Newly-formed Bay Area death metal trio, ULTHAR – with its members deeply woven into the Bay Area death scene through the ranks of Vastum, Extremity, Void Omnia, and other acts – presents the bizarre scourge of their debut LP, Cosmovore. As the album oozes towards release in November through 20 Buck Spin, the cover artwork, track listing, and the first advance single in the form of the album’s title track have been issued.
ULTHAR creates something uniquely arcane within the Bay Area metal underground. The trio — Shelby Lermo (Vastum, Extremity), Justin Ennis (Void Omnia, Ruine, ex-Mutilation Rites, ex-Tombs), and Steve Peacock (Mastery, Pandiscordian Necrogenesis) — 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 is a difficult to classify spectral entity within the sphere of black metal.
Over the course of Cosmovore’s forty-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 thirteen-plus-minute closing 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.
Cosmovore was engineered, recorded, and mixed by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios in Oakland, California and mastered by Justin Weis at Trackworx. The cover artwork was handled by famed UK illustrator Ian Miller, known for his work with the Warhammer games, Lovecraft books, Ralph Bakshi films, and more. Fans of Absu, Immortal, early Atrocity, early Pestilence, Demilich, Morbid Angel, and Gorguts, and labelmates Tomb Mold should tune in to ULTHAR’s deft execution.
Stream ULTHAR’s “Cosmovore” HERE: