In 2016, three-quarters of progressive black metal band Cormorant embarked on a new doom-driven project under the name of URSA. Fast forward to today and the band have confirmed the details of their debut album, “Abyss Between the Stars”, to be released via Blood Music on November 2nd. Pre-orders for the album are available here: http://www.blood-music.com/store/.
URSA are streaming the first new track off “Abyss Between the Stars”:
“’Wizard’s Path’ is the first song we wrote when we started jamming together in early 2016,” Matt Solis tells Decibel. “We knew we wanted this band to have an “epic fantasy” aesthetic in terms of the lyrics and overall presentation, and what better place to start than a journey through a mystical landscape teeming with esoteric danger? When I wrote the lyrics, I had one image in mind: a wizard with a beard full of eyeballs, which is actually a real-life painting by our friend Jesse Swanson, who created the artwork on this album. All told, this track is the essence of URSA: crushing riffs, epic vocals, fantastical lyrics and the elemental spirit of all things doom.”
The artwork and track list for “Abyss Between the Stars” is as follows:
1. Wizard’s Path
2. Dragon’s Beard
3. Serengeti Yeti
4. Thirteen Witches
5. Cave of the Spider King
6. The Mountain
URSA combine the traditional sensibilities of doom pioneers like Candlemass and Solitude Aeternus with progressive leanings à la Rush and Yes while being fully committed to a high-fantasy lyrical aesthetic, in the tradition of Cirith Ungol and Pagan Altar. Abyss Between the Stars features a collection of epic tales envisioning otherworldly beasts and beings.
The album was recorded with Tim Green (Melvins, Earthless, Wolves in The Throne Room) in the beautiful forest setting of Louder Studios in Grass Valley, CA. Vocalist/bassist Matt Solis says the recording of Abyss Between the Stars was in the band’s standard style:
“We always prefer to record live together, even in Cormorant, because we feel it captures the essence of who we are as musicians. There was nothing really unusual about what we did—this is loud-ass rock music with guitar, bass and drums, so we wanted to keep it pretty basic.”