Urarv

ARGENTUM

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Subterranea - DAYAL PAT­TER­SON

SVART AVANT-BLACK METAL VET­ERAN SOURCES MORE SIG­NAL FROM CHAOS

Formed by Björn Al­drahn Dencker of Død­heims­gard/Thorns way back in 2003, it seems that this Urarv are sud­denly keen not to waste any time, with this record com­ing hot on the heels of last year’s de­but, Au­rum. Argentum turns out to be al­most ex­actly half the length of its pre­de­ces­sor and – per­haps be­cause of this – also a more com­pelling and con­sis­tent lis­ten. The twist­ing songs are still in­ven­tive, whim­si­cal and un­pre­dictable, but they’re also fo­cused and stir­ring, throw­ing in plenty of rous­ing riffs among those dis­cor­dant side­steps that re­call those black metal bands Björn has sung with in the past. His vo­cals are more all over the place than ever, and glee­fully so. That cer­tainly won’t be to ev­ery­one’s taste, but for those wish­ing to en­gage with the mad­ness this is a con­vinc­ing and mem­o­rable slice of avant-garde Scan­di­na­vian black metal.

FOR FANS OF: DØD­HEIMS­GARD, FLEURETY, VED BUENS ENDE

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