One thing that has always attracted me to Ringworm was their sense of rawness. I’m not saying that they sounded shitty, in which raw is typically the nice way of putting it, but that their sound was pure. The riffs and lyrics come from within as if etched into their DNA. There isn’t a specific agenda that needs to be met when writing. In 2014’s Hammer Of The Witch, they were able to capture that energy, in what I’d describe in a flawless recording. That record, specifically, had some serious oomph to it. The punch from the low end and the bite from guitars made my car stereo sound like it was worth a hell of a lot more than I paid for it. However, with the enhanced sound, it did kind of take away from some of the charm of Ringworm. Ringworm isn’t meant to sound clean. They are a band that talks about the inhabitants of the gutter and their recordings should reflect that. With the band’s newest record, Snake Church, they have seemingly found the balance. It’s not as unrefined, as say Birth Is Pain, but it’s also not as pristine as Hammer. This is how Ringworm should really sound. The cut off tuxedo shirt of metal; It says they have some class but also here to shred.
Musically it reminds me a lot of Scars, or well I guess what Scars should have sounded like. I’m not 100% sure, and I’m not even sure if the band would/could legally comment, but the rumor was they half-assed that record to get themselves out of their Victory contract. While it was a step down from albums like Venomous Grand Design and Justice Replaced By Revenge, I still love the shit out of that record. I’m actually bummed they don’t play songs like Used Up, Spit out and Unravel live. Those songs are legit fucking rippers. The experimentation with some melody was a nice addition but overall, I feel like that record lacked that signature Ringworm snarl. With Snake Church, they have brought back a lot of the theme from Scars but the fury returned as well and songs like title track and The Razor And The Knife are some of the best, most vicious songs they’ve ever wrote. Not to mention, James “Human Furnace” Bulloch has never sounded more like the devil than on this record. Wherever he channels this rage from, I don’t want to go there.
Once again Ringworm has released an Album Of The Year contender. Their unapologetic and seamless blend of thrash metal, punk, and hardcore is a beautiful, yet horrifying concoction that is, unfortunately, becoming a dying breed in the metalcore world. It’s a shame because in the sea of downtuned, chug heavy mosh sound that is reemerging from years of dormancy, bands like Ringworm are a breath of fresh air. If you want a well-written, non-conforming to recent trends record, then look no further than Snake Church. Relish the sacrament and praise the sermon.
Genre: Hardcore / Country
Label: Relapse Records
Site: Related Link
Similar: Integrity, Pulling Teeth
- Snake Church
- Brotherhood Of The Midnight Sun
- Fear The Silence
- The Black Light Of A Living Ghost
- Destroy Or Create
- Shades Of Blue
- Innocent Blood
- The Apparition
- The Razor And The Knife
- Angel Of War
- Temple Of The Wolves
also the venom cover is great
Originally posted by: Carlo_HC
the venom cover was released on the split 7" with brain tentacles.
I know that. Still kind of expected it to be a bonus track on this.