Wormrot - Hiss
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Based on 6 reviews
2022 Ratings: #3 / 490
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Based on 427 ratings
2022 Ratings: #46
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Metal Injection

The album may take a number of steps towards and into left field, but nothing is done with the sort of pretentious extravagance that leads to clock watching or should alienate those wanting to hear the band tear skin from bone.

New Noise

It’s extreme, cranked to the max with more than a few unstable moments of utter mayhem. They’ve injected this album with every ounce of venom they could muster.

Distorted Sound

The band have once again raised their game and have released arguably their finest work to date, yet there is the overwhelming sadness and anxiety that this may be the end of something great.


There are plenty of straight-ahead blasts across the 21 tracks on offer here, but even then Wormrot sound distinctive. The sound on Hiss is crisp and clear, sparkling with energy and letting the individual instruments stand out.

The Needle Drop
Obvious contender for grindcore album of the year.

Hiss, in short, is some of the most entertaining, diverse, and immersive Grindcore metal I have ever heard.

The genre blends are seamless. The vocals change up frequently enough to keep it fresh. The sound is catchy. The entire album feels truly brilliant.



Wormrot are one of my favorite grindcore bands. I haven't done a comprehensive ranking in a long time, but just based on Voices alone, I would've easily slotted them somewhere in my top 10 alongside bands like The Locust, Rotten Sound, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Terrorizer, Pig Destroyer, Cattle Decapitation, and I guess Anaal Nathrakh if you consider them grind but I usually categorize them as primarily black metal despite the notable grind influence. They're simply one of the most ... read more


I love that this starts and ends with a long moment of silence, it's almost like they expect you to forget that the album is on so they can come back to smash your face in with 30 minutes of sheer grindcore brilliance; Wormrot takes no prisoners on this one. The instrumentals are a non-stop onslaught of brutality, topped with bloodthirsty vocals whose style is ever-changing as the album goes on. Hiss is one of the nastiest sounding albums of the year so far, assuredly so.


‘Hiss’ is a thrashing, piercing, and relentless record from Wormrot. Having 21 tracks across 32 minutes allows for a scattershot of ideas to be put on display, but the brevity of some make the pacing inconsistent. However, this is clearly intentional, as their sound is constantly evolving across a dynamic range of intense sounds, all of which are engaging without ever allowing for a dull moment. The cheeky silence at the beginning and end of the record are perfect end-caps to the ... read more


i guess im just not cool enough to get this


I felt like my ears were being punished for existing. I've enjoyed some heavy albums in my time, but this one truly tested my patience and I just flat out hated it. It felt way too samey that I couldn't latch on to most of the songs, unfortunately.
Guess Grindcore is not my thing.

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Added on: March 17, 2022