Former members of Hang The Bastard have come back fighting with their new 3-piece project URNE and a 4 track EP titled ‘The Mountain Of Gold’ – Which is an instrumental focus piece of work.
Opening with a lengthy instrumental in Dust Atlantis of hardcore-riffage the introduction to vocals at the 2 minute mark penetrate through the speakers blasting a fierce gritty voice accommodating the hardcore vibe, which soon releases into a clean vocal track and a half timed chorus leading more of a melody with chords ringing through each beat. The Lady & The Devil delivers a swing-like rhythm with the sweet touch of heavy guitar tones and leaving behind the pacey powerhouse vocals keeping the entity of the track down to a clean vocal use. Sure there are some moment pushing into the heavy drum segments and chugging guitars but this has given the example of a start to finish clear track.
Mountain Of Gold blends the aggressive screams with a psychedelic clean vocal while encouraging a more atmospheric sound, introducing a solo mid-song and a shredding bridge to follow before closing the song with variations of the main structure of the song instrumentally. If there is one thing I have noticed so far, it is that tracks are not meant for vocal focus as there has been a lack of – really trying to grab your attention at the dynamics and structure. The March Towards The Sun closes this EP with the most vocals so far and the most melodic based track which is most apparent at the half way point in the track before stabbing each note for the duration of the track that slowly fades to silence thus completing the record.
Maybe it’s just my lack of enthusiasm towards extended intro/outro instrumental tracks, but to me that’s like Marmite, you love it or hate it. For me, vocals to be more involved with the song is key.
Check out their single and opening track ‘Dust Atlantis‘ below: