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A Soul Purged

by Urbain

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Umbra Cornuta
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Umbra Cornuta Urbain framed a great thematically atmosphere with this black metal album. The fusion of symphonic touches, raving vocals, dissonant bits and parts or melodic interludes makes it one of a kind. Each song's lyrics mirror the sad urban reality and its unceasingly decline. Cities become too small to contain us and our greedy egos.
Yoma, thanks for the feed. I'll join you under that bridge. Favorite track: Unseen.
bmurator
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bmurator US Progressive Black Metal. The way the piano weaves in out of BM & those vocals is pure magic! Plus this is a debut, from totally accomplished musicians (Ovnev & others!) but still! It kicks & I definitely want much more! Highly recommended!!!
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YomaBarr OK, normally I'm not a big fan of synth ridden stuff, but this grabbed me and won't let go. Makes me want to sell my flat and go live under a bridge. Urban dystopia, indeed!
The piano parts are beyond beauty though.

Umbra, anytime ;)
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Funeral Fog Symphonic dystopian epic black metal, with subtle death-doom sections. This album is something that wraps itself around you like a possessed moth. Favorite track: A Soul Purged.
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1.
Perception 07:58
I am reality That which you see I am the arbitrator Believe not your eyes I alone will determine your truth Defending you from detraction Denying you from soothsayers' lies I am the ego, protector of your fragility Bringer of adulation, shield from all hostility I am reality, truth bears no relevance But what of the ego? It matters not in my presence For I am the one who decides what's real And if truth comes before me, it shall still remain concealed I am perception, born of your desire With a spear in truth's side, I set your truth on fire No tears, only a grin from eye to eye For I, have saved you from contradiction and lies I am perception, born of your desire With a spear in truth's side, I set your truth on fire No tears, only a grin from eye to eye For I, have saved you from contradiction and lies
2.
C.A.F.O. 01:39
3.
The beast lives in fear, tormented and caged Starving for love, its soul enraged A darkness fills the air, cruelty with no respect Force-fed, its spirit wrecked We are no different than the beast Our thirst for blood, our desire to feast What drives man's incessant cruelty? Is it power, his lord and savior, or blasphemy? Indifferent to the suffering, a heart of stone Man forgets the creature, the beast alone Hung high, Bled Dry, a sacrifice to the dark Wet markets in the east, a bloodbath that leaves its mark Confined feeding in the west, a slaughter without end A slaughter without end The beast and us, we are one and the same In the darkness, we thrive, in the fire we bathe A symphony of screams, a chorus of pain The beast and us, we are one and the same In the darkness, we thrive, in the fire we bathe A symphony of screams, Belial Enflamed The beast and us, Denial sustained A world in chaos, our throne we claim In the darkness, we'll forever reign The beast and us, united we stand In eternal night, the devil's hand. The world in chaos, our throne we claim In the darkness, we'll forever reign The beast and us, united we stand In eternal night, the devil's hand The beast and us.
4.
Lockdown 01:59
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The soul in fervor, releases the poison within, Actions of man repugnant, with interest only in themselves, Truth is dead, lies fill the vacuum left behind, As leaders of vermin exploit it to soothe their fragile minds Anima, Animus, Ad limen nauseam Veritas, Est Mortuus Et regulae VERMES Invaded by the unseen, a foe that brings us to our knees, Graves fill by the thousands, our well-being in distress, Empathy becomes secondary to the self-absorbed disease A soul heaves with nothing to give, emptiness a plague, I saw hate Like roots begging for water that never comes, our emotions toxic, This new world, our humanity in chaos Our humanity in chaos We struggle to survive, in this human depression, Desperately seeking connection, to break free from this obsession, But the darkness that surrounds us, makes it hard to see the light, As we fight to reclaim our souls, and emerge from this endless night Vulnerable soul All alone Forced to see Compelled to be
6.
Bissonnet 01:58
7.
Unseen 05:13
A light so dim, under lock and key Freedom confiscated, they took it from me A knock at the door, I know what's coming Giving myself to strangers, they're coming I am unseen, a forgotten soul Left to suffer, out of control Moonlight reflects off the pavement Pacing relentlessly across a city block Under the watchful eye of evil Losing myself to strangers, it’s lethal Broken spirit, abandonment of hope, Empty Promises are all they know My life's become a nightmare, with no escape Trapped in a cycle, with no reprieve or break I long for the day, when I'll be free Till then, I am unseen, a nobody A life becomes a nightmare, with no escape Trapped in a cycle, demonic embrace I long for the day, when I'll be free Till then, I am unseen, their puppet to be I wait for the day, when I'll break free Till then, I am unseen, their devilish decree I long for the day, when I'll be free Till then, I am unseen, their puppet to be
8.
Nihilophobia 01:05
9.
Life has come to an end Time is done, and now I ascend To become one with those who passed before I am ready to walk through heaven's door But there was no God to greet me No paradise, No savior to set me free But there is no God to meet me No Eternal Life, No answers, just a pitch black sea Everything I was taught was a lie No afterlife, just a final goodbye No pearly gates, no judgment seat No angels singing, no devils Everything I was taught was a lie No afterlife, just a final goodbye No fiery gates, no infernal king No demons laughing No God nor devil to confer I just wish I had more time The truth is bitter, the realization harsh All my life, I have followed a false march Now I stand here, at the edge of eternity My only wish, was to have more time. With clarity My journey ends, in this dark abyss No light, no love, nothing real exists I face the end, with open eyes And embrace the nothingness, without…without lies A Life came to an end But could not ascend No Veil to transcend

