WHARFLURCH “Shitslime” Mini CD (Personal Records 2021)
Formed in the swampy summer of 2019, Wharflurch is the bastard brain excrement of two Floridian heathens (who also do time in D-beat death-mongers Hot Graves) who desired to made the world a more drippy, disgusting place for human scum to writhe in. Thus, a death metal sound influenced by the horrific doom found in uncharted areas of space and the malaise of swamp madness was envisioned, and mind-crushing riffs and concepts were conjured.
Recording began in mid-2019, with MC handling all instrumental duties, while JM (normally behind a drum kit in all previous bands) took on the vocal attack. Primitive demos were tracked, and the four-song Demo 2019 was unleashed digitally. Even with nearly zero promotion, the response was eerily enthusiastic among comrades of the band. Still wishing to refine and strengthen the sound without losing the bizarre atmospherics, writing began for a new demo recording process that would bring the horror even more into focus. In early 2020, the recording began for Lurking Doom, the first official EP from Wharflurch, which finds the depths of cosmic death worship even deeper and more obscure than before.
Wharflurch then assembled a live lineup, just in time for Covid-19 to relieve us the burden ov enjoying live music. Writing and rehearsing went frantically, and by the end ov summer, Shitslime was recorded and released digitally and now will finally be released on CD by Personal Records. Like light-speed slime malformed into song, or more malodorous basements found below those of subterranean death metal, Shitslime lives up to its lively namesake, and then some: Wharflurch's command of ripe, rotten riff and tension-inducing texture are enviously advanced for a band so new. Which is to say nothing of the utterly sweltering production across Shitslime, totally live and loose(st)...and this is merely the beginning of a tale too gruesome and gargantuan to contemplate.
After some lineup changes, the 'Lurch is now in the midst ov full-length recording and many upcoming splits. Their debut album will also be ready this year via Personal Records on CD format. That "tale too gruesome and gargantuan to contemplate" shall be read soon - you've been warned!