Review: Wormrot’s ‘Voices’ is the good kind of uncomfortable

Posted by on October 17, 2016


Voices is the 3rd full-length album from Singapore trio Wormrot (including a new drummer in Vijesh Ghariwala); consisting of 20 tracks, only 3 of which exceed a minute and a half in length. With the attention span usually saved for hardcore punk albums, can you get into the rhythm of a song that is over as soon as it started?

This album is the ramblings reverberating within the skull of a schizophrenic, as if his cranium were tapped and the insanity amplified. The terseness of the songs only adds to the feelings of unease and imbalance that this album incites.  And even within these minute long songs the tone, tempo, and pitch change so frequently you are liable to get motion-sick. Yet every track is able to suck you in, chew you up, and spit you back out before doing it again and again and again.

This whole album is uncomfortable in the best possible way; like watching your favorite horror movie, it provokes an anticipated anxiety with an aggressive shot of adrenaline. Wormrot has cultivated a personality that makes them one of the most unique acts out there; perhaps it is cultural dissonance or simple ingenuity but they seem to break every rule with absolute reason and intent.

The album is streaming at Noisey, and was released this past Friday. You can pick it up here.


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