Sound: The only consistent thing abut Zyklon is their inconsistency and World ov Worms is inconsistent and so are the remaining two albums. You will often hear very complex riffs(at moments reaching the technical/brutal death metal level) and then faceless industrial bridges which almost instantaneously kill the fluidity of the album. So at one moment Zyklon are in the very depths of mediocrity and at the next they are playing some of the most chaotic riffs you ever heard, however that's not the whole story.The industrial element is mostly limited to the bridges and interludes and it serves a purpose, it counters the blasphemous chaos Zyklon create when they fuse death and black metal into a frenzy of tremolo picking, both palm muted and open, gallops, harmonics and loads of blast beats and just brutal double bass drumming.The tempos are quite diverse ranging from the 200 bpm and above mark to slower, groovier sections. If Zyklon was a young band then the fact that the album is all over the place could be ignored but the members are all very experienced and well know in the Norwegian metal scene. // 8
Lyrics: Zyklon's dystopian themes are actually well delivered since the vocals are also afflicted by the inconsistency of the overall sound. The vocalist, Daemon, uses an array of vocals styles, there are low growls, mid and high growls and mid range shrieks, there is even some clean vocals. The chaos begins when all of the above mentioned vocals are used more or less instantaneously, this is interesting but only for the first time you hear it, after that it quickly losses its charm. // 7
Overall Impression: There a definite feel that full attention was not given to all songs, for example "Deduced to Overkil" sounds more like a demo, the performance is great but there just is no feel to it.
So should you skip Zyklon and World ov Worms? Well if you are looking for something along the lines of Behemoth's Satanica, then yes. If not you might find Zyklon's chaotic sound to be very interesting.I usually don't like long songs but "Hammer Revelation","Chaos Deathcult" and "Transcendental War-Battle Between Gods" which are around the six minute mark are most "complete" songs on the album. // 7