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What a lovely find this album was. This is essentially a love letter of sorts to H.P. Lovecraft, and the complex, disgusting atmosphere that this album excretes pays great homage to him. Outstanding the relentless arrangements are the vocals of Steve Peacock, who screams and rasps like a fucking knife into steel.
Favorite track: Infinite Cold Distance.
This was my favorite death? Black? Blackened Death? Cavernous Death? metal record released last year, and honestly one of my favorite of all time. The riffs are amazing, like super tasty, super moving, everything was perfect. I can always listen to this everyday, each time with a wide smile on my face!
Favorite track: Cosmovore.
Can’t say enough about 20 buck spin... just thank you for all the killer bands absolutely slaying under your banner and Ulthar throws down with the best of all the great death metal this year
Favorite track: Dunwich Whore.
3/22/2019 Eli's Mile High Club – Oakland, CA *
3/23/2019 5 Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA *
3/24/2019 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA *
3/25/2019 Yucca Tap Room – Phoenix, AZ *
3/26/2019 Club Congress – Tucson, AZ *
3/27/2019 Neon Rose – El Paso, TX *
3/28/2019 Lime Light – San Antonio, TX *
3/29/2019 Wits End – Dallas, TX *
3/30/2019 Lost Well – Austin, TX *
3/31/2019 Poor Boys – New Orleans, LA *
4/01/2019 Fire House – Birmingham, AL *
4/02/2019 The Bakery – Atlanta, GA *
4/03/2019 Radio Room – Greenville, SC *
4/04/2019 Wonderland – Richmond, VA
4/05/2019 Meatlocker – Montclair, NJ
4/06/2019 Atlas Brew Works – Washington, DC
4/07/2019 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
4/08/2019 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
4/10/2019 O'Brien's – Boston, MA
4/11/2019 (Johnson City) Avenue DIY – Binghamton, NY
4/12/2019 Genos – Portland, ME
4/13/2019 Turbohaus – Montreal, QC
4/14/2019 Bovine Sex Club – Toronto, ON
4/15/2019 Black Circle Brewing – Indianapolis, IN
4/16/2019 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
4/17/2019 Howlers – Pittsburgh, PA
4/18/2019 Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
4/19/2019 Subterranean – Chicago, IL
4/20/2019 NYDM FEST – Milwaukee, WI
4/22/2019 Syntax – Denver, CO
4/23/2019 Triple Nickel – Colorado Springs, CO
4/24/2019 The Cave – Santa Fe, NM
4/26/2019 TBA - Las Vegas, NV
* w/ Scorched
Ulthar create something uniquely arcane within the Bay Area metal underground. The trio comes together on their debut full length ‘Cosmovore’ to unleash a feral urgency for dizzying Absu like Black Metal with a Death Metal band’s bludgeoning violence. Thematically heavy on weird, supernatural horror and a bizarre Rudimentary Peni surrealism, Ulthar are a difficult to classify spectral entity within the sphere of Black Metal.
Over the course of Cosmovore’s 40 minute run time speeds careen forward at primarily unrelenting velocity, the opening title track instantly battering with primal persistence. The album’s middle section, a blinding storm of ghastly black dread, leads into the 13+ minute epic ‘Dunwich Whore’ where the Ulthar universe becomes all consuming with proggy synth bookends, vertiginous tempo variation, grinding technical violence, and thrashed madness.
Yet another stellar debut album released under the 20 Buck Spin banner, Ulthar’s ‘Cosmovore’ stands as the monstrous opening salvo of a band only beginning to wage war.