RINGWORM

Crossover Thrash • United States
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Ringworm is a crossover band from Cleveland, Ohio,USA.

The band started under the moniker Force of Habit and had one song on the 'Voice of Thousands' compilation album, released by Conversion Records in 1990/91. Soon there after the band changed the name to Ringworm. Human Furnace also plays for his side project, Holy Ghost, Chris Dora is a member of Death/Thrash Metal band Soulless and John Comprix plays for Power/Heavy Metal band Beyond Fear.

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RINGWORM The Promise album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Promise
Crossover Thrash 1993
RINGWORM Birth Is Pain album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Birth Is Pain
Crossover Thrash 2001
RINGWORM Justice Replaced by Revenge album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Justice Replaced by Revenge
Crossover Thrash 2005
RINGWORM The Venomous Grand Design - Canto IX album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Venomous Grand Design - Canto IX
Crossover Thrash 2007
RINGWORM Scars album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Scars
Crossover Thrash 2011
RINGWORM Hammer of the Witch album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Hammer of the Witch
Crossover Thrash 2014
RINGWORM Snake Church album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Snake Church
Crossover Thrash 2016

RINGWORM EPs & splits

RINGWORM Ringworm / Boiling Point album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ringworm / Boiling Point
Crossover Thrash 1994
RINGWORM Hollowed Soul album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hollowed Soul
Crossover Thrash 2000
RINGWORM Ringworm / Cold as Life album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ringworm / Cold as Life
Crossover Thrash 2001
RINGWORM Splitseveninch album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Splitseveninch
Crossover Thrash 2003
RINGWORM The Show That Ends The World album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Show That Ends The World
Crossover Thrash 2011
RINGWORM Your Soul Belongs To Us... album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Your Soul Belongs To Us...
Crossover Thrash 2011
RINGWORM Bleed album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bleed
Crossover Thrash 2013
RINGWORM Ringworm / Early Graves album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ringworm / Early Graves
Crossover Thrash 2016
RINGWORM Ringworm / Child Bite album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ringworm / Child Bite
Crossover Thrash 2019

RINGWORM live albums

RINGWORM demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

RINGWORM Demo 1991 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo 1991
Crossover Thrash 1991
RINGWORM Ringworm album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ringworm
Crossover Thrash 1995
RINGWORM Madness of War album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Madness of War
Crossover Thrash 1999
RINGWORM Demo 2005 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo 2005
Crossover Thrash 2005

RINGWORM re-issues & compilations

RINGWORM Flatline album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Flatline
Crossover Thrash 1995
RINGWORM Stigmatas in the Flesh album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stigmatas in the Flesh
Crossover Thrash 2012

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RINGWORM Reviews

RINGWORM Snake Church

Album · 2016 · Crossover Thrash
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"Snake Church" is the 7th full-length studio album by US, Ohio based thrash/hardcore act Ringworm. The album was released through Relapse Records in July 2016. It´s the successor to "Hammer of the Witch" from 2014. There have been two lineup changes since the predecessor as drummer Danny Zink has been replaced by Ryan Steigerwald and guitarist John Comprix has been replaced by Mark Witherspoon.

Stylistically the material on "Snake Church" pretty much continues down the same thrash/hardcore road as the material on "Hammer of the Witch (2014)", although several of the tracks lean a bit more towards hardcore than the case was on the predecessor. "Snake Church" is in fact an album which is hard to label correctly, because sometimes it´s almost pure hardcore with D-beat drumming and fast hardcore punk riffing, and other times we´re treated to Slayer type thrash metal riffing and thrash metal oriented rhythm work. The vocals are in the screaming hardcore camp though, and although they are well performed and James "Human Furnace" Bulloch has a raw and passionate delivery, the vocals do feel a bit one-dimensional after a few tracks.

The material is generally well written and actually a bit more varied than what initial listens might suggest. While the music is one-dimensionally aggressive all the way through the album´s playing time, Ringworm do change pace a couple of times (from predominantly fast-paced to heavy), and there are even a few melodic guitar moments featured on the album too (very few). It is in the variation department the band could improve though and some of the tracks could have been a bit more hook laden and thereby a bit more memorable too.

When that is said "Snake Church" is still a high quality release by Ringworm. The album features a top notch sound production, strong musiciansip, and the band obviously understand how to write a powerful thrash/hardcore tune. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

RINGWORM Snake Church

Album · 2016 · Crossover Thrash
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Genre: crossover

"Snake Church" is the latest offering from the crossover band Ringworm. This being their seventh full-length effort (in addition to countless underground releases) from a band that was formed in 1991, one might expect to hear inklings of fatigue on the album.

Well, if that's what you expect, you're wrong. From beginning to end "Snake Curch" is an onslaught of aggressive and angry crossover thrash which - to my ears - leans a bit more to the hardcore side than to the thrash side. The listener is bombarded with uptempo simple, but effective, guitar riffs accompanied by fast drums and a crunchy bass. The barrages of aggressive speed are punctuated by well-timed heavy hardcore-style breakdowns which re as moshing-inviting as anything can be.

The production is pretty good, with the guitars being crunchy, yet well-defined, and the drums packing a wallop (in particular the bass drum is like a kick in the guts). The songs themselves are relatively short but still long enough that the listener can get into the groove. Admittedly, there is not too much variation on the album, and the angrily yelled vocals do not add much melody either (the guitar solos are very melodic though). Then again, that's not the point of this album. This album is all about aggression and energy. And, in that department, it delivers.

While probably not something that appeals to all metalheads, those of you who like hardcore and crossover thrash should find this a very enjoyable listen.

RINGWORM Hammer of the Witch

Album · 2014 · Crossover Thrash
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"Hammer of the Witch" is the 6th full-length studio album by US, Cleveland, Ohio based crossover/thrash metal act Ringworm. The album was released through Relapse Records in March 2014. Ringworm was founded in 1989 and was initially active until 1994 when they disbanded. They released their debut full-length studio album "The Promise" in 1993. Ringworm reunited in 2001 and has been active since. Some of the members of the band have also been working with acts like Holy Ghost, Charred Walls of the Damned, Soulless, and Beyond Fear.

The music on "Hammer of the Witch" is thrash metal with a few nods toward hardcore. If I have to make a comparison I´d mention "rEVOLVEr (2004)" by The Haunted as a reference. They both share a heavy Slayer influence, but also a hardcore oriented singing style. The music on the album is relentlessly aggressive, powerful, raw, and energetic. It´s impossible to sit still while listening to "Hammer of the Witch" as it constantly invites to a violent mosh. It´s not primitive by any means though, and the material is well written and relatively catchy. I say relatively because there could have been a bit more variation between tracks, and not all tracks on the 13 track, 41:12 minutes long album are equally memorable. The raw and shouting singing style is probably a bit of an aquired taste too, and it does become a bit one-dimensional a couple of tracks into the album.

"Hammer of the Witch" features a very well sounding production. It´s raw and organic, and very powerful, with good room for the bass, which provides the music with a great heavy sound.

Considering all factors and elements of this release, "Hammer of the Witch" is a great album by Ringworm. I think it could have benefitted from more variation (especially in the vocal department), but other than that there are few issues if you enjoy raw and aggressive yet very well produced thrash metal with a hardcore edge. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

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