Oldd Wvrms’s : “Codex Tenebris” Digipack CD & Digital 15th February 2019 Cursed Monk Records. Belgium Instrumental Doom Metal band. It is never easy to review such a band that mixing many genres to get a deep emotional music to captivate your senses. From the unusual band’s name to the cover artwork and the music vibe, it is not a band that can get easy listening unless from mouth to mouth due to their maximum criteria from their belief and thoughts. Yet anyone into music will dig this album without a doubt no matter which music style they are into if they are music lovers as I am.
Those occult people might know this band from their previous albums, since they seem to have that little touch of Black Metal feel at some point with fast guitar riffs. Starting with down tuned heavy riffs that can sends you into a weirdest dream you ever feel, depending on what you do while listening. It could be easily a sound track from an Italian seventies “horror” movie such each passages gives you elements to get your imagination creating images through the music floating in your brain.
The band leaves this sentence to describe their creation : “Feel the serpent crawl upon your flesh and embrace the haunting emptiness within.”
I leave you enjoying the first track :
The intro reminds Machine Head in their second album with that little reverb and few notes in a clean sound. At some point you may have a little thinking of Pink Floyd‘s moments…The end of the songs finish with sounds that could be a saw in a joinery factory, a corrosive opened door…The funniest thing is the names they give to each songs like they have lyrics , a bit like shredders who release solo albums but with much deeper sense like they would sing at one moment but you are left alone with your mind trying to figure out what they are trying to say with those riffs.
Inverted chords , bands like Opeth used a lot to give special feelings. Five long tracks setting you into an atmosphere that somehow is peaceful and will led you to fall asleep without a doubt. The last tracks reminds late sixties touches from Blac Sabbath and else who used the drums and rhythms. This is a great album if you dare to listen to and let yourself go into different world 98/100.