Thursday, December 15, 2011
Uzala - "Uzala" (2012) [At War With False Noise/Witch Sermon]
Boise, Idaho, newcomers Uzala, fronted by extraordinarily talented tattoo-artist-couple Chad Remains (guitars and "hellish vocals") and Darcy Nutt (bass and vocals), while still paying homage to where it is due, brings some long-overdue ambition to a style that is, frankly, stuck in the past. Warm, fuzzy, Sunn-head-into-Orange-cab guitars deliver a happy medium between spacey psychedelia, rocking riffs, and pummeling, ever so slow doom metal. Joining the ranks of fellow female-fronted doom metal bands as The Wounded Kings and Jex Thoth, Uzala's "modern vintage" sound is both oddly familiar as it is strikingly fresh, drawing upon signature, classic doom metal ideas and modern, expansive atmospheres. A creeping dream, Uzala might be gentle and slow one minute, but at any given moment could explode into a hellish, metallic groove. To put it frankly, Uzala is absolutely fucking sweet.
Uzala absolutely impressed me with their self-titled debut album, and instilled me with a little hope for traditional-leaning doom metal bands. Is ambition contagious? I certainly hope so. Be sure to pick up a copy of this stellar album on LP from At War With False Noise or cassette (with a special bonus track) from Witch Sermon Productions. 2012 is panning out to be a big year for Uzala, so be sure to keep an eye out for a 10" on King of the Monsters Records and a split with fellow "Gloomy Sunday" coverers Pallbearer. Things are looking good for Uzala, mighty good, indeed.