Wayfarer: World’s Blood (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland

This is the third full-length album from Denver-based Black Metal act Wayfarer. They definitely bring in other elements to their sound, creating something that is rough and raw, and removed from what one would expect to come out of the frozen North. I can see why this might well be appealing to some as there is plenty of energy and aggression, combined with a ferocity and passion that shows how much this means to them, but if they are going to become more well-known outside a small circle, then there are things that needs looking at. The first is the quality of the production: some bands within this genre feel that it is okay to try to recreate the feeling of early Darkthrone tapes, but that was more of a lack of funding as opposed to any real desire to sound bad. In 2018 that just doesn’t stack up as an excuse anymore. But, the larger issue is that three of the five songs here are more than ten minutes in length, and there just isn’t enough in terms of ideas to make them interesting for that long. The result is that I found myself switching off, and wondering what was up next. There is promise here, especially with the way that they refuse to stick solidly within the genre but try some more American influences as well, but one would hope that by the third album things would be more clear. By the way, the cover art is an antique photograph by Edward S. Curtis taken in Montana in 1908, but the music didn’t really live up to the promise that conveyed.

Rating: 6/10


Track list:
1. Animal Crown
2. On Horseback They Carried Thunder
3. The Crows Ahead Cry War
4. The Dreaming Plain
5. A Nation of Immigrants



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