Review from Smashing Skull Session

October 9, 2023
From: Smashing Skull Session
Published: October 5, 2023

Urbain is an American progressive black metal band that formed in 2020 and A Soul Purged is their debut album released by Hypnotic Dirge Records.

The band describes their style as urban black metal since their themes and concepts deal about modern urban dystopia and decay. A Soul Purged turned out a massive and innovative album. It consists of nine songs and four of them are relatively shorter instrumental songs that function as delightful and atmospheric bridges between the songs Perception, Without Conscience, A Soul Purged, Unseen and No God to Greet Me.

Urbain prove themselves geniuses in composing and producing a balanced album that beholds aggressiveness and progressiveness at the same time. Fragile and bombastic at times. 1990’s symphonic BM is in there and the vocals are divers with a filthy high-pitched shriek on most parts, but with some grunting and clean backing vocals mixed in there as well. Although completely different in sound, I wouldn’t be surprised that a band like Savatage, and was some sort of inspiration when it came to the writing and execution of orchestral arrangements, sensitive piano passages, multiple background vocals and wonderful guitar-solos. The pace in the songs alters between fasten your seatbelt, grooving midtempo and melancholic downtempo. On top of all this are well-thought thinking-man lyrics that deal about what Bill Hicks best described in his quote: “I’m tired of this back-slappin’ isn’t humanity neat bullshit. We’re a virus with shoes!”.

Because of aforementioned ingredients there’s plenty of variation what makes this on all levels a more than pleasant album to listen to over and over.
Fans of melodic, progressive, and atmospheric black metal will most definitely be interested in what Urbain has to offer. Surely one of those remarkable revelations in this genre. And mind you that this is only their debut album! I’m looking forward to what the future beholds even more for this band.

Reviewed by: Tim Pijnenburg


Review from Echoes Zine

September 16, 2023
From: Echoes-Zine
Published: August 24, 2023

Urbain jsou mladou kapelou, která si ostruhy teprve brousí. Zkušenosti si do ní muzikanti přinesli z řady jiných projektů, které se však obracely hlavně k death metalu. V Urbain se ovšem brousí jiné nářadí, a tak je na místě být zvědavý na to, jak se pracovní postupy nové kapely ustálí a získají na jistotě. Jisté však je, že na debutu, který se jmenuje A Soul Purged, už můžeme vidět kapelu, která si ...

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Review from Black Metal Daily

September 16, 2023
From: Black Metal Daily
Published: July 29, 2023

Footsteps trudge listlessly down concrete, barely making a sound, barely existing at all. For nobody here is truly alive, but merely moving; here in that place where what could be and could have been the beautiful whisper of a soft breeze through green leaves… is the soft illusory hum of motor, engine, turbine, and rubber on asphalt. There is beauty here, but what is beauty, if not Perception, a lie, a grace to the ever failing str...

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Review from Wonderbox Metal

July 26, 2023
From: Wonderbox Metal
Published: July 25, 2023

Urbain are a black metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

With a description of urban black metal, and a recommendation for fans of Emperor, White Ward, early Dimmu Borgir, and Cradle of Filth, I was intrigued to hear what Urbain had to offer. The fact that the band contain members of Ovnev and Wills Dissolve was further reason, if any were needed.

It turns out that the band references above are a good starting point for U...

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Review from Lack of Lies

July 19, 2023
From: Lack of Lies
Published: July 19, 2023

Einen äußerst interessanten und authentischen Vertreter des 3rd Wave Black Metal, stellt das Quintett URBAIN aus dem Südwesten Houstons dar. Mit ihrem Erstschlag "A Soul Purged" gehen die Novizen auf die Wesenheit Mensch mit all ihren Unzulänglichkeiten und den Verfall ihrer Werte, speziell im urbanen Umfeld ein. Bedächtig, teils aggressiv, aber zumeist in den mittleren Tempi angesiedelt, zieht man seine Bahnen im Dunstkreis, des got...

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Review from Infernal Masquerade

July 19, 2023
From: Infernal Masquerade
Published: July 10, 2023

We sometimes wonder how the guys over at Hypnotic Dirge Records have such a similar music taste to us. From highly melancholic, to extremely experimental releases, this label has landed another winner with Urbain’s release “A Soul Purged”. Hailing from Texas, this band feels like a mixture of Vesperian Sorrow, Limbonic Art, with some splashes of Dimmu Borgir. With nine brilliant and high-octane tracks, this release is one of ...

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Review from Metal Temple

July 19, 2023
From: Metal Temple
Published: July 10, 2023

From Bandcamp, “the debut album "A Soul Purged" is a cathartic scream into the void, a sonic portrait of a world spiraling into the depths of indifference and ignorance. For those with the stomach to face the unadulterated reality of our urban dystopia, URBAIN serves as a brutal yet thought-provoking guide, brandishing music as a torch to illuminate the darkness.” The album has nine songs. “Perception” is the first. Charming piano...

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Released: July 28, 2023
Genre: Melodic Black Metal

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