Covering everything from funeral doom to death, thrash, heavy, and even creepy, proto symphonic black metal, Worm obviously don’t shy away from gathering inspiration from various different sources, of which some may feel as if they don’t even belong in the same sentence. Granted, since the framework of funeral doom isn’t a particularly broad one with its stern sonic restrictions and minimalistic doom and gloom atmosphere, it shouldn’t come as the biggest of surprises that Worm obviously don’t feel too comfortable within that narrow framework, which explains the band’s frequent tendency to branch over into the neighboring subgenres. And yet, despite being remarkably capable of turning that messy pile of influences into a cohesive whole, Worm only partially excel at transforming that sound into particularly memorable, compelling songwriting, with a lasting impact and significant repeat value.
Stripped down to the bare basics, Foreverglade is essentially an exercise in death doom riffing thundering below either slow, melancholic leads or layers of creepy, steady synth work that feels like fog moving forward ever so slowly. The music on the record, for the most part, dwells in the grey area between derivative and memorable, unable to fully reach the latter or succumb to the former, and as such unfortunately seems to be lacking that special something to warrant continual revisits and make this album truly stand out. That being said, compared to the contemporary landscape of funeral doom, and to Worm’s credit, they do sound rather unique in terms of sound and general aesthetics. Substance-wise, however, one could argue that a fair share of their peers make music that is more captivating.
Last but not least, Foreverglade features one of this year’s most eye-catching artworks, and there’s no doubt that getting familiar with the album through vinyl would surely elevate the entire listening experience and probably significantly influence the overall impression about the record. That said, while arguably not groundbreaking enough to capture the imagination of a wider metal audience that can appreciate any kind of metal if executed extraordinarily, this album should definitely appeal to funeral doom aficionados, as it was apparently made to please them in the first place.
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