Monday, January 28, 2013
Vorum - "Poisoned Void" (2013) [Dark Descent Records]
Having honed their talents for the past seven years, cutting an EP and split with the harrowing Vasaeleth in the process, Vorum finally unleashed their first full-length effort today on filth merchant Dark Descent Records. After waiting so many years, the inevitable disappointment, a byproduct of anticipation, could have played a key role in this album, but, luckily, Vorum delivers. Hard. Poisoned Void is an solid meditation in the violent, creepy death metal of old, nodding, naturally, to heavy-hitters like Incantation, Asphyx, and the like, but with the tasteful amount of clarity which comes with a newer album. Though the muddiness of old-school albums is a key part of the gaseous, horrific atmospheres they crafted, it is refreshing to hear such a sharpened revitalization. The chunks are chunkier, the leads cut like a knife, and everything fits together without clashing. Stomping at a consistently muscular mid-pace, Vorum unleashes an army of riffs the likes of which would make their predecessors blush; never faltering or straying from the tried and true "old school death metal" blue-print.
This conservatism, unfortunately, also makes Poisoned Void "another one of those new old school death metal albums," at least on the surface. Though the Autopsy-school-of-death-metal approach will always be appreciated by this writer, I can't help but feel Vorum will get lost in the sea of sameness which plagues this re-invigoration of the ancients. This exercise in putrid murk will accompany on many a gym outing. Hail the metal of death.