Black Metallers Ultha may espouse a different set of values than most. While not ends of the spectrum - Watain at one end, Antestor at the other - the Germans occupy a peculiar place, where the main thematic information isn’t part of an external mythology but rather a deeply internal input.
Certainly, darkness prevails across Ultha’s three-album discography, but it’s not of or in response to Abrahamic tentacles. Or, anything inspired or informed by such things. Rather, Ultha convey the shadows of personal struggle, the demons of doubt, and the fires of failure. Both musically and lyrically, these factors play a role in the way Ultha approach darkness in Black Metal. New album, The Inextricable Wandering, centers on these themes singularly as it grasps into the psychological abyss of self for greater meaning. That it continues yet expands upon 2016’s excellently received Converging Sins isn’t a given but rather a promise.