WORM OUROBOROS - What Graceless Dawn 2LP
Received a 7.5 rating from Pitchfork. With their third album What Graceless Dawn, Oakland’s Worm Ouroboros bring into existence their deepest and most moving work yet. On the follow-up to the band’s sophomore release, 2012’s Come The Thaw, bassist/vocalist Lorraine Rath (ex-The Gault / Amber Asylum), guitarist/vocalist Jessica Way (Barren Harvest), and drummer Aesop Dekker (Vhol, ex-Agalloch / Ludicra) take the band’s sound to a new level of sophistication through their amalgam of morose 4AD-esque doom, introspective death rock, dark ambient, and enchanting chamber goth. Replete with obsessive bass lines, ambient guitar layers and overtones, the alluring vocal inter-twinings between Rath and Way, and Dekker’s subtle yet procession-like percussion, this sonic vision of tragedy and despair brings the curtain down on the year with one of the most crippling and gut-wrenching releases in the realm.