'Codex Tenebris', their latest album, is another sonic adventure of epic proportions. It will be released February 15 by Cursed Monk Records. With five lengthy tracks, Oldd Wvrms once again deliver an impending and immersive instrumental doom metal album. I used the word "traditional" before and it quite fits with this full-length too. This album feels like a natural next step for this band. Elements of drone ambient, stoner rock, black metal and post metal infiltrate the riff loaded tracks. The result is a meandering sound, something that resembles a lava flow.
There is one element on this album I simply adore. Large passages in 'A l'or, aux ombres et aux abîmes' and 'Misère & Corde' drive on a brilliant rolling bass, adding a lot of groove to the whole thing. Along with the strong drum performance, this bass delivers a solid foundation for the guitars to do their thing. And halfway through the latter song, that thing is amazing, somewhere between Tool and Russian Circles. This combination guarantees shaking heads in front every stage where these guys play.
'La vallée des tombes' is my favorite track here, although I have to say that I've enjoyed every single second of the whole album. Yet, musically, this track is one of those unforgettable doom metal anthems that grab you by the throat. This surely is some melancholic and dark music, perfectly suited for a late night gig in a forest in Zottegem (*wink*). Anyhow, this album is a stunner, another perfectly crafted piece of Belgian sludge doom post metal or whatever you like to call it these days. My advice: pre order the hell out of this monster. You will not regret it, I promise.