Urraca

by Sunless

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Urraca

Engineered by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone, Minneapolis, MN.
Mixed and Mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves, Woodhaven, Queens, NY.

Music on I, III, IV, V, VI, VIII, IX by Schooler
Music on II by Notsch
Music on VII by Scott
Percussion on I - IX by Iburg

Recorded under the black moon of October, 2016.

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“Overall reminding me of both Baring Teeth and Imperial Triumphant, but crossbred together into one bizarre forward-thinking force… Urraca never feels like a mindless derivative experience without anything fresh brought to the table of their own.” – Metal Injection

“…a Gorguts-ian psychedelic death metal trip that will impress with their technical proficiency as much as their ability to craft attention-grabbing and captivating songs… Even at their most dissonant, everything locks together nicely without any one thing sounding like it’s dripping with sonic highlighter.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

“…SUNLESS are one of the best bands to come into the scene, and Urraca is a monstrous debut. They feel new and fresh in spite of their obvious influences, which is more than can be said for many other bands out there. So why should you care about Sunless? Because they fucking crush the competition. 5/5″ – Toilet Ov Hell

“…SUNLESS delivers a crumbling, discordant take on death metal akin to all the bands mentioned above, and does it rather well.” – Teeth Of The Divine

“SUNLESS have reignited my passion for strange, experimental and abstract extreme metal with a confident and frequently engaging album. Consistently very good and occasionally great, Urraca is an accomplished debut that demands your time and attention to unlock the myriad of intricacies hidden within the jolting barrage. It’s by no means a comfortable listen, but the rewards are well worth the extra effort.” – Angry Metal Guy

There’s a definite expansiveness to their playing, and all of the instruments gel so seamlessly into this captivating blend of hellish sounds that it’s hard not to be drawn in.” – Echoes And Dust

“This is not facile or easily discarded music at all. There’s also much more of an emotive edge here than is the norm for this kind of thing, with light and shade being used well to enhance this approach where appropriate.” – Wonderbox Metal

“…these songs are tight and eminently listenable while still being technically and rhythmically complex.” – Indy Metal Vault

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credits

released February 24, 2017

Ben Iburg - Drums
Mitch Schooler - Bass, Guitars
Lucas Scott - Guitars, Vocals

Lyrics, artwork, and layout by Andrew Notsch
Logo by Stephen Wilson (Unknown Relic)

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Track Name: Wishes Fallen on Deafened Ears
Awoken are the beasts below
Malignant spirits uncontacted for centuries
Long forgotten
Their restraints broken
Passing through the void between spirit and man
The elders prayed for forgiveness
Wishes fallen on deafened ears
Track Name: Gathering at the Skull’s Eye
Their botanic kingdom falls in the blink of an eye
From green prosperity to browning waste
Crops destroyed
Rivers ran dry
Dew forms no longer upon the withered flora
Their cruel marks remain deep and forlorn
A reminder of past suffering
Elders gather with the setting sun
A once golden stretch of sky
Now built of black and grey
Site marked by dead grass and discarded bones
Under the cover of darkness
They recite their plea
Track Name: Aberrant Clime
Life perpetuates life
An endless cycle
Day chased from the sky
The endless cycle of black and white
Consistently steadfast
They found their sustenance beyond the plane
Until the deluge broke that cadence
The once arid expanse burgeoning with verdant breath
Finally, a people can flourish
Track Name: Born of Clay
A lifeless expanse sits beneath a vociferous sky
A bolide flood from the furthest depths
From the arid remains of storm ravished land
A slurry forms of ash and bone
Fruition constructed at the hand of light and wind
The mortal world now in permanence
The first generation of human existence
Shaping the land with muddy palms
Their own creation amidst the caverns
Construction of stick and loam
Woven seamlessly with that of their creator
This village has its dawn amongst the canyons
Track Name: Obsidian Wing
Shadows form across the sun
A gathering of black in midday sky
Circling above their homes
A torrent of feathers, beaks and soot
Descends upon their nation
A presence marked by prevailing winds
Gone as quickly as they came
A preface of what’s to come
Track Name: Windswept Rock
The earth is unchanged, careless
A blip in time at its capacity
All is forgotten
All is forgiven
The doorway now closed
Shaman guarded
Bathed in blue
Of the six, only two remain
Track Name: The Ancient Ones
Darkened apparitions
Devoid of space and time
Overseers of the doorway
Protection for future visitors
The mistakes of their ancestors
Will not be repeated
Track Name: Magpie
Totems constructed by withering hands
Birds of black scattered throughout the sky
They hold the key to decimation
A circle of impending destruction
Slowly spinning above the rocks
Foretold are the images of diamond-shaped eyes
Thwarting those above
Track Name: Disintegration of Man
Rains will no longer fall
Plants will no longer grow
Sun rays pummel earthward
What life was left now crumbles under foot
Creatures arise from worlds beyond
Still flowing from this open dimension
Sent to erase their existence
They will pay for their avarice