If there was any justice in the world, much less in the music industry, UR would have a larger following after the release of their latest album, Black Vortex. Their previous release, Hail Death, was lauded by critics. Black Vortex is just what the mainstream metal scene craves for – catchy as hell, easy to like black/thrash/black and roll that never ceases to entertain and delight. Is it the next wave of mainstream metal trends? No, but fans who are fortunate to hear the record are advised to support the band’s fledgling effort.
It seems that UR’s previous release, Hail Death, was just as spontaneously recorded in the studio as Black Vortex was. But, the latter record seems to be more focused, nuanced in song structure, and less imprecise in execution. The performances are solid, and the production values bring out the music without providing too much polish. Black Vortex isn’t just a disparate set of studio jams. The songs sound more cohesive rather than simply being a product of alcohol-intoxicated inspiration. Their blackened heavy metal is meant not just for the casual fan who seeks to thrash along, but also for the fan who wishes to listen to the record intently.
The rung notes are icy and reminiscent of early black metal. The shredding is of worthy note. UR’s Black Vortex reminds me of black/thrash band Black Anvil‘s music on earlier recordings, but with a greater propensity to vary the tempos.
The slower sections are just as enjoyable as the faster, more frenetic sections. Vocalist Gregor displays quite a dynamic range on Black Vortex. His chants and clean vocals come in a welcome operatic touch that adds a degree of refinement to the band’s approach. He is also responsible for playing bass and guitars. The drums are handled by Karol, formerly from the band Bloodstained. Both members are prominent musicians in the Polish underground metal scene. One gets the sense from a listen to Black Vortex that UR is not merely a side-project that the band members use to draw wayward interest. It is a serious undertaking to them.
Fans of underground blackened heavy metal should support this now!
1. Black Vortex
2. Black Spark
3. We Are Mortal
4. Shed My Skin
5. The Beckoning Silence
6. The Last Feast
7. Cleansing By Fire
8. The Goddess of The World
Gregor – Guitars / Bass / Vocals
Kroll – Drums