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Review: Urskumug - Passover

Label: Haarbn Productions
Year released: 2007
Duration: 31:50
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: January 15, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 2.33/5 (46.67%) (3 Votes)

Urskumug is one of the very first bands I had the chance to discover after having established some contacts in the Russian underground. Now with Haarbn Productions, I'm lucky enough to get a fresh new batch of dark music.

Urskumug made a name for themselves by wearing tribal costumes on stage, adorned with small bones like on necklaces for example. They play tribal Black Metal but that does not mean their sound is raw and barbarian. In fact, it is quite the opposite. They use keyboards in a twisted and avant-gardist way. At times, they even have ambient/industrial passages like the ones in the opening track, "Her Majesty Silence", "Passover" and the closing track "..." On their previous work, they used traditional instruments and Shamanic formulas, adding to their mystical image. Their take on Black Metal is often leaning toward the fast, blast beat and tremolo picking galore but, on the other hand, many wicked moderate tempos beefed up by bone crushing riffs and distorted arpeggios are there, waiting to blow you away! These guys really have their own peculiar sound and vision of the Black Metal arts, setting them apart from the crowd, and they also know how to make an intense, twisted and a little psychedelic sort of a soundtrack.

Hopefully the bone collectors amongst you will get a chance to get a hold of this piece of Latvian Black Metal.

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