Progenie Terrestre Pura
U.M.A.


3.0
good

Review

by Thomas Michael Morris USER (36 Reviews)
June 27th, 2013 | 29 replies


Release Date: 04/15/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Do you feel in space?

Allow me to open up my review with a wonderful audition from "Britain's Got Talent": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiWm4pxuh8w#t=02m06s

So, DO you feel in space? Italian black metal/ambient duo Progenie Terrestre Pura certainly want their listeners to. The attention-wresting cover art of their debut LP, U.M.A, unabashedly presents romanticized, fantastical imagery of the final frontier. The five tracks while being quite multi-faceted in terms of structure, all implement congruent thematic tropes; Progenie Terrestre Pura's steep their atmospheric black metal brew with a smattering of electronics, which phase in and out of the freezing blues of traditional tremelo-picked guitars and pseudo-string synths like a crackling satellite transmission. The overall aesthetic is about as grandiose as you'd expect given the scintillating cover art, but the actual material feels a bit reserved.

U.M.A.'s most apparent vice is that it may be too multi-faceted for its own good. Each of the album's five tracks fall into the seven to thirteen minute range, and each of them spiral into the vastness of infinity, without much thought for cohesion, other than the unifying theme of feeling "in space". Atmospheric Black Metal in particular is guilty of sacrificing attentive songwriting in favor of fabricating a lurid sketch of a (commonly frozen) landscape. But the tracks on U.M.A. are egregiously unfocused and any semblance of structure is thwarted by the sheer abundance of ideas presented. While U.M.A. is certainly successful in being very, VERY space-sounding, the musicianship itself is much less dimensional.

That isn't to say that this album isn't at all enjoyable, quite the contrary. U.M.A. is both aurally immersive and modestly entertaining throughout its 51-minute runtime. The sci-fi electronics that permeate each track fall somewhere between cheesy B-movie and the queue music during Disney World's Space Mountain. For all of their songwriting blunders, the band does a solid job at injecting interesting, and perhaps unexpected, moments into each song. "Sovrarobotizzazione" for example, features a fretless bass riff that one wouldn't expect to hear in a black metal record. La Terra Rossa di Marte" is the album's most electronically dominated track and ends six minutes of meandered swirling with a surprise blues-guitar solo. The album's most effective track, "Droni" builds to a wailing electric guitar solo before being released back into the vacuum of space.

While ultimately enjoyable, U.M.A. is mostly an album that will be remembered for directionless song-writing and punchless production. The album is interesting in that the electronic elements sound fantastic, but the actual black metal and potatoes sounds watered-down and flavorless. Progenie Terrestre Pura are certainly driven and ambitious, but they haven't yet carved an entirely effective niché for themselves. Space is cool and all, but how much does atmospheric black metal actually have to sound in space in order to succeed artistically?

If Star Wars and Michael Machell have taught you anything, the answer is not very much.



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Yazz_Flute
June 26th 2013


18875 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I really enjoyed this at first, but it got flat really quickly.

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Hawks
June 26th 2013


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah this is alright.

Yazz_Flute
June 26th 2013


18875 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This review also appears on mediasnobs.com.

The album cover is still cool as shit.

zaruyache
June 26th 2013


7410 Comments


This is rated very highly on Rate Your Music, so people should probably check it out regardless.

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Yazz_Flute
June 27th 2013


18875 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah I mean, I could understand people enjoying this, it just comes off as really sterile to me.

Evreaia
June 27th 2013


4060 Comments


I really liked this.

To much faux bm in my life lately

InfamousGrouse
June 27th 2013


3592 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i remember listening to this when it was sitting pretty at #1 on rym

it was ehhh

Evreaia
June 27th 2013


4060 Comments


dat art will forever be sexy

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2013


8940 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

the art is overcomplicated and unfocused, just like the album

they threw far too much in one melting pot and forgot cohesion

burningbeard
June 27th 2013


114 Comments


Really good review, enjoyed reading it. My interest is piqued, will check out.

Yazz_Flute
June 27th 2013


18875 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

http://mediasnobs.com/music-review/progenie-terrestre-pura-u-m-a/

PunchforPunch
July 1st 2013


6280 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I don't really feel anything when I listen to this album

dragoth
July 3rd 2013


241 Comments


Covers pretty awesome, will have to check out

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kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 3rd 2013


4956 Comments


5/5 cover art

FrozenVain
July 8th 2013


2482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Shit I'm in space hard

AnimalsAsSummit
August 15th 2013


956 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fucked up rating. not traditional in the least, but the production/ combo of elements is space metal at its best.

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Hawks
August 15th 2013


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Dude listen to Darkspace instead.

AnimalsAsSummit
August 16th 2013


956 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Darkspace are always lovely but this rating is fucked. Everyone is comparing this to other black metal bands when that's barely even the genre. I'd say BM influence if anything. There's so much electronica/ambiance in this thing.

AnimalsAsSummit
August 16th 2013


956 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"The sci-fi electronics that permeate each track fall somewhere between cheesy B-movie and the queue music during Disney World's Space Mountain"

precisely why it sound so dam cool

Havey
September 4th 2013


9804 Comments


worst cover art ever what the fuck are you guys on about

will never check this out

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