While the songwriting of Providence is a clear step up from Cosmovore, it still feels lacking. Maybe by black metal standards this is really good, but BM in general is just very bland with pretty mediocre writing, in my opinion.
With the release of ‘Cosmovore’ in 2018, Ulthar presented a twisted warped dystopia where furiously paced inverted Death Metal and scathing angular blackness defined a new way forward. Now the band returns with the grotesquely intangible ‘Providence’, whereby Ulthar stretch the fabric of previously trod worlds into idiosyncratic new forms and elevated levels of primal intellect.
The unyielding Ulthar attack doubles down on ‘Providence’ with figures becoming more sickening and shapes more savage. An immensity like spiraling ancient monoliths too tall to comprehend and bending inward upon themselves envelops adherents to this realm. Duly diabolic voices guide this odyssey through the incongruous caverns of absurdity, obscure texts and manifold vitriol.
Releasing at a time where our own world has devolved into a surrealistic nightmare of viral trepidation and encased solitude, Ulthar’s ‘Providence’ becomes a prescient view into the strange paradoxes that only months ago seemed unbelievable but now all too possible. Where horizons cease, where grace is dead, where nothing lives, so be it amen.