Last updated
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
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.



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 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


Studio albums

Related Research Articles

Napalm Death British grindcore band

Napalm Death are a British extreme metal band formed in Meriden, West Midlands, England, in 1981. While none of its original members remain in the group since December 1986, the lineup of vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway, bassist Shane Embury, guitarist Mitch Harris and drummer Danny Herrera has remained consistent of the band's career since 1992's Utopia Banished, although, from 1989 to 2004, Napalm Death were a five-piece band after they added Jesse Pintado as the replacement of one-time guitarist Bill Steer; following Pintado's departure, the band reverted to a four-piece rather than replace him.

<i>Scum</i> (Napalm Death album) Napalm Deaths album

Scum is the debut studio album by English grindcore band Napalm Death. It was released on 1 July 1987 through Earache Records.

Anal Cunt American grindcore band

Anal Cunt, also known as AxCx and A.C., was an American grindcore band that formed in Newton, Massachusetts in 1988. From its inception, the band underwent a number of line-up changes. Known for its grindcore musical style and controversial lyrics, Anal Cunt released eight full-length studio albums in addition to a number of compilations and extended plays. Anal Cunt disbanded in 2011 after the group's founder and frontman, Seth Putnam, died of a suspected heart attack.

The Locust band

The Locust is an American grindcore band from San Diego, California, United States known for their unique mix of grind speed and aggression, complexity, and new wave weirdness.

Bolt Thrower English band

Bolt Thrower were a British death metal band from Coventry, England. They formed in 1986 and released their first album with Vinyl Solution in 1988. The band then shifted to a new record label, Earache Records, soon becoming one of the best selling bands on that label. Their last label was Metal Blade Records. The band had a succession of members, and had toured Europe, the United States, and Australia. Over the course of their 30-year career, Bolt Thrower released eight studio albums, three EPs, one live album, two compilation albums and two demos. On 14 September 2016 the band announced that they were breaking up, following the death of drummer Martin Kearns exactly a year earlier.

Brutal Truth American grindcore band from New York City

Brutal Truth was an American grindcore band from Rochester, New York, formed by ex-Anthrax, Nuclear Assault, and Stormtroopers of Death bass guitarist Dan Lilker in 1990. The group disbanded in 1999, but reformed in 2006 and continued to release music until 2014.

Extreme Noise Terror are a British extreme metal band formed in Ipswich in 1985 and one of the earliest and most influential grindcore bands, particularly in the crustgrind fusion genre. Noted for one of the earliest uses of dual vocalists in hardcore, and for recording a number of sessions for BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, the band started as crust punks and helped characterise the early, archetypal grindcore sound with highly political lyrics, fast guitars and tempos, and often very short songs.

<i>Realm of Chaos</i> (album) album by Bolt Thrower

Realm of Chaos: Slaves to Darkness is the second album by British death metal band Bolt Thrower. It was recorded at Loco studios in April 1989 and engineered by Tim Lewis. It was mixed at Slaughterhouse Studios in July 1989 and engineered by Colin Richardson. It is produced by Bolt Thrower and Digby Pearson. The cover artwork was produced by Games Workshop. The whole album is closely tied to Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 game background and Realm of Chaos: Slaves to Darkness was the title of a gaming book by Games Workshop released in 1988.

Shane Embury British musician

Shane Embury is a British bassist and, since 1987, a member of grindcore and death metal band Napalm Death.

You Suffer single

"You Suffer" is a song by the British grindcore band Napalm Death, from their debut album, Scum. It is precisely 1.316 seconds long. The song was written by Nicholas Bullen, Justin Broadrick, and Mick Harris during the March 1986 demo sessions for From Enslavement to Obliteration (1988), and is featured on the band's debut album, Scum (1987).

Gama Bomb is a thrash metal band based in Northern Ireland. Their 2009 album Tales from the Grave in Space was one of the first albums ever released as a completely free download while signed to a record label.

<i>Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses</i> album by Brutal Truth

Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses is the debut full-length album by American grindcore band Brutal Truth, released in September 1992 via Earache Records.

White Wizzard band

White Wizzard was an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2007. The band released one demo, one EP and four albums, Over the Top released in 2010, Flying Tigers released in 2011, The Devil's Cut released in 2013 and Infernal Overdrive released 2018. The end of the band was announced on Facebook by Jon Leon on April 24, 2018.

Oceano is an American deathcore band from Cook County, Illinois. Formed in 2006, the band signed to Earache Records and released their debut album, Depths on April 7, 2009. Their second album, Contagion was released on November 9, 2010. Their fourth album Ascendants was released March 23, 2015. Their most recent album Revelation was released on May 19, 2017. It was their first release with their new label, Sumerian Records.

Vektor (band)

Vektor is an American thrash metal band from Tempe, Arizona. The band was formed under the name Locrian around June 2003, but changed their name to Vektor in 2004.

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

Voices is the third full-length album by Singaporean grindcore band Wormrot. It was released on October 14, 2016 on Earache Records.


  1. Hoare, James (June 2010). "Wormrot feature". Terrorizer .
  2. Distefano, Alex (2014-03-04). "Top 10 Grindcore Bands". OC Weekly. Retrieved 2016-10-14.
  3. hermesauto (24 June 2017). "Singapore band Wormrot perform in a 'train' at Glastonbury".
  4. Smith, Zach (August 2010). "Grind! in the name of love". Decibel (70): 40. ISSN   1557-2137.
  5. O'Hagar, Sammy (13 April 2010). "Wormrot strive to be Singapore's chief export on Abuse". MetalSucks. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  6. Lee, Cosmo (22 February 2010). "Earache and Burzum album leak". Invisible Oranges. Retrieved 23 July 2010.
  7. 1 2 Pearson, Digby (31 January 2010). "How did Earache sign Wormrot?". Earache Records . Retrieved 11 July 2010.
  8. "Metal Horde SG interview with WORMROT" . Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  9. "Wormrot ink deal with Earache Records". BW&BK . 27 January 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2010.
  10. "Wormrot debut out now in Europe". BW&BK. 13 April 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2010.
  11. Pacheco, George. "Abuse review". About.com . Retrieved 11 July 2010.
  12. "Wormrot kick off European tour". BW&BK. 23 April 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2010.
  13. "Dirge – Wormrot | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-25.
  14. "Wormrot 'Noise' EP Release, Scion AV". Scion Audio Visual Blog. 2011-09-20. Retrieved 2016-07-25.
  15. "2012 European Tour Flyer".
  16. "Cardiff Interview 2012" . Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  17. "Wormrot Issue Wormupdate". MetalSucks. 2015-04-06. Retrieved 2016-10-14.
  18. "WORMROT Found A New Drummer! We're Getting A New Album! – Metal Injection". Metal Injection. 2015-06-12. Retrieved 2016-10-14.
  19. "Singaporean Grindcore Squad Wormrot Returns with "Fallen Into Disuse" – Noisey". noisey. Retrieved 2016-10-14.
  20. "Exclusive Track Premiere: "God's in His Heaven" by Wormrot". MetalSucks. 2016-10-10. Retrieved 2016-10-14.
  21. "Wormrot Returns to Grind Blockheads and Posers into Dust on 'Voices' – Noisey". noisey. Retrieved 2016-10-14.