about

Urbain's debut album "A Soul Purged" is a cathartic scream into the void, a sonic portrait of a world spiraling into the depths of indifference and ignorance. For those with the stomach to face the unadulterated reality of our urban dystopia, Urbain serves as a brutal yet thought-provoking guide, brandishing music as a torch to illuminate the darkness.

Drawing its somber inspirations from the fallout of a pandemic that stripped cities down to their marrow - revealing the ominous DNA coiled within - Urbain reflects upon the despair that lurks beneath the surface of urban life. From our ego's toxic grip on our perceptions to our dwindling connection with nature and the very sustenance we consume, the band brings to the surface the grotesque nature of our everyday reality. With every scream and shattering guitar riff, Urbain exposes a world where empathy is eclipsed by the self-absorption of the modern denizen, a disturbing commentary on our times. And then Urbain goes further by peeling back even darker layers of the city's skin - taking a critical and daring plunge into the abyss of human trafficking, unafraid to confront the sinister side of urban life, a societal malignancy that goes largely unseen.

The band’s visceral expression of this painful reality is meant to strike a chord that resonates deep within our collective conscience. With "A Soul Purged," Urbain offers a brutally candid sonic reflection of our times, an outcry against the inhumane aspects of modern urban life.

credits

released July 28, 2023

Andrew Caruana: Guitars, Bass Guitar, and Backing Vocals
Branson Heinz: Drums and Bass Guitar
West Maddox: Guitars and Backing Vocals
Shaurabh Nandy: Keys and Synth
Jerik Thibodeaux: Vocals

Concept: Branson Heinz and West Maddox
Lyrics: Branson Heinz and Jerik Thibodeaux
Additional Vocals and Programming: Nick Block
Orchestral Arrangements: Shaurabh Nandy
Production: Andrew Caruana
Songwriting: Andrew Caruana, Branson Heinz, and West Maddox
Band Photography: Rick Custer

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"Overall, this was an excellent slab of Black Metal that proves that you can still stick to the foundations of the genre, but also strike out on your own. It was diverse, powerful, touching at times, and wrapped up tightly with a black gift bow."
-Metal Temple

"We sometimes wonder how the guys over at Hypnotic Dirge Records have such a similar music taste to us. From highly melancholic, to extremely experimental releases, this label has landed another winner with Urbain’s release “A Soul Purged”. Hailing from Texas, this band feels like a mixture of Vesperian Sorrow, Limbonic Art, with some splashes of Dimmu Borgir. With nine brilliant and high-octane tracks, this release is one of our early candidates for album of the year for 2023."
-Infernal Masquerade

"A Soul Purged is a satisfying album of old-school symphonic black metal, with a modern twist. Highly recommended."
-Wonderbox Metal

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