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Review: Urna - Iter Ad Lucem
Iter Ad Lucem

Label: Aeternitas Tenebrarum Music Foundation
Year released: 2009
Duration: 44:51
Tracks: 6
Genre: Funeral Doom


Review online: May 7, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

Iter Ad Lucem is the most recent release from synthetic musical wiz MZ. This master mind is also behind Arcana Coelestia and Locus Mortis.

Funeral Doom has always been a bit hard for me to digest. Although I don't always enjoy the hyper fast and furious side of Black Metal, the ultra slow pace of Funeral Doom can become boring after a while. Fortunately, I found out that lately, a couple bands had the knack to introduce some genuine creativity into this rather "static" genre. It was the case with Russia's Flegethon and now it's Urna's turn to present its twisted blend of post Black Metal / esoteric type of Doom Metal. Slow to mid-fast paces are the rhythms on which the double basses and pounding percussion are beating the tempos. Heavy/ crushing and loud musical phrases with regular calmer parts are what your ears will be treated on this disc. Intense and dramatic patterns are omnipresent, created by the master himself, along with dissonant tonalities and clean vs. distorted arpeggios. This hellish story is being told by some discrete, but quite sick, raspy vocals. The ambient and spacey moments come in as soothing breaks in this infernal soundscape. "Iter Ad Lucem Pt.II" and "K-TH-R" are my overall favorite compositions on this new work.

Iter Ad Lucem is a good step forward in bringing Funeral Doom music to the more adventurous metal ears.

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