Urfaust – Einsiedler   Leave a comment

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Just have a look at the amazing artwork presented above, and you know you’re in for something good. Listening to Urfaust is a lyrical experience with some great trancelike states like Om and Wolves In The Throne Room, but, of course, wholly different. Hearing Urfaust’s tunes for the first time is experiencing something totally haunting, beautiful, scary and soothing at the same time. You’ll get only two songs on this single, so they better be good. And they are.

Urfaust is Dutch (Asten) like The Devil’s Blood, and Urfaust represents the archetypical sublime within doom. The sphere is totally menacing in its greatness and is deprived of hope but at the same time strange warm aspects can be heard – but very detached. I can only imagine what this act would do live, since it’s been a long time I was actually a bit scared or so psyched about seeing a band live for the first time. I saw Integrity live for the first time in 2008 and although probably musically ‘less’ than golden era Integrity (basically everything between Those Who Fear Tomorrow (1991) and Humanity Is The Devil (1996)) the tension before the show was immense. I’ll probably feel the same before attending an Urfaust show.

Just the other day I discovered NSBM – questionable people who make great music – and for example Forest’s Forest sounds very similar in vein (although their music is executed very differently), but Forest is a lot bleaker and even more unfriendly than Urfaust.

Einsiedler is German and means hermit. That makes me think of the beautiful Grand Magus artwork of their same titled album. But make no mistake; this is no friendly cozy hermit that’ll offer you some bread or wisdom along your path. No, this hermit poisons your milk, steals your soul and lets you rot in the woods. The name hermit says a lot I think about the basic view this band must have towards reality: probably something close to shoegaze or egocentrism. Egocentrism is not a bad thing, on the contrary, I associate it with the transcendental meditative exercises like Om, Current 93, Jesu and Greymachine. But where Jesu is white, Urfaust is a total black, an evil Jesu. Listening to song number two, Verderber – which means ‘he who ruins’, there is no literal translation in either Dutch or English – is as close to withering doom as I have ever come. Which makes me wonder about the concept of this band. I can’t wait to do an interview by the way to learn more about their music conceptually. The two songs brought here are executed in such a coherent way, that the music most likely follows the lives of the artists involved – Delirious Madness and Horrific Doom. And I have a strange feeling they’re for real.

Urfaust’s Einsiedler is brought to you by Van Records in Germany (of The Devil’s Blood fame) and actually this a 2009 release. I deem it that important to warrant a 2010 review, and we can only hope to hear from this band real soon.

Musically 8/10;
Conceptually 9.5/10
Review Written By Sandrijn van den Oever

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Van Records

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Posted July 8, 2010 by doommantia in Urfaust

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