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Wormlight - Wrath Of The Wilds (2018) - Review

Band: Wormlight
Album title: Wrath Of The Wilds
Release date: 25 April 2018
Label: Black Lion Records

Tracklist
01. Wrath Of The Wilds
02. Reptilian King
03. Vittramark
04. The Ghostligh’s Dance
05. Cry Of The Nameless
06. On Tattered Wings
07. Nightmare
08. Invocation (Intro)
09. Feast Of The Mountain Kin

Wormlight's debut album named Wrath Of The Wilds is now finally out via the magnificient fast rising Swedish extreme metal label Black Lion Records. This guys come from the black metal crib, Scandinavia, more specifically from the town Umea in Sweden. The band is not completely unknown, as it was formed in 2014 and has two EPs released so far, An Ancient Enemy (2014) and Bloodfields (2015) under the moniker Unhallowed. Since the formation they undergone several modifications in the line-up and were in 2015, when they released Bloodfields, joined by Tiamat Invictus (Sons Ov Omega). A phenomenal artist who became one of the driving forces inside the formation and is currently responsible for vocals and guitar. When Tiamat Invictus joined they changed their name to Wormlight. The current line-up consists of Tiamat Invictus, Lator Mortis (ex-Torn Apart) on guitars, Lord Arktos (Sons Ov Omega) on bass and King Antichrist (Graveless, Black Shining Death) on drums.

Wormlight surprised me with this debut album as I was served with a perfect dose of melodic black/death metal. It's an excelent work of extreme art that has a lot of influences from mid-90s Scandinavian black metal, yet it's meticulously structured, it has a certain dark vibe and comes with interesting lyrical thematics centered around ancient Scandinavian folklore. Wrath Of The Wilds consists of nine icy atmospheric tracks (including one intro), assisted by mesmerising melodic solos, abundance of fast tremolo pickings, energetic blasts and tenebrous shrieks intertwined with death growls. The cold and the deep atmosphere of this album took me on a heavy and terrifying journey from the begining to the end.
 
Wormlight have composed some excellent songs for Wrath Of The Wilds and I found some nice inclusions like in the beginning of "The Ghostlight’s Dance", a heavy metal style that transmutes the track into some blackened death metal, and in "Tattered Wings" that offers some beautiful piano notes that are followed by a more symphonic approach. I would like again to highlight the excellent performance of Tiamat Invictus not only on vocals but also in conjunction with Lator Mortis on guitars. I can't skip to mention as well a great performances by drummer King Antichrist and bassist Lord Arktos who presented a high level of skill and adaptation in the most rhythmic parts of this album.

I find it very difficult to point out any favorite tracks, but I will choose "Reptilian King", the already mentioned ones, "The Ghostligh's Dance" and "Tattered Wings", and I can't skip the amazing "Feast Of The Mountain Kin". Nevertheless, Wormlight conquered me and all I can say is that Wrath Of The Wilds is an admirable album with excellent compositions, great production and instruments played with precision and a lot of skill. Congratz to these rising masters of darkness.

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 9/10

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Release date: 3 November 2015
Label: Cryo Chamber

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