Zhrine opening Ulcerate tour (dates & ‘Unortheta’ LP stream)
Icelandic metal outift Zhrine released their debut album earlier this year, the epic, black/death metal record Unortheta, on Season of Mist. They've been building buzz throughout the year, impressing as a last-minute addition at Maryland Deathfest (guitarist Nökkvi Gylfason’s project Svartidaud). Invisible Oranges also gave them some love in their best of 2016 (so far) lists. Now they're set to embark on a high-profile North American tour, as they'll be hitting the road with New Zealand death metal maniacs Ulcerate.
Unortheta mixes the kind of dissonant, knotty, Deathspell Omega-influenced black metal with both deathier and more emotional shades. There's prog mixed in with tech-death brutality from time to time, as well as nearly ambient textures and jazzy passages. Above all Zhrine exhibit a great ear for composition that keeps these songs consistently interesting and compelling, and keeps the listener guessing at what might be around the next corner. You can listen to it below.
That Ulcerate tour, which also features Phobocosm, stops in NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on November 29. Tickets for that show are still on sale.
Meanwhile, Ulcerate recently shared another new song, the title track from the upcoming Shrines of Paralysis which drops on October 28. It's yet another excellent track, a dense, lumbering, demanding, rewarding slab of Gorguts-indebted death metal. You can check it out, along with Zhrine's Unortheta and all tour dates, below.
Ulcerate/Zhrine/Phobocosm -- 2016 Tour Dates
11/2 Los Angeles, CA @ Complex
11/3 San Francisco CA @ Elbo Room
11/4 Portland, OR @ Panic Room
11/5 Seattle, WA @ Highline
11/6 Vancouver, BC @ Astoria
11/8 Oakland, CA @ The Golden Bull
11/9 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
11/10 Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
11/11 El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
11/12 San Antonio, TX @ Limelight
11/13 Houston, TX @ Acadia Bar
11/15 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
11/16 Gainesville, FL @ Atlantic
11/17 Tampa, FL @ The Brass Mug
11/18 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
11/19 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
11/20 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
11/22 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
11/23 Boston, MA @ Great Scott
11/24 Montreal, QC @ Piranha Bar
11/25 Toronto, ON @ Coalition
11/26 Detroit, MI @ Corktown Tavern
11/27 Chicago, IL @ Reggies
11/28 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose
11/29 New York, NY @ Saint Vitus