Over the last few years I have become a huge fan of black metal, but there are always bands and albums that slipped past me or I slept on for whatever reason. This has happened a few times now, but I plan to make amends and I have fallen madly in love with a lot of newer black metal. The first one I want to talk about is a release from last year by a Portland, Oregon band called Uada.
This band plays a very emotion, melodic blend of black metal that I cannot get enough of. With their breakout release Devoid of Light, they took not only the black metal community, but the world by storm. I let this album slide past me although I saw it referenced numerous times, always in a positive light. Well, no longer. While I currently haven’t gotten myself a vinyl copy of the album, I will definitely do so as soon as humanly possible.
From the opening track “Natus Eclipsim,” the bands harmonic guitar work and pulverizing drums become a stand out and Jake Superchi’s vocals are mesmerizing. As we move into the albums title track the vocals morph into a dark and haunting chant until we hit the midpoint when Jake’s wretch returns. The riffing on this track is spectacular. Moving and driving through and through.
“S.N.M.” in no way pulls its punches, going straight for the throat out of the gate. Insane guitar work is once again present and the drumming is like the hammering on the gates of hell. Inhuman howls roar out from within the confines of this song, making its message even more eerie. The track hits a Sabbathian groove towards the middle of the track, to which I couldn’t help but headbang.
Whereas the last track came right out with a vengeance, “Our Pale Departure” took a few seconds to make its point. The grooving guitar work on this track just makes me want to move around, something that isn’t true for every black metal band you hear. This track also sounds like it was recorded in the cold, dark depths below the earths surface. So that’s rad.
“Black Autumn, White Spring” signifies the end of the album, which is sad because I don’t want it to end. On a positive note, the track is almost twice as long as any other on the album. A beautifully orchestrated black metal opus, this track stands out in a glorious fashion. This track also never slows, keeping its driving force going nonstop for the entire nine minutes. Brilliant.
Uada rule and their album “Devoid Of Light” is magic. Don’t sleep like I did.