URGEHAL - THROUGH THICK FOG TIL DEATH - SOUTHERN LORD
Through Thick Fog Til Death was first released by Poland's fledgling Agonia Records in 2003 and only now has been licensed for North America by Southern Lord Recordings and issued with bonus live songs. The band is everything a fan could want from Norwegian black metal. The vocalist croaks like of Immortal, the music is raw and inspired by Satyricon, Tsjuder and Immortal, except for the magnificent Dead Cold December with its massive Dissection influence and very early Destruction vocal phrasing - brilliant. This album just gets better and better! Cutting to the chase, Urgehal is as grim and cold as the sweeping wind on a Norwegian cliff. They will play this album upon mankind's funeral. - Ali "The Metallian"
URGEHAL - GOATCRAFT TORMENT - SOUTHERN LORD
Urgehal is a Norwegian band with great intentions and a purity of purpose. Hell-bent on preserving the legacy of true black metal and the honour of its national scene, the Norwegians wrap their evil in harsh tones, cold screams and a dark aura to present an album that would sit well next to offerings from Tsjuder or 1349. As if titles like Goatcraft Torment, Satanic Black Metal In Hell or Sentiment Of Chaos do not enlighten one entirely the album begins with a declaration that, “this is Satanic black metal.” Now, last anyone older than twelve years old checked 'Satanic' was the only kind of black metal. This fact being manifest to all but a select few (namely writers for big commercial magazines and teenage goth girls) that announcement and titles like the aforenamed Satanic Black Metal In Hell are wholly redundant. Beyond that dilemma, the band is in its element when raging at high speeds with the bass guitar driving along. When pumping metal at full velocity the band takes a life of its own, while the more mid-paced tracks somehow lack a similar punch. The lyrics are divided between English and Norwegian; yet generally follow a sadistic/Satanic streak. A mistaken biography misspelling the band’s name and a song called and spelt Antireligios not withstanding Urgehal can do little wrong. - Ali “The Metallian”