Wormrot

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Wormrot
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Live on 9/28/2010 in Raleigh, NC
Background information
Origin Singapore
Genres Grindcore
Years active2007–2012, 2013–present
Labels Earache
Website www.facebook.com/wormrot
MembersArif Rot
Rasyid Juraimi
Vijesh Ghariwala
Past membersIbrahim
Fitri
Rashid Said
Halim Yusof

Wormrot is a Singaporean grindcore band formed in 2007, immediately after the founding members had completed their mandatory two years of national service. [1] The band have released three full-length studio albums to date, as well as a number of EPs and split releases with other bands. Their latest full-length album Voices was released on October 14, 2016 through Earache Records. They have been described as one of the top 10 grindcore bands by OC Weekly, and have toured Europe, and the United States. [2] In 2017, they became the first Singaporean act to ever play at the prestigious Glastonbury Festival. [3]

Grindcore is an extreme fusion genre of heavy metal and hardcore punk that originated in the mid-1980s, drawing inspiration from abrasive-sounding musical styles, such as thrashcore, crust punk, hardcore punk, extreme metal, and industrial. Grindcore is characterized by a noise-filled sound that uses heavily distorted, down-tuned guitars, grinding overdriven bass, high speed tempo, blast beats, and vocals which consist of growls and high-pitched shrieks. Early groups like Napalm Death are credited with laying the groundwork for the style. It is most prevalent today in North America and Europe, with popular contributors such as Brutal Truth and Nasum. Lyrical themes range from a primary focus on social and political concerns, to gory subject matter and black humor.

National Service (NS) is the national policy in Singapore mandated by statutory law that requires all male Singaporean citizens and second-generation permanent residents to serve a period of compulsory service in the uniformed services. It was first instituted in 1967 to help build Singapore's military forces soon after its independence, and has since been expanded to involve the police and civil defence force as well.

Earache Records is an independent record label, music publisher and management company founded by Digby Pearson, based in Nottingham, England with offices in London and New York. It helped to pioneer extreme metal by releasing early grindcore and death metal records between 1988 and 1994. The label roster has since diversified into more mainstream guitar music, working with bands such as Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement, Blackberry Smoke and The White Buffalo. The company also hosted the 'Earache Express' stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2017 and will be hosting 'The Earache Factory' at Boomtown Fair 2018.

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History

The band was discovered in late December 2009 by Digby Pearson, the owner of record label Earache, in a mixtape posted on the Invisible Oranges blog. [4] After hearing the song "Born Stupid" on the compilation, Pearson searched out and downloaded Wormrot's full-length debut, Abuse, from file-sharing site MediaFire. [5] [6] Pearson was impressed with the album's quality and the band's "ambition, hard work ethic, and willingness to put [its home country] and Asian grindcore in the global map." [7] Pearson approached the band on their Myspace page, asking if they were interested in joining Earache's roster. [8] The band signed a recording contract with Earache in late January 2010. [7] [9]

Digby Pearson, also known as "Dig," is a British musician, producer, and businessman. He is the founder of independent record label Earache Records.

Mixtape compilation of songs recorded onto any audio format

A mixtape is a compilation of music, typically from multiple sources, record onto a medium. With origins in the 1980s, the term normally describes a homemade compilation of music onto a cassette tape, CD, or digital playlist. The songs are either ordered sequentially or made into a continuous program by beatmatching the songs and creating seamless transitions at their beginnings and endings with fades or abrupt edits. Essayist Geoffrey O'Brien described this definition of the mixtape as "perhaps the most widely practiced American art form".

MediaFire

MediaFire is a file hosting, file synchronization, and cloud storage service based in Shenandoah, Texas, United States. Founded in June 2006 by Derek Labian and Tom Langridge, the company provides client software for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, BlackBerry 10, and web browsers. MediaFire has 43 million registered users and attracted 1.3 billion unique visitors to its domain in 2012.

Earache reissued Abuse in Europe on 13 April 2010 and in the United States on 8 June 2010. [10] [11] To promote the album's reissue, Wormrot toured Europe between late April and June 2010 and USA between mid August and September 2010. [12]

Their second studio album, Dirge , was released on 3 May 2011 through Earache Records. The album received positive reviews from AllMusic writer Phil Freeman and other critics. [13] The band released an EP titled 'Noise' digitally through Scion AV on 20 September 2011. The EP was distributed as a download for free. [14]

<i>Dirge</i> (album) album by Wormrot

Dirge is the second studio album by Singaporean grindcore band Wormrot. It was released on 3 May 2011 by Earache Records. The digital version of the album was released for free download in prior due to an online leak.

AllMusic online music database

AllMusic is an online music database. It catalogs more than 3 million album entries and 30 million tracks, as well as information on musical artists and bands. It launched in 1991, predating the World Wide Web.

Wormrot went on an extended US tour in early March and April 2011 and a European tour in August–September 2011. In January 2012, they had toured Indonesia and their last European tour was in June–July 2012. [15] In a summer 2012 interview, the band commented that they would be taking a three-to-four-year break, during which they would continue writing material for another album. [16]

On April 6, 2015 the band announced that Fitri had been removed from the band by Arif and Rasyid. The current status of Fitri is unknown, with the band writing that "For the past couple of weeks, he has distanced himself from us and has remained incontactable [sic]. We fear that he has gotten himself into some shit too deep, he’s not comfortable to share with us. If any of his friends who are reading this have any news regarding Fitri, let him know that we’re waiting for any kind of reply. Any." [17] In June 2015 the band announced that they had recruited a new drummer, Vijesh Ghariwala, and would be continuing work on recording their third full-length album. [18]

On 20 July 2016 the band's third studio album 'Voices' was revealed with an album trailer featuring a new song titled 'Fallen Into Disuse'. The band later recorded a music video for this song in support of the album's release. [19] According to Arif, the song is about "unconscious abandonment from reality. Desperately trying to be accepted into the norm. At the very least. Failed miserably." Other songs including were also premiered in advance of the album's release, and the album was made available to stream in full on Noisey on October 13. [20] [21] Voices was released on October 14, 2016 through Earache Records.

Current members

Former members

Discography

Studio albums
EPs
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Compilations

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