Dickie Death (vocals, Kunti Mctwot (drums), Kevmeister (guitar), Wyn Wangle (guitar) and Matt Demon (bass) are Wormhead. The band recently released an album entitled The 33rd Parallel. They play a bit of metal and rock and you can hear influences from bands across many generations. Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath and Motörhead came to mind. Their music sounds more reminiscent of acts from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s rather than contemporary metal especially anything that resides in the mainstream.
I have to gives kudos to Matt Demon for producing and recording this album. It sounds better than most DIY efforts. He even manages to dial in on the aesthetics you typically hear on albums from twenty to thirty years ago.
The 33rd Parallel is a fun, unpretentious album, which really encapsulates the best aspects of rock. Take for instance the opener “The 33rd Parallel” which is a dark rocker or the next track “Lost Souls Of Bedlam” which veers more towards ‘70s punk and also happens to be a highlight.
“Addict” is a dark borderline theatrical song. You can certainly hear some Alice In Chains influence on the verse on this song. The next “Gargoyle” contains a verse that sounds so similar to Tool that I thought it could have been from one of their songs The vocals on the verse sound eerily similar to Maynard James Keenan. It’s kind of funny when the chorus comes in because the tip of the hat to Tool seems to have completely relinquished.
Next up is a speed metal type song entitled “Sold Down The River.” This is a solid, fun song full of some impressive guitar fills and fast-paced drumming; definitely one to get your energy levels up. “A.S.P.D.” contains more metal mayhem while “Jessabelle” is a catchy, goth-inspired song. The close with “Closure” which actually has a bit of an ‘80s ballad rock vibe.
The 33rd Parallel certainly will be enjoyed by those who can appreciate some of the rock and metals that came around a good twenty or thirty years ago. Get on board the train.
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