Norwegian Extreme metal act ILLT unchain their ferocious debut album titled “Urhat” today! Listen to this raw, mind-blowing Extreme metal record here: https://orcd.co/urhat!
ILLT is the alter ego of Norwegian composer and guitarist Roy Westad. It’s an uncompromising sandbox and a culmination of decades of passion and love for extreme metal as an art form. His debut album features session musicians from Megadeth, Soilwork, Chrome Division and Nile. The album was mixed by Kurt Ballou @ Godcity and mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Alan Douches.
“Urhat” is described as “the absolute novelty in the world of extreme metal” by MetalHead IT, while Everything Is Noise defines the album as ‘a ferocious, elegantly executed blackened death metal masterpiece that is among the finest in its genre.”
The mastermind behind “Urhat”, the talented Roy Westad, started out as a guitarist before establishing himself as a film composer back in 2008. Since then, he has been involved in countless film and TV projects and received the Norwegian Emmy for Best Original Score in 2014. But he always held extreme metal close to his heart. In some ways, things are now coming full circle. His background as a guitarist helped form his style as a film composer, and his film scoring career has helped in developing the form of ILLT.
Now he’s ready to unleash his debut «Urhat» (meaning something like «ancient hate» in Norwegian) on the world! With him on the album are some well-known names in metal; Dirk Verbeuren on drums (Megadeth), Speed Strid on vocals (Soilwork), as well as lead guitarists Karl Sanders (Nile) and Mr.Damage from Chrome Division. The album is an eclectic yet seamless blend of groovy and blackened death/thrash/ doom/rock. Brutal yet melodic, modern yet raw.
ILLT states: «I have a pretty schizophrenic musical taste, I’m quickly bored, and I hate rules and boundaries. This album was written by pure instinct on my own terms, and the result is a genre-defying and emotional ride through intense riff-based metal». The lyrical themes are centered around anger, hopelessness and contempt for the human race, and deal with the darkest sides of religion, politics and de-evolution.
The music of “Urhat” is pealing off the rotten layers of the world track by track!
1. Millennial Judas
2. Sons Of The Northern Lights
3. Scythian King
4. Blood Of The Unbeliever
5. Every Tree A Gallow
6. The End Of All Things
Urhat – Credits:
Vocals: Björn Strid
Guitars & Bass: ILLT
Drums: Dirk Verbeuren
Lead Guitars: Mr.Damage, Karl Sanders (Nile)
Music & Lyrics by ILLT
Mixed by Kurt Ballou
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music
Edited by Daniel Holteberg Jensen
Artwork by Carl Stjärnlöv