Ultha
All That Has Never Been True


4.0
excellent

Review

by Have you tried jamming Helcaraxe? CONTRIBUTOR (137 Reviews)
May 16th, 2024 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A Veil is Lifted

All That Has Never Been True is hypnotic in a way that few albums within the BM sphere are. It dabbles in tradition, for sure, with the bulk of tracks like “Der Alte Fiend'' carrying a weighty menace that conjures images of say, De Myteriis Dom Sathanas or Weakling’s Dead As Dreams. In these moments, the fuzzy tremolos are a driving motif, the blasts are raw and almost mesmerizing in their repetition, and the record is steeped in a murk more familiar to most bm fans. Ultha do not live in the shadows of their forefathers however, nor do they force progression where it needn’t be. It’d be more fair to say that they manipulate tradition into a contorted form of its own, with two tracks representing this in beautiful, dismal form- “Dispel” and “Bathed in Lightning, Bathed in Heat” (the latter of which is a contender for the most RADICAL bm song title of all time.) The former showcases an ascending tremolo that is a perfect balance of whimsical and wicked, introducing us to the beginning stages of an album that veers out to the edges of liminality and reality. The latter is, however, where the deep dive really begins, and is where the culmination of this record's identity lies. It begins in a trawling and suspenseful fashion, with (ofc) tremolos howling distantly, with what can only be described as a xylophone-esque lead haunting the forefront. As the noise swarms greatly and cackling dsbm-style wails begin to howl overhead, the veil is lifted, and reality starts to warp with imminence.

The even more patient but just as rewarding “Haloes in Reverse” shows this with a satisfying grimace, as dainty synth-work serves as both a catalyst and an amplification to some abso-***ing-lutely intense crashing cymbals and surprisingly meaty snarls, of which is offered respite by almost noir-esque basslines. Do not think smoky speakeasies and lacey-dressed women however, rather a nocturnal void that maintains an endless balance of dull static calm and sweltering heat-seeking chaos. It is frightening in the most unpredictable of patterns up to and including the end stage- “Rats gorged the Moon…and all fell silent”. The riffs are a simple sprawl of murkier power-chords that maintain an facade of normality, but the way the witchy wails only seem to grow in force paired with surprisingly warm and ethereal keys make for something that is the embodiment of “fever dream acid-induced hallucination”. This, while hardly the greatest moment of grandiose, is a paramount ending to an album dedicated to exploring the most shrouded realms of the human psyche, where melancholy and pain soon dissolve into nihil. In the depths of depravity only two things remain true-1) sadness is an inevitable absolute and 2)-this album rules. Jam it.



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Dedes
Contributing Reviewer
May 16th 2024


10090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ngl surprised this wasn't longer but I think I made my points. Damn this album is so goddamn cool

Hawks
May 17th 2024


89542 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sickkkkk gud alb.

zaruyache
May 17th 2024


27484 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

and then BAM an Ultha review!



great album but i always compare it more to Ash Borer worship than Weakling, except for the vox which are definitely very Gossard-y rasps. Or maybe that's Unru, I don't remember which is more ash borer-y, I confuse both bands' last albums lol.

Dedes
Contributing Reviewer
May 17th 2024


10090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah they state Ash Borer and Neurosis are big influences but I've never jammed Ash Borer lol

Orb
May 17th 2024


9415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

How the hell was this not reviewed yet? This and Converging Sins are essential bm!! Right onnnnnm

zaruyache
May 17th 2024


27484 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

check Cold of Ages if you wanna know where all the ash borer ideas come from lol.

Orb
May 17th 2024


9415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Another good one!

dachstheangry
May 17th 2024


250 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not sure about the screaming vocals, but everything else is fantastic.

wildinferno2010
May 17th 2024


1909 Comments


Man, I haven't thought about these guys in age. I remember Pain Cleanses Every Doubt being so fucking heavy

NightOnDrunkMountain
Contributing Reviewer
May 19th 2024


671 Comments


The riffs in Dispel are crazy

Frost15
May 20th 2024


3275 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

So glad to see this album getting a review. Still one of my fav 2022 albums. Two final review points are legit and true



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