Uada are a band from Portland, Oregon that plays a very raw and melodic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2016 album 'Devoid Of Light" which will be released in April by Eisenwald.
A very dark and melodic sound starts off the album before mixing it in with a more raw black metal sound that also utilizes a great amount of blast beats and you can also hear a lot of 90's Swedish black metal influences in t he bands musical style while the vocals are mostly grim yet high pitched screams.
Throughout the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the solos and leads also remain very true to a very melodic musical style and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
All of the songs have a very vintage Swedish style to them and the band plays it so perfectly that most people would assume this is a veteran band from that country and would be surprised to find out there are from the northwestern region of the United States and the vocals also get very deep at times bring in a slight death metal influence while also adding depressive screams into some parts of the songs and the fast riffs also bring in a great amount of tremolo picking and as the album progresses the music starts getting a bit more atmospheric and the last track also brings in a few seconds of acoustic guitars.
Uada plays a style of black metal that is very raw while also mixing in a lot of spectral melodies that gives the music a very vintage Swedish sound and this is probably when off the most creative albums and American band has released over the years, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion Uada are a very great sounding raw and melodic black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Natus Eclipsim" and "Our Pale Departure". 8/5 out of 10.