Come The Thaw
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Formed in 2008 by Lorraine Rath (ex-The Gault, Amber Asylum) and Jessica Way, San Francisco's Worm Ouroboros made quite an impression with their self-titled debut album. Now joined by veteran drumming underground legend Aesop Dekker (of Agalloch and the now-defunct Ludicra) on drums, Worm Ouroboros presents their most fully realized work yet. On Come The Thaw, the group refines their musical craft into something more meticulous and moving, staking out a much darker, more somber and delicate-sounding territory.
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The packaging is good - tri-fold cardboard with the cover theme artwork all around, and full lyrics printed inside. All the songs are long - 7:12 is the shortest, and there are six songs, two of which are 9:32 and 10:35 in length. The vocals, delivered by Jessica Way and Lorraine Rath, are clean and beautiful - no screaming or growling, and they are mostly delivered with an almost breathy timbre which creates a ghostly dream-like effect. "Trans-like" might be a good way of describing some sections/songs. This is all very good, but it certainly is an album for certain moods. This is not about banging your head and running through walls. This is about letting the music wash over you and take you where it takes you and where your own imagination lets it. Just don't drive late at night with it, 'cause it won't keep you awake. But played loudly at home in a candle-lit room with nothing else to do but drink dark-red wine and take a musical trip - yeah, that works!
I really enjoy these kind of epic 7+ minute long songs that take time to develop. This is not the kind of music you listen to for a quick fix - it carries you on a long, compelling ride.
This is my favorite album so far this year.