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Album Review

Worm Ouroboros (the name refers to a mythological snake that encircles the world, eating its own tail) are a San Francisco-based trio composed of bassist/flutist/vocalist Lorraine Rath, guitarist/vocalist Jessica Way, and drummer Justin Green. The music they make is avant-garde psychedelic metal that incorporates influences from folk, classical, and doom, as well as the work of female artists and female-led groups including Jarboe and Amber Asylum. It rarely gets truly heavy, save in the latter half of nine-plus-minute tracks like "Winter," "Riverbed," and "Pearls" — most of the time, the throbbing bass underpins delicate guitar melodies and ultra-clean vocals. But the pretty stuff is plenty pretty enough to be worthwhile on its own, not just as the lead-in to the rockin' stuff. Listeners will undoubtedly find it quite pleasurable to drift along with the gentle female voices and guitar like water dripping from the roof of a chilly yet surprisingly well-lit cave, without tapping an angry foot and muttering, "Will they just step on the distortion pedal already?!?" If your favorite Black Sabbath song is "Planet Caravan," wow, is this ever your album.

Customer Reviews

Weird... a good way. Very interesting. I haven't actually bought the album, only listened to the samples. There's seems to only be occasional singing, and a lot of really atmospheric, awesomely weird music, if you can call it that.

Do yourself a favor and check out the samples. It probably won't appeal to you, but it just might.

i actually have the album

unlike the first reviewer. samples don't do this type of music justice. samples are for those with no attention span and think that if a song doesn't do it in the first thirty seconds, then move along. this is well written, atmospheric, heavy music. the metal is there, but broaden you're definition of heavy. this is pretty fricken good music - beautiful, heavy, dark, honest.

Worm is Awesome!

Worm Ouroboros was one of the opening bands for Grayceon at Bottom of the Hill in SF. The live show had a couple of issues (namely the bass was terribly over-miked and distorted) but the guitar playing was intriguing enough for me to buy the album. Mesmerizing is a good word...the review mentioning Amber Asylum is right on the money (without the cello, of course). I'm not sure how a trio can put together such a lovely, quiet, yet rocking at times album. They are much heavier live, and if they solved the problematic bass feedback, their show would have been fantastic.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Taking their name from the mythical self-devouring serpent symbolizing the cyclical nature of the universe, the Worm Ouroboros are comprised of Lorraine Rath (ex-Amber Asylum and the Gault) on bass and vocals, Jessica Way (ex-World Eater) on guitar and vocals, and Justin Green (ex-World Eater, Population Reduction) on drums. Beginning in 2007 and based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the trio developed an ethereal and atmospheric style mixing progressive,...
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