Wormwitch is releasing their upcoming album “Heaven That Dwells Within” On April 5th through their label Prosthetic Records. The Blackened death/rock trio have stepped up their game with this release and focused on making their sound much more extreme. There’s plenty of black metal influence here especially on the vocals. There is plenty of speed on the record as well. There’s also some underlying punk and thrash metal nodes as well. Wormwitch has a sound primarily focused on black metal, but there’s a lot of other genres that poke their heads up every now and then. I remember seeing these guys when they supported Suffocation and The Black Dahlia Murder a few years ago. I caught them in Rochester when BDM released “Nightbringers” and was on the “Nocturnal” anniversary tour. This was also when Suffocation released their latest album “Of The Dark Light” in 2017. They put on a stellar show and dug their raw, energetic sound. Now I’m sitting here typing and listening to their upcoming sophomore album. How cool is this? Is this life? Pinch me!
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Guitars and Auxiliary Instruments – Colby Hink
Bass and Vocals – Robin Harris
Drums – Izzy Langlais
Harris’ voice carries this band’s energy. He has that classic black metal voice, but a bit lower voice than your average vocalist in black metal. Robin almost has a similar rasp in his voice to someone who helped get me into black metal….ABBATH. Maybe that’s a bit of an over exaggeration but in my mind it’s a unique vocal set with that extra grit and rasp that works for Wormwitch. His bass playing is in sync with drummer Izzy especially on the quicker parts. Langlais’ drum fills are ever so present, and the more I listened to the album he doesn’t overdo it. He’s not a boring pocket drummer by any means, but he understands his talents and doesn’t try to get too fancy.
Wormwitch is also heading in April with Uada and Cloak (on select dates). If you’re interested, here’s the dates and venues.
4/05 – Kalispell, MT – Old School Records
4/06 – Bozeman, MT – Zebra Lounge
4/08 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar
4/09 – Milwaukee, WI – Walkers Point Music Hall
4/10 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s The Joint
4/11 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
4/12 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
4/13 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore – Decibel Metal & Beer Fest #
4/15 – Rock Island, IL – RIBCO +
4/16 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown +
4/17 – Denver, CO – Hi Dive +
4/18 – Santa Fe, NM – Tumbleroot Brewery +
4/19 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red +
4/20 – Los Angeles, CA – Catch One – Psycho Smokeout Festival **
4/21 – Oakland, CA – Elbo Room – Jack London +
4/22 – Sacramento, CA – Blue Lamp +
4/23 – Grant’s Pass, OR – Sound Lounge +
4/24 – Portland, OR – Tonic Lounge +
4/25 – Seattle, WA – Highline +
4/26 – Vancouver, BC – SBC
4/27 – Calgary, AB – The Country Line Saloon
4/28 – Edmonton, AB – Rendezvous Pub
# Uada only
+ with Cloak
** No Wormwitch
Colby’s guitar work is very cool. There are a couple guitar harmonies that spice up “Heaven That Dwells Within”. He has a pretty good variety of some quicker and slower riffs leaving his band a bit unpredictable as far as sticking to a certain speed. It’s a good thing when you can vary your sound and not stick to the same chemistry musically. The production is pretty good, as well. Robin’s voice is very present in the mix, but it doesn’t dominate drowning out the rest of the instruments. For a sophomore album, Wormwitch put out a very stellar piece of music and have good production to go with it. Not many bands have the sound of Wormwitch, and for a new band this album really proves that.