Sunday Done-day: Worship’s Long-Awaited Terranean Wake Out This Wknd!
In a year of long-awaited returns (new GY!BE and Wintersun y’all), German funeral doom quartet Worship is set to break a lengthy hiatus this month with their third record. Its title is Terranean Wake, which is both stereotypical doom and less silly than 2004’s Dooom and the 1999 demo Last CD/Tape/Vinyl Before Doomsday (it doesn’t have the word “doom” in it!). Divided into four numbered segments as opposed to individual songs, Wake includes the longest Worship track ever at more than 17 minutes. Then again, that’s all to be expected from metal guys named “The Doommonger” and “Satachrist.” It’s Worship’s little Tarantino-ism: if accompanied by genius, pretension can be forgiven. Easily.
And Terranean Wake is one of those albums that almost didn’t get made: Founding drummer/vocalist Fucked-Up Mad Max jumped to his death in 2001, an event that still places a heavy emotional strain on the band according to posts on their Facebook. Along with returning guitarist Satachrist and last original member The Doommonger, Wake also marks the studio debut of Doomnike (bass) and Gravedrummer (drums). It’s a combination of events that might break a band, but could really make a band like Worship.