Worm - _The Armageddon Codex_
by: Quentin Kalis (3.5 out of 5)
Describing themselves as industrial death metal is a bit of a misnomer, as the mere presence of a drum machine and a few electronic bits (not including the obligatory intro and outro) do not an industrial metal band make. Never mind the fact that they have far more in common with virtually any death metal you could care to name than any number of "futuristic" knob twiddlers.

Semantics aside, this is not at all bad. The production is acceptable, allowing the bass to be discernible, while the guitars have a raw edge which provides a primitive feel. The drum machine is way too low in the mix, with only an imitation double bass pedal clearly discernible, which creates a sense of monotony and detracts from the far more interesting guitar work. I'm not a fan of drum machines, but they can be forgiven -- I imagine it's quite hard to find a death metal drummer in their hometown of Alexandria, Egypt. Although the so-called industrial bits alluded to earlier are sparingly used, their use is highly effective -- most notably the synth break on "Dominion" -- despite sounding like it came from one of those Casio models with keys that light up.

If Worm were to record in a studio with a proper setup, and especially with better keys, I have no doubt they could pull off something better.

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(article published 27/9/2006)

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