Slow Worm hail from Leicester, England, formed in 2011. Their mission was clear back then: create a sonic outlet for their feelings of despair. That seemed to work quite well and now they're back with another full-length, 'The Inverse Ascent'. Four tracks, forty minutes of slothful misery. Doom metal, shoegaze and post-metal blended into something which is perfectly suited as a soundtrack for those face-on-pillow screaming sessions.
I can't believe how woeful this album actually is. I heard many doom metal bands in my career as a reviewer and fan but this brings tears to my eyes. Usually I just gently bang my head a little, which my aging neck doesn't like but this time I seem to be absorbing all of the world's misery, fear and despair and tumbling down into a whirlpool of depression. 'Well', you might say, 'put if off then'. Like hell I would.
This might be one of the things that non-doom metal fans don't understand. Why do doomers love to dwell into this thick cesspool of adversity and tribulation? Why do we allow ourselves to be touched to our deepest inner self by slow drones and thick riffs? All I can say is that we just like it. In this case for instance, those riffs are massive, provoking soundwaves you can feel, soundwaves which have the power to exorcise those feelings.
What you need to know from this album is that somehow Slow Worm succeeded in blending some of the bleakest genres together in four huge tracks. From traditional doom metal to funeral doom and from shoegaze to depressive black metal, it's all here and it's damn impressive. Vocals are too, clean but vigorous. A bit like Pallbearer maybe. The result is a varied album, intensely heavy and quite melodic at the same time. Of course, this comes highly recommended...