Palace Of Worms are a solo project from San Francisco, California that has been featured before in this zine and plays an atmospheric form of black metal and this is a review of his 2016 album "The Ladder" which will be released in April by Broken Limbs.
A very exotic and melodic yet atmospheric sound starts off the album before going into a heavier direction and also introducing high pitched black metal screams onto the recording as well as retaining the melody and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard and a good portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
Death metal growls can be heard in some parts of the recording and they also mix in elements of ambient and clean singing male and female vocals at times and the fast riffs also use a great amount of tremolo picking which also gives the music more of a raw style and you can also hear an influence of doom metal in the slower sections of the music.
When solos and leads are utilized they remain very true to a melodic style and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the synths when they are utilized gives the music more of an atmospheric style and there is also a brief use of spoken word parts and some songs also mix in a small amount of clean plying and each track also has a different sound to them and some songs also bring in session work from members of Abstracter, Pale Chalice, and Lotus Thief .
Palace Of Worms creates an album that keeps the raw and atmospheric black metal roots of previous recordings while also getting a bit more experimental and adding in elements of death, doom metal, dark ambient, goth, progressive, and post rock to create something very original, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover nihilism and a hatred for humanity.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Palace of Worms and if you are a fan of atmospheric black metal, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "In The Twilight Divide" "Nightworld" and "Emphemeral Blues". 8 out of 10.