ULTHA – The Inextricable Wandering

Label: Century Media    Release: October 5,  2018

Well, I am not quite a fan or expert when it comes to Black Metal but occasionally I stumble over something interesting… However, Ultha from Cologne and their third album The Inextricable Wandering  did not quite turn out “love at the first note”. First I found the sound, a mixture of Doom and Black Metal, the bombastic-sinister Norwegian kind, quite appealing but too much reverb on the voice, taking away part of this Primordial intensity of the performance. But then those icy-metallic riffs, those brutal blast beats – a kind of hypnotic effect that captures you somehow, dragging you along into a black hole and into another dimension – and suddenly those reverb effects seem quite suitable.

Brutal, bombastic and merciless – in the spirit of Mayhem or Satyricon when it comes to the first songs. But then you end up in space with “There Is No Love, High Up In The Gallows” which could be the soundtrack of a SF Space Opera. No lack of variety on this album  – We Only Speak in Darkness surprises with Electro-Pop attitude – almost cheerful amidst all those sinister BM attacks. And finally a brutal-hysterical-intense-aggressive BM symphony I’m Afraid To Follow You There – epic and in itself proving the skills of this band. I am definitely impressed!

Therefore: Check out this album – or watch this band live on stage, as they are on tour right now (details below)

ULTHA are:
Ralph Schmidt – Guitars/Vocals
Andy Rosczyk – Electronics
Manuel Schaub – Drums
Chris Noir – Bass/Vocals

19.10.2018 – Gent (BE) – Asgaard
20.10.2018 – Bremen (DE) – Zollkantine
21.10.2018 – Erfurt (DE) – From Hell
22.10.2018 – Vienna (AT) – Viper Room
23.10.2018 – Graz (AT) – Club Q
25.10.2018 – Zagreb (HR) – AKC Attack
26.10.2018 – Winterthur (CH) – Gaswerk
27.10.2018 – Esslingen (DE) – Komma
07.12.2018 – Glauchau (DE) – Alte Spinnerei (X-Mass in Hell Fest)
08.12.2018 – Köln (DE) – Gebäude 9 (Unholy Passion Fest)
14.12.2018 – Dortmund (DE) – Junkyard (Tombstoned Fest)

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