds is emblematic of how romantic guitar solos and stately keyboard counterpoint lead the growling and shrieking vocals into more evocative spaces: the gothic spirit is actually enhanced. If Empire of the Necromancers is sophisticated for the sake of being sophisticated, the ten-minute closer, Centuries of Ooze, uses all the arsenal of death and doom to sculpt a melancholic descent into hell (it actually ends with what sounds like monks chanting a requiem for the dead). The album has abandoned the brutal edge death-metal for a lyrical form of atmospheric metal that sometimes borders on pop-metal and matches the dynamics of prog-metal.

The centerpiece of the four-song EP Bluenothing (2022), the eleven-minute Bluenothing, feels like a continuation of Centuries of Ooze, another concentrate of desperate melancholy, again with romantic guitar melodies and monk-like chanting.

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