CD review UADA ‘Djinn’

Slowly but steady, UADA’s fansbase is growing, mainly due to great musical craftsmanship that’s so far reflected on two longplayers. UADA was funded in 2014 and debuted two years later with ‘Devoid of Light’. ‘Cult of a Dying Sun’ was the next strike from the Portland-based quartet and sticking to a ‘every second year’ release pattern, UADA unveil this September their third album, an important one.

Record number three is often a crucial one, predicting the future of a band and in UADA’s case the blackened future looks bright. What these guys offer on ‘Djinn’ is Melodic Black Metal in great fashion. The quartet manage to have darkness and evil of Black Metal as one element in their music and there are a lot of furious part (‘The Absence of Matter’) embedded in each of the six songs. However, what UADA brings to the plate is much wider. There are well-placed tempo breaks that add a lot of variation to the mix and there are melodies, acting like tempting sirens that pulls you towards the abyss with one realizing it.

UADA are masters in songs with longer running times and the cornerstones are for sure ‘No Place Here’ and the closer ‘Between Two Worlds’, both nearly 14 minutes in length. Getting Black Metal music served in such an epical manner means more than merely counting on hoarse vocals and racing speed. ‘Between Two Worlds’ instead manifests the songwriting skills of the band that created an epos that starts hellish and doesn’t lose intensity along the way. Equipped with twist and unexpected move the glorious closer is the blackened finale of an album that gets with ‘Djinn’ out of the gates very well.

After having had solid ‘base hits’ with the first two album it’s ‘Djinn’ that smashes the ball out of the ballpark and scores the win. This album is a diabolic wrecking ball that has the potential of ending up in 2020 polls by the end of the year. Horns up.

Rating: 9 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Djinn
  2. The Great Mirage
  3. No Place Here
  4. In the Absence of Matter
  5. Forestless
  6. Between Two Worlds

Label: Eisenwald

Genre: Melodic Black Metal

Release Date EU: September 25th, 2020

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