Country: Belgium
Title: Codex Tenebris
Label: Cursed Monk Records
Year: 2019
Style: Blackened Sludge Doom Metal

The band was founded in 2014 and immediately they started releasing stuff; with 2 EPs in 2015 and 2 full-length albums in 2016 Oldd Wvrms seemed like a highly productive band when it comes to discography, but here we are three years later and the followup is released only now. Well, better late than never and to be frank three years distance is a normal time between full-length albums, maybe in the meantime they supported their music on live gig, too. 5 long tracks (54 minutes of playing time) are part of this new album, an instrumental material (guitars, bass and drums only) the combines Sludge, Doom and Post Metal all with a blackened, occult atmosphere around it, hence the occult cover artwork and album / track titles, all blend well together into offering an enjoyable, meditative at times, oppressive at others, organic release fans of the genre will certainly appreciate. I'm not a fan of instrumental music, but I've already played this three times and I'm not bored at all, on the contrary, there are some riffs that stuck to my head, I keep humming them, which means this is good stuff from a good band. Try it out, it's available on Bandcamp for streaming, too, the CD is out in Digipak format limited to only 100 copies, so hurry up. Out of curiosity I've checked out their previous albums and I can say they sounded very good with vocals, too, but this new album has a better production, although the genre hasn't changed.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10