With a handful of singles and a slew of live performances behind them, metalcore quartet Ursus back up the mounting hype that surrounds them with their debut EP, ‘YourGodIsDead’.
Hitting full throttle from the get go, ‘YourGodIsDead’ opens up with its assaulting title-track. Filled with a passionate and varied vocal performance from Joe Grimes, it flits between crushing guitars, thundering percussion, and melodic passages that offset the industrial undercurrent. Held together by the twisting guitar melodies of James Matthews, it lays out what Ursus are all about at a unrelenting speed.
With ‘Dead Eyes’ and ‘I, The Fear’, the British newcomers showcase that they’re more than capable of playing within both sides of the metalcore spectrum; the former plays a more melodic hand, whilst the latter is an exercise in crushing guitars and guttural vocals. However, it’s ‘Self Affliction’ that uncovers what Ursus have under their sleeve.
Hinging on clustered moments of fury, snapping drums, and driving guitars, ‘Self Affliction’ looks to fall apart at any given second. Utilising artificial harmonics, off filter breakdowns, and unexpected moments of harmony, it takes us on a ride through the multiple facets of the group’s cataclysmic take on metalcore.
Following on from the ambient reprieve of ‘I, The Fear’‘s coda, ‘Totem’ dives headfirst into blistering guitars and frenzied drum patterns. Melding ambient passages and clean vocals into their unforgiving sound, Ursus show a glimpse of what they could bring to a full-length record.
With a keen eye for detail, Ursus have married technical proficiency with a savage approach to metalcore, and with ‘YourGodIsDead’ serving a bloodthirsty collection of tracks, Ursus looks to be a band with a lot of potential.