Release date: 11 April 2013
Ur, named after the Aurochs species of wild cattle, is a doom metal four-piece from Dresden, Germany whose debut self-titled release features elements of drone, funeral, and post-metal. As befits the genre, there’s a heavy focus on low-end frequencies and bass rumbles to create an unsettling atmosphere of dread. Ur’s subject matter invokes vultures and extinct European woodland creatures, as shown by the song titles. Vocalist/Guitarist Martin Paul sings only on occasion, and his growls serve not to add lyrical substance to songs, but to elucidate the atmosphere of steadily encroaching, well, doom, as if he is whatever conjuration that’s reaching out from the beyond. Riffs drift in and out of tracks, belying the post-metal influence. Jakob Ritter’s drums meander through each song, creating an effectively ominous and off-putting texture. Although the album’s three tracks blur upon a full run-through, each has a diversity of texture and influence to make for engaging individual listens, and are highly recommended for play time. This is music for being lost in a gloomy forest as the dead spirits of animals stalk you in the night.
Do not play for morning shows. Absolutely for metal shows! Self-released.
Aurochs – (13:12) sludgier with more riffs, ends on a crushing four-minute bass/guitar cycle
Condor – (15:39) drone metal from 0:00-4:40, then dives into spacious funeral doom
Megaloceros – (12:16) entirely instrumental, post-metal influenced, features call-and-response guitars toward middle of song
RIYL: Sunn O))), Pallbearer, Isis, 90s-era Neurosis