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Urza - The Omnipresence of Loss

The Omnipresence of Loss
by Kyle Scott at 24 April 2019, 1:23 PM

Funeral Death and Doom Metal always make for a rock steady marriage. Funeral Death's Earth-rumbling vocal styles match Doom's cavernous bass, seamlessly. Doom's iconic molasses tempos pair wonderfully with Funeral Death's lyrics of heartless destruction of man. The two are more than meant for each other. One such successful marriage story is URZA. Hailing from Berlin, an area not known for many Doom bands, URZA has been active for four years. The Omnipresence of Loss is their debut. Like an Eldritch horror version of SUMAC, URZA crawls around the deep where the air is thin, their many eyes, blind and clouded over blink in unison as it crawls through mud in search of cave insects.

Frontman Thomas' booming vocal presence is felt deep in your ribcage as he bellows like the blind cave monster. Like GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR and HARIKARI FOR THE SKY, tracks stretch and sprawl like so many deserted open roads, perfect for self-reflection and listening to your own troubled thoughts bounce and reverberate off the walls of your skull as you stew in your own feelings of complete isolation. There are moments of uncertain fear as the mud-dwelling cave creature grumbles, snuffling around in the filth for that elusive scent of flesh with the appetizing stench of terror on it.

URZA is all about domination; guitars and vocals buzzing alongside crashing cymbals and plodding snares, all sounds conspiring into a sonic machine built to run you down. Like a towering combine harvester; maybe several. "A History of Ghosts" is complete with moans of the anguishing damned as well as the snarls of the demons torturing them. "Path of Tombs" is ghoulishly heavy with the weight of fifty stone sarcophagi bearing down on your soul.

URZA is a vacuum of light and in its darkness lie swarms of blood-thirsty parasites.

Songwriting: 10
Originality: 7
Memorability: 7
Production: 10

4 Star Rating

1. Lost In Decline
2. A History of Ghosts
3. Path of Tombs
4. From the Vaults to Extermination
5. Demystifying the Blackness
Marc Leclerc - Bass
Hannes - Drums
Oliver Schreyer - Guitar
Marcus - Guitars
Thomas - Vocals
Record Label: Solitude Productions


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