With black metal like riffs, howled vocals, an unmatched intensity and an overall sinister atmosphere, Urarv seem just like any other black metal band on the surface. However, that certainly is not the case as there is something that is different, unique and all around unsettling about them. Urarv are not black metal nor do they belong in any other sub genre of metal as they create a wicked, intense and grim sound all their own. They are harsh, punishing, atmospheric, schizophrenic in style as they never present you with the same sound twice even within one song. Urarv’s sound is eclectic, intriguing and ever twisting to present you with a sound that is all together odd yet gripping.
Argentum begins with the opener Ahaman Inikak Mo, a track that is filled with didgeridoos and unsettling chanting arising from the ever blackening abyss. From there, Urarv roll onward in to their next track Krakekjott which stampedes out of hell right from the get go blasting you with that familiar cold black metal intensity. Kraketjott is probably the one track on this release that resembles what black metal traditionally is. Beyond this point, Urarv delve deeper in to their more experimental and mind bending side, taking you on an odd sonic journey through the wonderfully weird and unique soundscapes that they create.
You can certainly expect the unexpected from Urarv as they never stick to one sound as they bounce around endlessly and tirelessly providing you with a sound that is hard to pin point. Each track is incredibly different from each other giving you an eternity of variety to listen to and listen for. Each listen will flesh out something new that you may not have heard before, and with each listen you will just want to continue listening. Through six tracks, Urarv snake and wind their way through excellently crafted tracks to gift you with an equally excellent and unique listen.
Argentum constantly twists in directions that you may not have thought off throwing you for loop after loop. Once you feel as though you have it figured out, Urarv send you spiraling again keeping you guessing as to what you are about to be subject to. Argentum isn’t a normal record by any standards and that is exactly what makes it stand out. Argentum makes you feel unsettled as it lurches forth, twisting and writhing between its many sounds offering you something odd and intriguing to remember and revel in. Overall, Argentum is a great record as each track is wonderfully crafted and executed with solid musicianship, manic vocals and a raw production that brings everything together nicely.
Argentum will be released through Svart Records June 1, 2018.