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Following on from their outstanding debut ‘Serpent & Spirit’, London’s URNE are preparing for the release of their most intense opus to date. Find out more about ‘A Feast on Sorrow’ from frontman, Joe Nally…

London metal trio, URNE, have today announced details of their deeply personal second studio album, ‘A Feast On Sorrow’…

Due for release on August 11th via Candlelight Records, ‘A Feast On Sorrow‘ is a stark rumination on the grim inevitabilities of disease, dementia and deterioration in old age, felt intimately by URNE frontman, Joe Nally.

Pre-order ‘A Feast On Sorrow‘ HERE.

Joe Duplantier, frontman of modern metal goliaths, Gojira, unexpectedly reached out to the band directly, – having been a fan of the band’s debut album, ‘Serpent & Spirit‘ – offering URNE the opportunity to record with him at his Silver Cord Studio in Brooklyn,   New York.

Joe NallyUrne frontman adds;

We had many ups and downs throughout this process, but the end result is something the three of us are extremely proud of.

Having the honour to travel to New York to work alongside Joe Duplantier and Johann Meyer on this record is something we didn’t think would be possible and, on top of that, to have Ted Jensen master this record, has been an experience we once dreamed of.

This whole album is extremely personal for me. It’s made me grow as a person and has also helped me understand the grieving process better than before. This isn’t a joyful or uplifting record, it’s very raw and real, and when the opportunity to work with Joe came to be, we all knew he was the perfect person to capture the message of this record.”

Additionally, URNE have released the first track taken from ‘A Feast On Sorrow‘, titled “Becoming The Ocean.” The track is arguably the most immediate entry into the maelstrom, using Nally’s life, watching the waves batter England’s sweeping South Coast as a metaphor for the pressure a family feels drowning in the suffering of one of their own.

Pre-orders for the album are now live and can be accessed here.

Nally comments on the album: “There are times in life when it feels like darkness will consume the light. Suffering. Loss. The emptiness that follows. At a distance, we can steel ourselves against the grim inevitabilities of disease, dementia and deterioration in old age, but when more intimately faced with their impact, it becomes easy to imagine some hidden demon gorging on the misery wrought. From such pain was birthed URNE’s savage second album, ‘A Feast On Sorrow‘.

There were a lot of dark times,” sighs the  frontman. “Losing people is a horrible thing; when the reality hits, it shocks. I was full of pent-up emotion – anger, confusion – and I could only seem to release that through aggression. This is much darker. There were quite a few ‘fun’ elements to our first LP ‘Serpent & Spirit’. There aren’t many of those here.”

Alongside mercurial guitarist, Angus Neyra, and newly-recruited master drummer James Cook, the mission was to create something definitive. Unexpectedly, they’d be assisted in that by Gojira frontman, Joe Duplantier – already a vocal fan of the band – who invited the Londoners to record at his Silver Cord studio in Brooklyn, New York, and came onboard to produce.

From blistering opener, “The Flood Came Rushing In“, and the brutalist introspection of “To Die Twice” to epic 11-minute pillars, “A Stumble Of Words“, and “The Longer Goodbye/Where Do The Memories Go”, the blend of wreckage and release is utterly breath-taking.

The personal story I’m telling in this album is still ongoing, but it feels like I’ve been able to say what I needed to say,” Nally concludes. “It was an incredibly cathartic experience to be able to write this album, to scream it, to hear it back. I’ve got my emotions out. I’ve got my meaning out. I’ve got my message out. What I needed to do is done.
URNE are:

Angus Neyra – lead guitar

Joe Nally – bass & vocals

James Cook – drums

Catch URNE on the Ronnie James Dio stage at Bloodstock Festival this coming August.

Oran O’Beirne

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