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Line-up for this album: PD – b/v, MT - g, PMcC – d
Recorded & mixed at 'The Warzone Centre', Belfast + studio Glyn.
Engineered by Trues. Produced by Scald + Glyn.
Mastered by Stuart Anstis
All music Dempsey (except where otherwise stated),
All lyrics & Artwork by Paul McCarroll.
Artwork viewable at www.unhinged.me.uk
November 2003. Accursed and painfully long-awaited, sunless dawn of the new hexical coming, casting upon the black masses, nine self-released, unholy invocations of the spirits of avant garde, doom-encumbered, grey matter crushing, prog-grind. Evocation of WZC desk lords, Trues and Glyn initiated for a full albums worth of cerebrally apocalyptic hymns of discordance at seemingly eternal war with harmony.
Yes the album title spells it all out: a writhing, inflamed worm of psychosis that burns deep into the listeners mind. Off-time fuzztone bass build-ups uncomfortably push their way through flat-out harsh noise-metal choruses, and a high end cackles with vocal patterns that will have you feeling the insanity at large here, not just hearing it. Harsh, dark and brooding passages weave a thick web of depressing yet invigorating segments, all forming a stomach-turning aural beating.
I made the unfortunate mistake of listening to this without reading the biography accompanying this album. Ok, so I've been sent some sort of weird lame ambient concept album, atmospherics and odd background noises I thought to myself. Thanks a lot. I couldn't have been more wrong as I was lead into an immense assault of the brain, crazy grind madness with hints of doom that literally transformed my mind into a slimy pulp. Headworm? Headfuck more like! It's clear from the cover artwork, the impressive visuals on the CD-ROM and the first 7 minutes of listening that this whole package is something disturbing.
"Headworm" travels on distorted geometrical coordinates, painting un rational images and worlds where the terror and the terror are the main lines of inhabitants mind buildings... Nothing more to add: powerful, monolithic, real cold blood killers... help us! ...Strictly recommended! ... also recommended to labels that still didn't signed them in spite of such a great work!?! "
“It is quite possibly a crime, punishable by severe torture and eventually death, that Scald had to release Headworm, their first “proper” album, on their own label. With some of the absolute CRAP labels are pumping out these days, Scald should have the labels fighting over them.”
ULTIMATE METAL 9/10
“On every level of expression this cd excels whether it be lyrically, artistically or musically. This is a momentous album for Irish metal.” “This is extreme metal art, and few will have the balls for it”
“Headfuck, headmelt, I think headless would be a better word to describe the aural assault present on Irish extreme artists Scald’s latest release.”
“Who can compete with this war machine? I dare anyone to listen to this and not feel frightened or moved in some way, because with "Headworm" SCALD have created the ultimate head fuck album. How has this band still managed to remain unsigned? This is the most engaging, original and rewarding album I've heard this year so GO AND BUY THIS NOW!!!”
THE METAL OBSERVER 10/10
“I really hope Scald will find a proper label to release this masterpiece because their being still unsigned is such a shame. A Tank playing with psychedelia!”
HM PORTAL italy 93%
SCALD's full length debut Headworm represents this journey into darkness
ROYAL CARNAGE 8/10
Even those who do not like the album will probably agree that Headworm is truly intense – and unique.
BACK TO THE GRAVE 7.5/10
SHAPELESS ZINE 9/10
For more reviews see Scald review pages.