If timing is everything then these guys picked a phenomenal time to release this gem. Their blend of djenty rhythmic patterns, deathcore breakdown sound and their ability to nail the drum/guitar speed tempos like Fear Factory just sat so well with me. Bermuda’s “The Wandering” is an ultra heavy album, the sound is just massive and the production is incredible. While yes the music may be generic, it stuck out with me. Just like Vildhjarta in a way with their latest release, The Wandering had a sound that has been copied thousands of times before but has these little quirks and things about it that makes it stand out. Also, it’s not monotonous throughout the entire album. Mixing it up between said styles keeps things interesting. Vocals are done very well and the band itself produces such a powerful sound.
The Wandering just came in and won me over immediately. It’s fun, heavy, entertaining and sounds amazing turned way up. The only thing I didn’t care for on the entire album was the singing on the song “Sachael“, even though the vocals weren’t bad at all…I felt like they just didn’t fit. Speaking of vocals, Corey’s range isn’t wide at all. Yet, his style is so good that hearing the same tone throughout the album didn’t bother me. Sometimes amongst the heaviness of the album, we get this mellow progressive stuff that is done very very well (i.e. the song “Lagrange Pointe“) and it’s a nice little breather in between the chaotic songs.
I think overall the album isn’t original or groundbreaking but it sounds really good. Each song is good and with very little negative things happening, I think that Bermuda’s release is a damn solid one. I enjoyed “The Wandering” and would recommend this album to anyone who enjoys some decent heavy music.
Pros: Heavy album is heavy, production is clear, music sounds good, vocals are brutal
Cons: Derivative, trendy, may bore those who aren’t into deathcore/djent