Friday, January 8, 2021

Stoner prog "Yellow Sea" by Wormhog

 

Stoner prog "Yellow Sea" by Wormhog

There's a reason WORMHOG's "Yellow Sea" is #1 on December's Doom Charts. Actually, there are a lot of reasons. Let's break it down. Blasting, heavy riffs. Killer vocals. Epic guitar solos. Splash of prog metal on top of a desert rock foundation. Flashbacks to the glory days of grunge. Listen to "Yellow Sea" by Wormhog on Bandcamp:

I can't think of another recent album which combines elements of prog metal into a desert / stoner sound this seamlessly. The time changes and quick guitar solos feel perfectly integrated with the overall vibe, and never seem to be tacked on as an afterthought or embellishment. 

The vocals are definitely reminiscent of some grunge bands, and interact perfectly with the stoner prog music. This is an experienced band that understands the sound it wants to achieve, and has the skills to pull it off. 

And dig that album cover inspired by Zardoz! (The album cover was created by kamaris_junk.)

Recap: Non-stop heavy vibes with a touch of prog, top-rate production, and killer music throughout. 

Fuzzy's Favorite: "Beneath The Yellow Sea" but if you think there are any weak songs on this album, then you haven't listened to it yet!

From the band: 

Wormhog is a Stoner Prog band based in Athens, Greece.

The band’s first EP, “Mother Worm Father Hog”, was released in 2014 and was recorded live at D Studio in Athens. Being loyal supporters of everything that’s heavy, Wormhog draws inspiration from bands such as Black Sabbath, Mastodon, Alice in Chains and Blue Oyster Cult. Clearly influenced by their musical background, the band’s main direction in songwriting is retro grooves merged with progressive twists and swirling guitar solos.

After years of steady presence in the Athens underground music scene, the band released their first LP, “Yellow Sea” which was once again recorded, mixed and produced at D Studio, Athens by Mihail Karpathiou. “A trip through space, a strange eclipse of the sun, the birth of a monster, it’s fall from the sky and into the Yellow Sea”. This album vaguely unveils the origins and nature of the wormhog beast while also exploring other themes concerning the journey of life.

Follow Wormhog on Bandcamp at https://wormhog.bandcamp.com

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