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Former Worlds : Photos Of Eve IX​-​XVI

An engrossing and intelligent cinematic trip through 'sci-fi Sludge': Former Worlds debut EP.

'Photos of Eve IX - XVI' by Minnesota's Former Worlds is the aural equivalent of a slightly disturbing yet thoroughly absorbing, short independent film. It's not the soundtrack to one but it kind of conjures the film up in the minds eye as the music progresses. In black and white, obviously. This EP, their debut release, comes as a single, 17 minute track which bed-hops from various genres such as Noise and Doom, to Sludge and Post-Metal as well as throwing in some clever atmospherics into the bargain. This is not regular Doom. But it is very good.

Featuring JJ Anselmi, who was previously a member of In The Company Of Serpents, the music of Former Worlds shares a little of the progressiveness and experimentalism of that unit, but owes a fair bit more to the likes of Thou, whose own painful and darkened ambience one is reminded of more than once. The general feel here is one of diversity in style, yet somewhat paradoxically the EP's sonic twists and turns all boast a uniform objective in expressing an existential bleakness and desolate circumstance. Given their self-confessed "sci-fi" Sludge label, I suspect you could throw in the word dystopian too, and not be too far off the mark.

I'm struggling to think of a single track EP that I can recall as being as engrossing and also as intelligent a release as this one blatantly is. People are seemingly all too often put off the realms of Sludge and Post-Metal because of its tendency to appear bullish and clumsy, with it's caveman aesthetics and Hardcore shouting. Former Worlds turn all that on it's hirsute head, stretching each of those particular genre tags to their limits as well as providing some soulful resonance where there can admittedly often be heartless bludgeoning, and intrigue where one might usually find an all too obvious message. A thoughtfully embossed sleeve design and hand-numbered limited package just adds to its charm. Time to go and amend that end of year 'best of' list.

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Reviewer's rating: 9/10


Tracklist :
1. Photos of Eve IX - XVI

Duration : Approx. 18 minutes

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Reviewed on 2017-10-07 by Matt Halsey
Thermal Mass
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