Ursa - Ursa Demo
- Artist: Ursa
- Single: Ursa Demo
- Label: indie
- Year of Release: 2008
- ME Rating:
- Reviewed by: trismus on 2008-10-22
God love the underground.
Where else can you find two song demos such as Ursa's, demos where the passion is felt even if it sounds as if it were resonating from a trash can? Of course, at this level, production quality is never held against such young upstarts. Musicianship and creativity are really all that matters and, while progressive originality may be a bit out of their reach at the moment, Ursa certainly knows how to play to their inspirations. All forms of metal, be it "screamo" or the numerous other classifications for hardcore, are expressed over the course of the two song demo. I am reminded at any given time of The Devil Wears Prada, Killswitch Engage, or Bleeding Through.
One can almost smell the liquor stained floors and the adolescent musk that fills the air of your local music venue.
I would say to you, casual reader of this review, to give the demo a shot for a chance at seeing a future heavyweight at the ground floor. I would say to the members of Ursa: build upon your influences with the intent of surpassing them.
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on 2008-10-11 Bluedolphinman Said:
I saw these guys live at Rocko's Bar And Grill, and they were fucking NASTY! The singer has a great voice, and the bass player knows his shit. They're sound is great live, and they have a ton of potential. I recommend you check out the songs on their myspace, and listen all the way through! The choruses are catchy as hell. I love these guys! You'll definitely like them if you like TDWP, ABR, or DDG. And all of the songs they played at Rocko's were different from each other. They definitely have a wide range of musical capabilities. Overall, check em out and keep in touch with them, because I see a promising future for these dudes.
on 2008-10-09 ursamass Said:
This band is made up of a group of guys that want to make it somewhere in the music industry. As lead guitarist for Ursa, I could say anything to toot our own horn, however, I write this review solely as a listener.
I will always be found sitting back and listening meticulously to demo recordings and hear how nicely this band has developed from the start. I love how Ursa's influences tie in so nicely to their style and how the transitions from influence to influence compliment each other.
A main example of these transitions would be the song "Welcome to Level III" where you can hear many different aspects of a good metal song. You have catchy riffs, heavy breakdowns that will make kids go wild at live shows, and the catchy vocal harmonies that truly separate Ursa from other bands of similar style.
Ursa has set goals to successfully mix spine chilling screamo hardcore with melodic choruses that encompass what music should truly sound like to the trained or untrained ear. Ursa wants to get these catchy choruses stuck in your head so deeply that you can be found humming them on a Monday morning within the confines of your work cubicle. If they do that, they have been successful.
As a musician, a listener, and a friend, I recommend that you check out these demo tracks from Ursa. If you like any metal, hardcore, screamo, or anything to do with those genres, check Ursa out, and be sure to vote for them as indie music artist of the year!
Ursa's new demo track for "Welcome to Level III" can be heard on Purevolume or Myspace.
Thanks for reading my review!