Wormwood are a band from Sweden that plays a very grim, melodic, and atmospheric form of black metal and this is a review of their 2017 album "Ghostlands - Wounds From A Bleeding Earth" which will be released in March by Non Serviam Records.
Atmospheric synths start off the album along with some pagan war calls and after the intro the music goes into a very fast and melodic direction along with a great amount of blast beats and the solos and leads also bring in a great amount of melody and the vocals are mostly grim black metal screams.
Throughout the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while deep growls are also used at times and acoustic guitars along with spoken word parts being used at times and the music is very heavily rooted in the Swedish tradition of the 90's an d the tremolo picking gives the songs a raw black metal feeling.
Some tracks also bring in a small amount of melodic vocals and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and there is also a brief use of female vocals and stringed instruments on a couple of songs which add a touch of folk music onto the album and some of the heavy riffing also brings in a more modern and atmospheric style and as the album progresses death metal growls can also be heard briefly and a couple of the tracks are long and epic in length.
Wormwood plays a style of black metal that is very melodic, grim and atmospheric sounding while also adding in a touch of the pagan style, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover the vast and mystical space of the Scandinavian north and old folk tales.
In my opinion Wormwood are a very grim sounding atmospheric, grim and melodic black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Universe Is Dying" "To The Oceans" "The Windmall" and "To Worship". 8/5 out of 10.