radikaliai!, the webzine of Lithuanian culture has mentioned ‘Secret Catharsis’ as one of this country’s memorable releases for 2014. Released on its own in 2014, it is now part of the recently released retrospective “Obscurity”.
In the words of Loikav (responsible for all writing, performing, recording and mixing):
“Obscurity” is a compilation album which brings together the one-off, experimental, and mostly previously unreleased Uvikra music.
It consists of two main sources – Firstly, the lost black metal (and otherwise) sessions of 2012. These songs were recorded only as demos for fun. Warning: These tracks are very raw and muddy.
Secondly, the most recent recordings. There were two doom/death metal songs recorded in December 2013 – “Secret Catharsis” (a song previously issued as a single) and “Manifesting Changes”. And lastly, the eponymous song “Uvikra” was recorded in July 2014, and it’s a proggy instrumental.
Obtain ‘Secret Catharsis’ along with a gathering of notable music produced by this singular artist.
There are plans for a physical release in the near future,
The cover art for Uvikra’s ‘Fulfill Thee’ has been updated:
“I definitely recommend that you check this one out as I haven’t really heard anything like it before.” 8/10 The Grim Tower
“…massively under appreciated.” This Noise Is Ours
Currently available as a digital download on the label Bandcamp:
For this release and the complete Uvikradiscography please visit Uvikra Bandcamp
A new single, “Secret Catharsis” is also available on the Uvikra Bandcamp page. It is available as a FREE download.
This song was recorded in December 2013, and it combines the direction of “Fulfill Thee” along with the older Uvikra sound. This is a stand-alone single because there probably won’t be a whole album in this style.
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This review originally appeared on The Grim Tower Week 103 (March 4 2013)
As you may know, the last album from this Lithuanian Doom/Sludge act did not do so well on the old Grim Tower blog. But something happened between then and now (even though the guitars are still emulated) and I have to point it out as a welcome change. Though short, Fulfill Thee attempts to mix 60′s prog rock with doom/death/sludge metal. It’s not something I’ve ever heard before, so I was definitely taken aback by it. Loikav isn’t the greatest clean singer, but the effort is there and I’ll consider it. His harsh vocal gravel sounds just fine, however. “Invisible Wall 4:31″ channels the 60′s prog perfectly, as “Full Circle 3:55″ seems to play with folk rock. There’s still quite a bit of doom here however, and I do like the catchy melody near the end of the piece. “Conditional Hell 3:08″ sounds like a ghost singing the blues, albeit with some other odd influences. There’s no metal to note, but it makes for an interesting atmosphere. “Raped By Life 3:38″ features more of the doom/death and it kind of drones a little, but they can’t all be perfect; right? “Turning Wheels 3:20″ sounds like hypnotic rock that builds into weird death metal. These riffs are very obscure, but they seem to work. “Chasing The Wind 4:01″ has the same hypnotic effect, but tends to lean towards acoustics and a sort of distressed clean vocal which work well for the piece. It’s done quite well. “Episodic 5:19″ mixes those acoustics in with the death metal and still some odd melodies. Again, this whole thing just sounds odd and that’s what I like so much about it. Yeah, you could say he’s playing a little off-key in areas; but that makes it sound different. The last track here is “As It Stands 5:25″ which brings back the death metal and adds some atmosphere, but it’s nothing truly memorable.
Uvikra managed to surprise me with this one. While I wish that Loikav would use a real electric guitar instead of a program, Fulfill Thee is still done well enough and shows that he’s got an old acoustic somewhere that he likes to fiddle around sometimes. The acoustic, blues and rock sections of the disc are quite interesting, yet also weird and oblong at times; which make for an interesting album. I definitely recommend that you check this one out as I haven’t really heard anything like it before.
Highlights: Invisible Wall, Full Circle, Conditional Hell, Turning Wheels, Chasing The Wind, Episodic (8 Tracks, 33:00)