“‘(Was It) The Cruelest Thing’ is a love song to the memory of beauty when hope and light are extinguished.” — WORM OUROBOROS
What Graceless Dawn is the forthcoming full-length from dark ethereal doom bringers WORM OUROBOROS. Recorded and mixed at Oakland’s Earhammer Studios by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Pallbearer, Noothgrush), the stunning six-track offering will see its official unveiling on December 2nd, 2016 via Profound Lore Records.
In advance of its release, today Decibel Magazine offers up the engrossing fifth cut, “(Was It) The Cruelest Thing,” for public celebration issuing of the ten-plus-minute psalm “‘(Was It) The Cruelest Thing’ conveys a quiet and restrained sense of urgency. The dual harmonies of [bassist/vocalist Lorraine] Rath and [guitarist/vocalist Jessica] Way create an uplifting feeling that follows their voices throughout the song, complemented by [drummer Aesop] Dekker’s impressive performance behind the kit. ”
Adds the band, “In many ways this album is darker and rawer than our previous two, and hope plays a smaller role. ‘(Was It) The Cruelest Thing’ is a love song to the memory of beauty when hope and light are extinguished. It’s the lie the heart manufactures in order to keep beating once all context is gone.”
Sample the lamenting sounds of “(Was It) The Cruelest Thing,” courtesy of Decibel Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.
And if you missed it, experience second track, “Broken Movements,” via Profound Lore’s Soundcloud page at THIS LOCATION.
With their third full-length, What Graceless Dawn, WORM OUROBOROS have brought into existence their deepest and most moving work to date. The follow-up to 2012’s critically-lauded Come The Thaw LP finds the Oakland-based trio of bassist/vocalist Lorraine Rath (ex-The Gault, Amber Asylum), guitarist/vocalist Jessica Way (Barren Harvest), and drummer Aesop Dekker (Vhol, ex-Agalloch, Ludicra) elevating the WORM OUROBOROS sound to a new echelon of sophistication through their amalgam of morose, 4AD-esque doom, introspective death rock, dark ambient, and enchanting chamber music. Through obsessive bass lines, ambient guitar movements, layers and overtones, the alluring vocal intertwining between Rath and Way, and Dekker’s subtle-yet-procession-like percussion, What Graceless Dawn is a sonic vision of tragedy and despair, one of the saddest, most crippling, and gut-wrenching releases in the realm of heavy, dark, introspective music to bring the curtain down on the year.
WORM OUROBOROS formed in June 2007 by Lorraine Rath and Jessica Way. With both musicians already having experience within the Bay Area heavy music scene – Way was previously part of metal band World Eater and Rath being a part of the influential Amber Asylum lineup as well as being co-mastermind of The Gault – WORM OUROBOROS set out to create music which explores the lines between fragility and strength, darkness and light, harmony and discord. Drawing inspiration from many places, including metal, doom, folk, progressive, and dark ambient genres, WORM OUROBOROS creates its own space; a creeping, dark landscape full of murky dreams and emotions. The band would see the inclusion of drummer Aesop Dekker in 2010 who would replace original drummer Justin Green.