An excellent blend of black metal and death metal sounds. The whole thing is just a delightfully creepy listen! The dual vocal attack is great. There is a lot of tremolo in the guitar riffs, alternating between low and crushing tones and blistering high tones. Excellent album, beginning to end!
Favorite track: Humanoid Knot.
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.