METAL FOR YOUR GYM EAR: ZYKLON’S “WORLD OV WORMS”

We could review brand new albums here at Metal Made Fitness. And we will. But we also know that since we as a blog have not been around for very long, so you might have missed some great music before we came along. Let’s face it…if you’re here for metal reviews we have around 40 years of stuff we could go through. We’d be here forever reviewing albums we think you need to know about.

So instead, going with ones we know and love are a logical place to start. And people have asked “why in the fuck did you name your Kettlebell Samoth?” Well that is simple: Samoth is a badass. Who is Samoth? Unless you’ve been stuck in a closet listening to only metalcore the last two years and posting ridiculous comments on youtube battling 15 years olds, chances are you’re aware of Samoth’s influence on modern day black metal and his legacy with the mighty Emperor. But what came of Samoth after Emperor? His first stop was to kickstart a visionart project known as Zyklon. And what a debut “World Of Worms” was.

Released at a time where the world has already seen Fear Factory and Strapping Young Lad firmly plant themselves at the top of the industrial metal-tinged mountain top, the black metal influence with industrial music, though touched on before, was not put into much of a spotlight, saving bands like Aborym. Zyklon to me was really the first group in the quote-unquote black metal bracket to do some wonderful things with electronics and noise-drenched drums and sounds and make it work in the effective way bands like Strapping Young Lad, Ministry and Godflesh had before. But what made Zyklon’s first album stand out more than anything was the fact for all it’s speed, it knew when to pause, look you in the eye and then bring a slow motion apocalypse right to your doorstep. No, we’re not talking repetitive breakdown after breakdown. We’re talking about the airtight relationship between Samoth and Trym (Drums) on fusing razor sharp riffs “Chaos Deathcult” or the barbaric bludgeoning of “Storm Detonation”. Zyklon managed to created black metal for a futuristic world while still keeping together the influence of yesterday. Our pick for best track on the album is easily “Transcendental War – The Battle Between Gods” as the first section of the song is blazing and hell raising. It is though the second part that might be one of the most doom-ridden epic war anthems ever put on to tape. With Daemon’s down right evil vocal lines under Trickster G’s melodic vocals and chants, it’s an automatic classic.

Zyklon would release two more albums after this and a great live DVD, but we still feel this was this flagship and best album of the three. Without flaw, “World ov Worms” nailed it.

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