As funeral doom goes, there is something rather different about German filth-mongers Worship. You’ve got the downright crushing slow heavyness. You’ve got the oppressive vocals. You’ve got the riffs with intent to destroy. And then… there’s something underneath it all, something fleeting that to me sends the mind in the direction of French singer-songwriter tradition (like Jacque Brel, for instance), a lingering melancholic regret perhaps.
Apart from that, Worship‘s music contains hugely dramatic and cinematic scope, and oftentimes seems like being on an escalator towards assured doom, or being in a dreamstate, participating in a Cronenberg film, knowing full well the impending despair, yet completely unable to steer matters away from this.
In essence, the extra ‘o’ in the album-title of their 2007 album Dooom is neither an oversight or a failed attempt at being smart. It simply is, adding to the already immense weight.
Worship‘s doom is mortally efficient yet never boring, and they show through their work exactly how much desolation AND beauty can be extracted from the mortal coil of existence – and at least from my perspective, you leave their music in a heightened state.
Worship will be performing debut album Last Tape Before Doomsday in its entirety at 013 venue on Saturday, 21 April. It’s been nice knowing you all.
WORSHIP, founded in 1998, is one of the best known underground funeral doom bands. Originally formed by “Fucked Up Mad” Max Varnier from France and Daniel “The Doommonger” from Germany, WORSHIP entered the scene with their 1999 “Last Tape Before Doomsday”. After Max’s tragic suicide in 2001, WORSHIP was put on hold.
Whispering Gloom, Live at Dutch Doom Days, October 2012
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