The ancient Anasazi peoples of New Mexico believed the Urraca Mesa to be a place of great evil; a bridge between this plane of existence and a much darker one. Even the term “urraca” is an omen in Native languages. It translates into “magpie”, the name of a small bird that would doom anyone whose name it called. To top everything off, the Mesa forms the shape of a skull when seen from above. Not surprisingly, the Anasazi tribe that settled on that mesa mysteriously vanished some 900 years ago, with some archaeological discoveries hinting that their end may have been a violent one.
The sudden demise of a people, other realms and ancient spirituality are prime themes for metal; themes that Sunless embrace on their new album, Urraca. The story of the Anasazi’s demise at the hands of demonic entities runs a thread throughout this Minneapolis trio’s 40-minute, stunning debut, and is narrated by the band’s brand of avant-leaning technical metal. Urraca is a complex, menacing and jarringly hypnotic record that could possibly be a portal between worlds.