Wyrmwoods – Earth Made Flesh Review

Release date: 15th January 2018

Earth Made Flesh is the debut album from Finnish avant-garde black metal project Wyrmwood and for a debut offering, it sure is a mighty little piece. It may not be the easiest of listens, but dig a little deeper and you’ll surely be impressed. It’s not a typical black metal listen, incorporating a lot of ambience and instruments not necessarily associated with the genre (including saxophone!) and that definitely deserves commending.

Wyrmwoods takes its time in setting the scene – there’s no rush as the tracks progress and it subsequently becomes more of an immersive listen as a result. Although at times things feel a little long and drawn out, you get the impression that that’s exactly what was intended with the music. It’s a somewhat uncomfortable approach but it works.

The highlight of the album for me is second track The Greater Festival Of Masks. With a little more movement and energy to it, the striking introduction immediately grabs your attention before you’re presented with more noisier approach that hits you like a tonne of bricks. The song mainly follows this approach until the end, but the little smatterings of melodies that pop up every once in a while really help to give the song a little more of a sparkle and adds a lot more body to it.

As a whole, this is a fairly impressive listen as long as you can stick with it! There’s a lot of promise to Wyrmwood’s sound, so hopefully Earth Made Flesh will be the start of something special for this talented musician.


About Natalie Humphries 1798 Articles
Soundscape's editor, who is particularly fond of doom, black metal and folk (but will give anything a chance). Likes to travel to see bands abroad when she can. Contact: nathumphries@soundscapemagazine.com or @acidnat on twitter.

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