Unru are a band from Germany that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of atmospheric black metal and crust punk and this is a review of their 2016 album "Als Tier ist der Mensch nichts" which will be released as a joint effort between Sentient Ruin Laboratories, Monotonstudio Records and Supreme Chaos Records.
Ambient sounding drones start off the album and after a couple of minutes spoken word parts and harsh noises are added onto the recording before going into a heavier musical direction along with some grim black metal screams that also get very depressive at times and melodies are also added into some parts of the songs.
All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them while the tremolo picking gives the music more of a raw black metal feeling as well as a touch of crust punk and when the music speeds up a small amount of blast beats can be heard and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while also adding in more of an atmospheric style and Cascadian influences and when guitar leads are utilized they bring in even more melodies and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length and there is also a brief use of death metal growls while some of the slower riffing brings in a small doses of doom metal.
Unru creates another recording that takes the depressive, Cascadian and atmospheric styles of black metal and mixes them together with some crust elements while expanding their style with drones and a touch of doom and death metal, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in German and cover the blackest depths of human failure and of existence's darkest torments.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Unru and if you are a fan of atmospheric and Cascadian style of black metal with a touch of crust, you should enjoy t his album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Das Ann-Karenina-Prinzip" and "Totmilker".8 out of 10.