Urarv – Aurum Review

Aurum by Urarv is indeed an intriguing listen. The outfit’s debut album, whilst taking a largely black metal approach, it also brings several other different approaches to the table, such as avantgarde, psychedelia and even a few doomy elements on occasion. It means you never quite know what to expect from the band and it keeps you on the edge of your seat as a result.

There’s a tremendous amount of drive to the music, with Urarv getting things moving almost immediately. Aurum begins with a soft and slower-paced simplistic introduction which adds a great bit of atmosphere before the full band joins in for effect just after the one-minute mark, and the crushing heaviness will take your breath away. It’s so powerful and really helps the album to leave an impression on you as a result, especially with the added momentum that gets things fully moving.

One of the strongest tracks is fifth inclusion, Guru. The echoing guitars at the start add a tremendous eerieness to the song and the vocals on this one are wonderfully dark, the deep grunting approach pairing up well with the higher snarls and half-spoken lines. Additionally, the frenetic guitars underneath add a powerful urgency to it all and everything just pairs together well.

Aurum may not be for everyone, but it’s a damn great listen and hopefully the start of something great for Urarv.


About Natalie Humphries 1855 Articles
Soundscape's editor, who is particularly fond of doom, black metal and folk (but will give anything a chance). Likes to travel to see bands abroad when she can. Contact: nathumphries@soundscapemagazine.com or @acidnat on twitter.

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