|Review: URN - 666 Megatons|
Label: No Sign of Life
Year released: 2001
Review online: January 20, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.92/5 (78.33%) (12 Votes)
I first heard of this band when a friend sent me this album in mp3 format a few months ago. Whoa. Instant flooring. I ordered "the real thing" as soon as I saw it available from my favourite online distro. URN hail from Finland and play some brutal, unrelenting Blackened Thrash. The closest comparison I can come up with is Canada's Megiddo. Replace Megiddo's omnipresent dark, evil-sounding atmosphere and replace it with insane speed, and you get URN. Not that URN doesn't have that kind of atmosphere, but the speed overshadows it almost completely. Thrown in a bit of Dekapitator-style insanity for seasoning.
The only thing that one might find lacking here is variety: Save for the first 20 seconds or so that sound like you're playing Gears of War, the album is a massive onslaught of speed and brutality: It just doesn't stop. I sometimes felt the urge to hit the Pause button in the middle just to catch my breath. Insane, loud drumming coupled with raw, aggressive riffs and matching raw vocals are a dime a dozen here and in the end you'll feel like you just barely survived a massive bombing. No need to say this is not for wimps, since they all fainted before getting to this line. An album that couldn't be best summarised by its title.
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