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Review: Urfaust - Drei Rituale Jenseits Des Kosmos
Drei Rituale Jenseits Des Kosmos

Label: Debemur Morti Productions
Year released: 2008
Duration: 20:15
Tracks: 3
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: November 1, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
Drei Rituale Jenseits Des Kosmos

Rated 3.88/5 (77.5%) (8 Votes)

This special project saw the light back in 1999. Hailing from The Netherlands, IX Vloekwaard (Grimm) and Zwartketteru are responsible for creating all this noise. Four years later, VRDRBR joined in to play the drums. Urfaust recorded two full-lengths prior to this mini album, namely Geist Ist Teufel and Verrterischer Nichterwurdeiger Geist.

Their music has been labeled as ultra Doom. One thing is for sure, it has a hell of a Doom ambience! There are no such things as rasps or growls on this album. Instead, a wide and wild variety of vocals ranging from clean to bestial, then switching to an insane type of voice, scream, rough one moment and even turning to some shamanic tonalities at one point. The pace is normally set to slow, and the mood is quite reminiscent of Funeral Doom as a whole, although not as slow. The drum is pounding and seems to pulsate to the beat of a dying soul. The music is crushing on one hand, while more experimental on the other. Electronics, keyboards and samplings are all used to translate the sick and depraved spirits of those Dutchmen. I personally enjoyed the opener/unnamed track for its crushing and infernal atmosphere, as well as the closing/unnamed too. This last one has a more experimental vibe at first, then the slow pace, distortion and the somewhat ritualistic/shamanic voices turn the composition into something pretty, pretty weird.

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