Boomkat Product Review:
Myrmidon is the seventh album from Virginian black metal auteur Wrnlrd, who continues to make some of the most dazzling and experimental material the genre could permit. The regulation fizz is present, but there's a genuine creepiness at work here too - going far beyond the often slightly silly schtick that tends to come with the territory. The groaning intro to 'Queen-Bridal' should be enough to keep you in scares all Hallowe'en long, quickly transitioning into an operatic slab of dark fuzz, complete with shrieking female vocals and terrorising dissonance. 'Moaner-Revelator' too is a thing of great menace and vision, laying down biting guitar riffs and pitched down vocals whilst putting the mix through the mangle a little with almost psychedelic tape loop-style modulations and jazzy rhythmic complexities. 'White Doll' closes the album with what sounds like dulcimer plucks, picking out a sprightly, if somewhat off-kilter melody while booming bass, Predator-like throaty snarls and hammering bass drums fill in the soundscape. Myrmidon is fierce when it needs to be, but there's a roaming free spirit to this record that transcends the more uncompromising, box-checking aspects of black metal. Recommended.