Ùlfúð deliver 44 minutes of blackened death, packed to the brim with melodic riffs and unrelenting double bass barragеs. The sound is warm - the sort I would rather expect to hear on a melodeath album - and goes well with the music. It does not fully float my boat yet, but that may very well be due to the fact that 2023 has been absolutely packed with top-tier releases so far. I still starkly recommend that you listen to this album, and keep your eyes peeled for Ùlfúð. This is good!
Favorite track: The Gods Left Behind.
Bred in the land of ice and fire, Úlfúð are the latest addition to Dark Descent’s flawless, ever-diversifying roster. Championing their personal blend of black and death metal (with emphasis on the former), the band’s debut album Of Existential Distortion uniquely captures the desolate vastness of the volcanic wastelands like only Icelanders can.
Úlfúð’s first full-length is a masterclass in song-craft, showcasing a stunning balance of entrancing atmosphere, haunting melody, and deathless violence. Artist Bahrull Marta was summoned to conjure the breath-taking artwork, whilst photographs by Alma Líf Þorsteinsdóttir adorn the inlay with visions of each offering.
Úlfúð’s (pronounced “ool-wooth”, meaning animosity or hostility) were formed in early 2015 in Reykjavik, Iceland. The band self-released debut EP First Sermon in 2018 and recorded debut Of Existential Distortion in 2020. A release truly worth waiting for!
released March 17, 2023
Guitars: Birkir Kárason
Guitars: Eysteinn Orri Sigurðsson
Drums: Sigurður Jakobsson
Bass & backing vocals: Hannar Sindri Grétarsson
Vocals: Breki Danielsen Imsland
Cover art by Bahrull Marta
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The barn-burning, howling spirit of the Adirondacks returns! Ferocious, visceral American black metal with the spirit of sorrowful traditional heavy metal. The mournful and triumphant melodies are invisible-orange-inducing of the highest order, the rhythm section just charges like a righteous river, vocal delivery is absolutely top-notch, spitting and violent while clearly enunciated, and the lyrics excellently evince the local and personal. I want to get back out camping ASAP after this record. pinkytheent