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Urza : The Omnipresence Of Loss

German band Urza deliver a solid debut album of Russian-style Funeral/Death/Doom.

Taking a lot of influence from the blueprint for Russian Funeral/Death Doom bands, Germany's Urza make it clear from the opening chords that their wish is to leave a massive footprint with their debut. The album is a pummeling effort dripping with dark and mournful riffs and your occasional heavily effected clean breaks, driven by the deep and guttural growls of the underworld.

If you're looking for a rough, sludgy and loose ensemble to create your evening's soundtrack then you have come to the wrong place. The mixing and production for an album in this genre is on point with a clear polish that in no way takes away or hinders the bleakness that the band is trying to create. Furthermore, the group on display is extremely tight, everything played having a direct and concrete purpose, crafting the ideal level of atmosphere across the five tracks on 'The Omnipresence of Loss'. The album also starts with a seventeen minute long track, so you should already have an idea of what you're getting yourself into.

Fans of the aforementioned glut of Russian Federation bands, as well as Evoken and Esoteric, should aim to contain this record amongst their collections during the 2019 season.

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Reviewer's rating: 8/10


Tracklist :
1. Lost In Decline
2. A History Of Ghosts
3. Path Of Tombs
4. From The Vaults To Extermination
5. Demystifying The Blackness

Duration : Approx. 61 minutes

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Reviewed on 2019-04-02 by Jon Carr
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