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Review: Úlfarr - The Ruins of Human Failure
The Ruins of Human Failure

Label: Purity Through Fire
Year released: 2021
Duration: 25:35
Tracks: 6
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: February 1, 2022
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)

Úlfarr have been around for just over 10 years but there are no full-lengths in their discography, just a couple of EPs and demos, splits and live albums. Based on what I’m hearing on this EP, a full-length would certainly be welcome, though it would be a lot to take as, at just under 26 minutes, The Ruins of Human Failure is quite packed already and feels longer than it is—and I mean that in a good way.

Overall, the black metal on offer here is quite raw and there’s some early ‘90s Scandinavian black metal influences that can be found here, even some Burzum on those passages that are more melodic yet do not sacrifice the rawness. There’s a good blend of speed—not overdone—and more melancholic and depressing, slower parts that altogether have a knack for taking you from an all-guns-blazing path of destruction down to something way more depressing that’ll cut your legs from under you. Úlfarr have packed a lot in these songs and each and every listen is guaranteed to unleash something you’ve missed before, so there’s a hell of a replay value if early ‘90s black metal mixed with something more akin to DSBM sounds appealing to you.

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