Ur Draugr / Haar|
Haar / Ur Draugr
7 October 2016
Black and death metal are often regarded as hostile to innovation, preferring instead to rely on staid ideas. A new alliance between Haar, the forefront of Scotlands discordant avant-garde, and Ur-Draugr, a mighty, progressive Australian black metal force, proves that such orthodoxy is merely a border to be crossed by the curious.
Perfectly merging the musical atmosphere and sinister evokations of both artists, this split release is powerfully supported by the artistic vision of Costin Chioreanu, who has truly captured the essence of Ur Draugr and Haars message in visual manifestation.
Over the course of three dissonant, savage tracks, Haar explore the concept of Sehnsucht, the almost pathological yearning the human psyche has for faith, to believe in some sort of supernatural essence or meaning, to find significance or resonance amidst the chaos of mundane existence.
Ur Draugr contribute with a single, esoteric track of nearly twenty minutes in length, which inducts the listener into a journey inspired by the philosophical traditions of Baudrillard and Nietzsche, Lovecraft's Dream Cycle, and Robert Chambers' The King in Yellow.
1 - Haar - Extinction 08:30
2 - Haar - Strings 06:31
3 - Haar - Architects 07:54
4 - Ur Draugr - The Vista Profunda 19:40
Total Running Time: 42:35
THE LOOM OF TIME|
2 December 2016
Loom of Time is a novel blend of black metal, death metal and doom
music that constantly forges forward, but keeps its roots in the
unassailable heritage of rock and heavy metal. In a world
of passionless, formulaic music, Loom gives us a glimpse of what metal
might have been had the genre progressed without leaving behind the
grit, fire, depth and creativity that todays trend-chasers never seemed
to grasp. Some people may recall shadings of the early Marduk saga or
references as Immortal, Emperor, tempered with Candlemass doom epic
& Angel Witch feeling, creates a sound that keeps the soul of heavy
metal intact, whilst stepping forward musically and lyrically facing
the questions that confront mankind, that may never truly be answered.|
The band is a perfect example of the ATMF attitude, innovative but rooted to the past, moving forward and forging new classics.
Bradley Delforce - Bass guitar
Matthew J. Ratcliffe - Guitars, vocals
Steven Reid - Drums
1. The Ashes of Your Fall 06:38
2. The Pinnacle of Hypocrisy 04:39
3. The Cries of the Weak 05:31
4. The Greed of Lesser Men 05:23
5. The Peons of the Cosmos 06:41
6. The Fight for the Subhuman 05:20
Total Running Time: 34:18