UMBAH

Industrial Metal • United Kingdom
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Umbah is an electro/extreme metal project with an avant-garde touch.

From Umbah's 2012 prpmo material: "Born in 1990 by the will of Cal Scott, once guitarist for UK's death/grind act Necrosanct, UMBAH is the metal equivalent of the indecipherable nightmares of an alien computer-god with serious mental illness and destructive appetites. "I compute, therefore I am", he repeats to himself while he deletes with a simple gesture what's left of the human race: a file into a recycle bin, waiting for permanent erasure... Only partially assimilable to other sonic extremists like Cephalic Carnage, Obscura, The Berzerker, Meshuggah, Fear Factory and Skinny Puppy, UMBAH speaks with its own voice. Despite the countless albums behind his back, Cal Scott's approach is still that of a space explorer. He ventures into unknown territories hungry with new experiences and discoveries, and not afraid of experimenting with complex mechanical textures and contaminated metal sounds."
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UMBAH Continuum album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Continuum
Industrial Metal 1996
UMBAH Solaris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Solaris
Industrial Metal 1997
UMBAH Xominod album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Xominod
Industrial Metal 1998
UMBAH 7 Days of Horror album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
7 Days of Horror
Industrial Metal 1999
UMBAH Obliticus album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Obliticus
Industrial Metal 2000
UMBAH Slain album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Slain
Industrial Metal 2001
UMBAH Octupi album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Octupi
Industrial Metal 2002
UMBAH Canvass album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Canvass
Industrial Metal 2003
UMBAH Alien Beauty album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alien Beauty
Industrial Metal 2005
UMBAH Grimlock Saris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Grimlock Saris
Industrial Metal 2006
UMBAH Trilobeth album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trilobeth
Industrial Metal 2007
UMBAH Aradrolos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Aradrolos
Industrial Metal 2009
UMBAH Astronomicon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Astronomicon
Industrial Metal 2012
UMBAH Enter the Dagobah Core album cover 3.59 | 2 ratings
Enter the Dagobah Core
Industrial Metal 2012
UMBAH A Snarly Tangled Quandary album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Snarly Tangled Quandary
Industrial Metal 2013
UMBAH Spaceborn Scourge album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spaceborn Scourge
Industrial Metal 2015
UMBAH The Scripts of Kaman Farix album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Scripts of Kaman Farix
Industrial Metal 2015
UMBAH Cyborgial Schizms album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cyborgial Schizms
Industrial Metal 2015
UMBAH Chaoss in the Skies album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chaoss in the Skies
Industrial Metal 2015
UMBAH Space Prison of Astrol Iyuntis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Space Prison of Astrol Iyuntis
Industrial Metal 2015
UMBAH Surreal Frenzy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Surreal Frenzy
Industrial Metal 2016

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UMBAH Extraterrestrial Ecological album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Extraterrestrial Ecological
Industrial Metal 2014

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UMBAH Oblivion Cries album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Oblivion Cries
Industrial Metal 1990
UMBAH Incurable Coppertunner album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Incurable Coppertunner
Industrial Metal 1992
UMBAH Solacity Entwined album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Solacity Entwined
Industrial Metal 1995

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UMBAH Enter the Dagobah Core

Album · 2012 · Industrial Metal
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Whispers of a dying sun...

Genre: avant-garde extreme industrial metal

With a release from I, Voidhanger Records and affiliated labels, you can be certain about one thing: it is bound to be an interesting experience – whether you actually like the music or not, you know that, at least, you are going to embark on an interesting musical journey. Thus, while quite different from many of the other acts associated with I, Voidhanger Records, the British madman electro-metal project Umbah is a fitting artist to release through this label.

Enter the Dagobah Core, which is the thirteenth album to be released by Cal Scott under the Umbah monicker, is definitely an instance of an extreme music release. Combining extreme metal with extreme electronica, Scott takes the listener on a chaotic and often mind-boggling journey to the Dagobah core and back (Star Wars reference noted, by the way) through songs that combine elements from death metal, thrash metal, grindcore and even some hardcore punk with various types of extreme techno music whose genres label I cannot name due to my lack of insight into electronic music.

The overall approach of the album is one of avant-garde chaos, as every song is a flurry of riffs and electronic drumbeats – most of the time emulating drum patterns from exterme metal and sometimes more obviously electronica-derived – and contains numerous shifts, changes and impressions. As a bonus, the guitar leads occasionally go off on a Spheres-era Pestilence-ish jazz fusion path. The vocals which are at times growled, at times screamed, at times sung, and at times processed and enhanced digitally, pretty much reflect the overall chaotic feel that there is to Enter the Dagobah Core. However, the more you listen to the album – if you can take it (in all fairness, this is not easy listening music) – the more you realize that there is absolute order to this chaos.

This release is interesting. Is it good? I think it is. I think that there are a lot of positive qualities to Enter the Dagobah Core, but it is also an extremely challenging listen that requires a lot from its listener. Fans of both extreme metal and extreme electronica who are interested to hear what those two genres combined might sound like should check this release out.

(review originally posted at seaoftranquility.org)

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