Today Buried Zine and Stay Free Recordings are releasing a limited-edition split by two bands who’ve made brutality a hallmark of their music, albeit in very different ways: the Spanish band Wormed and the deceased New York band Copremesis.
Buried Zine has explained that they selected these two bands and recordings for this collaboration “to celebrate the diversity and extremity of the brutal death metal scene, in both musical styles and conceptual approaches: Wormed‘s progressive brutality, extreme musical precision and galactic themes contrast to the base perversity of Copremesis’ raw and darkly humoured ultra brutal death metal”.
The split features two previously unreleased live recordings by both bands, pressed into 7-inch vinyl records of varying colors, and to help spread the word about the release we’re presenting premiere streams of one performance from the split by each band.
It’s probably a safe bet that Wormed need no introduction, but for those few of you who may have been living under a rock, we’ll borrow the words of our own Andy Synn from his review of the band’s most recent release, the 2019 Metaportal EP:
Wormed are, without a doubt, one of the more ridiculous acts in Metal. And I mean that entirely as a compliment. Despite conventional wisdom that “less is more” the Spanish quartet have made a career out of their seemingly endless pursuit of ludicrous excess, with practically every song (and album) attempting to be faster, heavier, and louder – more beats per minute, more notes per second, more babbling sci-fi nonsense – than the one before it.
At the same time, Andy praised Metaportal as evidence of a band who continue to challenge themselves and to evolve, though exactly where they may go next is anyone’s guess.
The A-side of this new split features two pro-recorded tracks, “Pseudo-Horizon” and “Computronium Pulsar Nanarchy“, from Wormed‘s hometown show at Sala Caracol, Madrid, in 2019, and it marks the first official live release from this now-legendary band.
The track we’re bringing to your ears today is the first of those. Until this writer eventually saw Wormed in a live performance, I wondered whether in a live setting they could achieve the kind of mind-boggling escapades rendered in their recordings, but what they did on stage banished those doubts. This track from the split has the same effect.
After a suitably unearthly and frightening intro segment, the band launch a breathtaking barrage of hyper-speed drumming, maniacal riffing, and grotesque vocal excretions. The tempos and patterns change on a dime, careening in seemingly reckless but surgically precise fashion, inflicting extreme physical trauma at the same time as they spin your brain around in a frantic centrifuge and leave it quivering in astonishment.
Active from 2001-2011, this New York City band only released one album before their demise, in addition to a handful of demos and splits, but it’s fair to say that their influence on brutal death metal far outweighed the volume of their recorded output. Their members have gone on such bands as Aeviterne, Animals Killing People, Miasmatic Necrosis, and Encenathrakh, all of whom are well worth your time — and so are the rare tracks on this new split.
The B-side of the split carries the last surviving recordings of Copremesis. It consists of two rehearsal recordings from 2009, one of them the title track from their only album, 2008’s Muay Thai Ladyboys, and one previously unreleased track, “Verb of the Noun“. It’s that title track we’re presenting today.
Both foul and ferocious, the music gurgles and roils like a vat of heated sewage, electrified by crazed, eye-popping drumwork and matched in its mutilating impact by a cacophony of rabid and disgusting vocals that themselves gurgle, scream, and roar. In its own way it’s as discombobulating as Wormed’s track — and no amount of showering will wash off this filth.
Buried Zine and Stay Free are releasing the split in a strictly limited, never to be re-pressed, edition of 200 7″ disks. They come in two color variants, “Slime Dimension Green” and “Fucked by Lava Red”.
They include a specially commissioned double-sided A1 poster with artwork created for both artists (see below). The Wormed illustration is by Phlegeton Art Studio, the mastermind of all of Wormed ED’s visual and conceptual design. The Copremesis side features a specially commissioned illustration from legendary mangaka Toshio Maeda, creator of Urotsukidōji (Legend of the Overfiend) and pioneer of Hentai and Tentacle Manga.
All this is available for purchase exclusevely through the Stay Free Recordings Bandcamp page: