Review Summary: Icy tremz of death!!!
There’s always certain bands that bring back the sounds of classic periods of music. Doesn’t matter the genre. Metal, hip-hop, pop, all of these genres have modern artists who pay homage to their peers that came before them. Uada is a melodic black metal band hailing from the frozen wastelands of....Portland, Oregon. Yes that’s right, this band isn’t from Sweden or Norway or anywhere else in Europe, but by the sound of them you wouldn’t know that.
Cult of a Dying Sun
is the second album by these guys and it wastes no time getting to the point. You would think you just entered a ***ing Dissection album when these riffs hit you in the face. Uada lets the listener know from the opening track that they mean business. The main difference between an album like this and something like The Somberlain
is the production. Everything on this album is crystal clear. Nothing is muffled or buried in the mix. The vocals are menacing. Not quite the normal black metal shriek. More of a wail of pain and suffering with some occasional death growls thrown in for good measure.
When you really break it down, the key to a successful melodic black metal album is simple. If you can achieve the perfect balance between catchy melodies and riffs while still maintaining the ferocity and hatred that really is the essence of black metal, then you’ll be successful. Uada do that and they do it exceptionally well. So if you like to headbang to some catchy tunes, get your head bashed in by some ice cold trems and listen to the turmoil of other humans via music, Cult of a Dying Sun
should definitely be on your check list.