With Halloween lying just around the bend, Norwegian black metallers Uburen are set to release their second album, Frå døden fødes liv. Two years removed from their debut Withered Roots, this nine-track collection offers a take on pagan black metal that’s traditionally raw yet features a healthy dose underlying melodic elements. In anticipation of this release, “I Hail” is available for stream below.
As evidenced below, influences can be tied back to black metal pioneers Enslaved and Bathory, among others. While perhaps not replicating any specific genre directly, Uburen has created a unique intensity around their brand of black metal that simultaneously pays tribute to the genre’s beginnings. Given what we have heard so far, there is plenty to look forward to come Halloween.
Frå døden fødes liv will be available on October 31st through Via Nocturna and be purchased here. Additionally, the previously released track “I Become” is also available for streaming. For more information on Uburen, visit their official Facebook page.
Anyone complaining that there hasn’t been a great week for metal thus far in 2016 needs to go immediately and start over, but there won’t be any complaining after this week. Mostly due to Neurosis‘ highly anticipated eleventh full length Fires Within Fires finally seeing the light of day. But that’s not all; Fatalist are back with their insanely good Swedeath saturated The Bitter End, Predatory Light further their black metal chaos on Predatory Light, Trap Them punch you in the mouth with their fifth album Crown Feral while Witchskull breaks out the bluesy doom on The Vast Electric Dark. Switching gears a bit, Dysrhythmia bends time on their progressive instru-metal album The Veil Of Control — let the dissecting begin. And last but not least, Insomnium‘s epic fifth full length Winter’s Gate is a blast. As stated, its another stacked week here on Initial Descent and literally, there’s something for everyone. So hit that ‘continue reading’ link. Continue reading →
Hey, what do ya know, it’s that time of the week again. Aren’t we all excited? Now, I don’t want to say we all only live for the weekends, because that would imply almost 75% of our lives are spent waiting — which just sounds super depressing. But the reality is, for us jabronis in office jobs, the weekends are cherished. Looking beyond that, fun fact: I also felt kinda shitty this week, despite my regular intake of alcohol (because of?). For that reason, this weekend couldn’t come soon enough. I like infecting my office as much as the next person, but it’s just easier to waste away in peace. And it’s for this reason that I turned to two of my most reliable sources of enjoyment for this edition of Receiving the Evcharist. The Metal: Enslaved’s RIITIIR. The Booze: Knob Creek, Rye Whiskey. Continue reading →
For those that know me, you probably understand that I have my share of hobbies and interests. But really there are two aspects of my existence that make waking up each morning mildly tolerable. The first of these is metal. That should be obvious, hence why we are all here right now. But the second one is hiking, referring specifically to my wanders in the New Hampshire White Mountains… something I’ve been doing much of that over the past few weeks. So for the sake of projecting another part of my life unto you, while simultaneously staying on the topic of metal, I have chosen to include some my favorite albums that come with me on these excursions for this week’s Nine Circle ov… segment. Continue reading →