Black/doom metal collective WORM will unveil the Bluenothing EP through 20 Buck Spin this Friday, the entire EP now streaming in its entirety ahead of its release.
After the massive breakthrough of Foreverglade in 2021, the Floridian swamp winds stir again as WORM conjures the nocturnal evocation of Bluenothing. A four-track, twenty-six-minute mini-album, Bluenothing is an ominous nightside lament demonstrating where the always-evolving fog dwellers have been and the distant domains where they may yet venture.
The A-side of Bluenothing features two tracks from the mythic Foreverglade sessions that remained encased in the phantom crypts but are no less masterly than the latter’s ultimate six tracks. Indeed, the title track “Bluenothing” was at one time to be the album closer on Foreverglade and all the crushing weight and mysterious allure that made that opus a new classic remains on these two tracks. Yet these tracks also have the added dimension of pure necromantic shred via new guitarist Wroth Septentrion (Atramentus, VoidCeremony, Chthe-ilist, Hulder-live).
The B-side reveals a different yet complementary stylistic command, one alluded to in past incarnations and now fully actualized – that of the clandestine dimensions of black metal’s unfathomable darkness and shrouded mysteries. “Invoking The Dragonmoon” is a ritual gate opening into this obscure galaxy, while “Shadowside Kingdom” denotes the arrival to the remote twilight stronghold at the edge of blackness where Phantom Slaughter’s tyrannical celestial necromancy can flourish undisturbed by mortal disquiet and axe wielder Nihilistic Manifesto crafts a thousand spires of darkly cascading melodies. Simply one of the best symphonic black metal tracks since the style’s late-1990s apex.
And so, with Bluenothing, the Foreverglade-era of WORM is ceremoniously put to an end, and the next chapter in the fanatical saga opens…
Bluenothing was mixed and mastered by Stevie D at Soundlab with additional engineering by Hughes Deslanriers. The cover art was created by Brad Moore, the WORM logo by Yuri Kahan, the Bluenothing title shield and interior art by Mark Riddick, the art and dagger by Mark Jarrell, the Draconian Sigil by Nightmare Imagery, and the Dragonmoon Throne frame by J. Slaughter. The band photos were xeroxed by Skograt, and the record’s layout/design was handled by Phantom Slaughter, J. Slaughter, and Chimere Noire. Fans of Disembowelment, Abigor, Thorns Of The Carrion, Limbonic Art, Ceremonium, Evoken, Emperor, Obtained Enslavement, Atramentus, Unholy, and Arcturus, do not miss WORM’s Bluenothing.
Listen to WORM’s Bluenothing early via YouTube RIGHT HERE.
20 Buck Spin will release Bluenothing on LP, CD, cassette, and all digital platforms this Friday, October 28th, the vinyl to include a huge 24×36 inch poster and standard insert. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE.
WORM has also been confirmed as one of the performers at the 2023 edition of Decibel Magazine’s Metal & Beer Fest on April 14th and 15th in Philadelphia. Here, the WORM collective will share the stage with the likes of Suicidal Tendencies, The Black Dahlia Murder, Eyehategod, Incantation, All Out War and more. Stand by for additional transmissions over the months ahead.
4/14-15/2023 Decibel Metal & Beer Fest @ The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA [info]