Ur Draugr: With Hunger Undying
A progressive and paralysing Australian assault
It probably goes without saying for a lot of the material in Subterranea, but With Hunger Undying is not a release aimed at – or likely created by – shiny, happy people.
A dense and embittered opus, it’s an undeniably bleak work that takes a fair amount of spins for the listener to really get under its skin and understand it – or vice versa. Far from catchy and rarely straightforward in its attack, the band’s first full-length is an ever-shifting musical canvas, veering from tight and malevolently hypnotic mid-paced riffing to blasting passages through to creepy guitar meanderings and strangely angular guitar work.