While surfing the death metal channels of Bandcamp looking for something to whet my appetite for death, gore, filth and horror I found Urdun from Iceland. The “d” is suppose to be different, but I don’t have the key for that on my computer. So if you’re reading this Urdun I apologize. Regardless, I found what I needed to quench my thirst for gore. Urdun’s demo just put out last month is exactly what I needed to hear; unfiltered, roaring death metal.
The demo features three songs from these Icelandic lads, ranging from four to six minutes. What really caught my eye at first was the name of the demo. The name of the demo as you can see above is titled Horror and Gore, and that right there pretty much sums up what you will be hearing for the entirety of this demo. Morbid Funeral Ritual starts off with a dissonant guitar, but soon jumps quickly into the grinding horror fest you would expect.
Horror and Gore is fueled by the forefathers of old, and there is nothing wrong with that at all. Urdun does a good job of keeping the crunchy riffs, and not being over technical keeping this old school vibe throughout. Nothing on this is too terribly fast, but it isn’t an Origin or Pig Destroyer album. If Urdun were not so new you would think that it was recorded in the 80’s-90’s.
Urdun are a throw back for sure. With the fiery riffs, the spastic drumming, the ever prominent bass, and the vocals that sound as if a zombie were recording them. The lyrics are as gore soaked as you would like them, with the last song-and longest-Mortuary sounding like it is necrophiliac’s wet dream. It’s a grimy filth that will make you want to bathe straight away after hearing this album. The bath will not be warm water. No, the water will be replaced with the slushiest slime mixed with human chunks. It’s a filthy album, wrapped in a bile tortilla, covered in cadaver sauce. And of course filthy is a good thing. With an ode to their predecessors Autopsy, Obituary, and Coffins among many more, you want this to feel like you’ve been beaten and sliced open.
Urdun deliver a great demo. They’re an ode to old school style death metal. Horror and Gore is a throw back to fans that were around to witness Autopsy and Obituary get their start. And here we are, looking forward to the new wave of old school death metal so to speak. Urdun deserves a listen from you. Give them a try, take a bile shower while you’re at it.