URSA Set Nov. 2 Release for Abyss Between the Stars; Stream “Wizard’s Path”


Petaluma, California’s  URSA will make their full-length debut on Nov. 2 through Blood Music with Abyss Between the Stars, a collection of six tracks proffering spacious and crushing doom that, instead of dumbing itself down or curbing its own impulses to fit in with the traditions of the genre, finds room for newer-school tonality and atmospheres among classic nod and working methods. To wit, the double-kick behind new single “Wizard’s Path.” Straight out of earliest Candlemass, right? But they’re using it as a foundation for a section of screams as well before shifting back into the cleaner hook, and so there’s a communion with different genres happening in the track that only bodes well for what the rest of the album might have to offer. Preorders are up now if you’re into getting things out of the way early, and you can listen to the track at the bottom of this post.

Under, of course, the cover art and album info, which came down the PR wire:

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URSA announce new album “Abyss Between the Stars”, stream new single “Wizard’s Path”

In 2016, three-quarters of progressive black metal band Cormorant embarked on a new doom-driven project under the name of URSA. Fast forward to today and the band have confirmed the details of their debut album, “Abyss Between the Stars”, to be released via Blood Music on November 2nd. Pre-orders for the album are available here.

URSA are streaming the first new track off “Abyss Between the Stars”. Stream the crushing new single “Wizard’s Path” now.

“’Wizard’s Path’ is the first song we wrote when we started jamming together in early 2016,” Matt Solis says. “We knew we wanted this band to have an “epic fantasy” aesthetic in terms of the lyrics and overall presentation, and what better place to start than a journey through a mystical landscape teeming with esoteric danger? When I wrote the lyrics, I had one image in mind: a wizard with a beard full of eyeballs, which is actually a real-life painting by our friend Jesse Swanson, who created the artwork on this album. All told, this track is the essence of URSA: crushing riffs, epic vocals, fantastical lyrics and the elemental spirit of all things doom.”

Track List
1. Wizard’s Path
2. Dragon’s Beard
3. Serengeti Yeti
4. Thirteen Witches
5. Cave of the Spider King
6. The Mountain

URSA combine the traditional sensibilities of doom pioneers like Candlemass and Solitude Aeternus with progressive leanings à la Rush and Yes while being fully committed to a high-fantasy lyrical aesthetic, in the tradition of Cirith Ungol and Pagan Altar. Abyss Between the Stars features a collection of epic tales envisioning otherworldly beasts and beings.

The album was recorded with Tim Green (Melvins, Earthless, Wolves in The Throne Room) in the beautiful forest setting of Louder Studios in Grass Valley, CA. Vocalist/bassist Matt Solis says the recording of Abyss Between the Stars was in the band’s standard style:

“We always prefer to record live together, even in Cormorant, because we feel it captures the essence of who we are as musicians. There was nothing really unusual about what we did—this is loud-ass rock music with guitar, bass and drums, so we wanted to keep it pretty basic.”


URSA, “Wizard’s Path”

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