The short description of this band on Bandcamp begins with a simple phrase: “random dude from Germany”. I like that a lot. Not the fact that the guy’s from Germany as it doesn’t matter to me where he’s from, but that fact that he’s just some random guy. We need more of those. Random people make random albums, and that’s what this record is. Not random as in it’s a whole bunch what-the-fuck, but instead random as in I never saw an experience like this coming.
It’s not often that we can just stumble upon an album and find that it’s something that really connects with us. That’s what Ur has done for me with his latest offering of black metal. However, his style of black metal bounces all over the place from atmospheric to melodic to raw, and Ur makes it work very nicely. What’s even better is how every single track except the finale is instrumental which makes “Stories Between Death and Being Born Again” feel so much more transcendent and fluid as songs, and that’s something not every band can pull off but Ur does it magnificently well. There are so many flowing melodies that constantly shift and change yet are still to their roots black metal, and that really allows the record to inhale and exhale however it pleases whenever it wants. Ur really manages to make this album have plenty of peaks and valleys to where one second you could be at the top of a gargantuan mountain and then at the bottom of a vast trench within seconds, and that really makes “Stories Between Death and Being Born Again” one hell of a good time for any music lover. Not many metal albums can span the spectrum so well, but Ur has shown that he can do it all by himself and do it magnificently well all the while.
Not many metal albums can span the spectrum so well, but Ur has shown that he can do it all by himself and do it magnificently well all the while. This record with a lengthy title truly crept up out of nowhere for me, and you’d be doing me a huge favor by checking out this unknown gem. It’s proof that one man can create something fantastic, and all I can say is that I’d absolutely love to hear what else Ur can conjure up, and so should you.
LISTEN to “Stories Between Death and Being Born Again” on Bandcamp here.
Ur doesn’t have any sort of social media accounts that I can find, despite there being two different bands also named Ur on Facebook. So if you wish to keep up with what Ur puts out then I suggest following his Bandcamp.