Black metal inflected with death metal that sprints from start to finish. The death metal elements drew me in, but unfortunately the rather bland drumming that is standard for BM pulled me out of this, despite listening through several times. This is just not my thing, personally.
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.