Today, London metal trio URNE have released their new album A Feast On Sorrow via Candlelight Records. This deeply personal studio album is a stark rumination on the grim inevitabilities of disease, dementia and deterioration in old age. In celebration of the release, URNE have also shared the album’s focus track and visualiser for ‘A Stumble Of Words’.
On ‘A Stumble Of Words’, Joe Nally comments:
“For me, ‘A Stumble Of Words’ is the best song myself and Angus have written, be it in URNE or any other projects. Making longer-crafted songs is what we do best, and we love to see where we can take a song and also, where can we take future listeners. We drew from a number of influences for this song – personally speaking, I drew from our last album, Serpent & Spirit, Tom Keifer and Queensryche. We also listen to a lot of movie scores, so that always seeps in when approaching longer songs.”
There are times in life when it feels like darkness will consume the light. Suffering. Loss. The emptiness that follows. An upended hourglass trickling inexorably into the cold shadow of the great hereafter, devouring not only those closest to us, but all the decades of knowledge and memories they held dear. At a distance, we can steel ourselves against the grim inevitabilities of disease, dementia and deterioration in old age, but when more intimately faced with their impact, it becomes easy to imagine some hidden demon gorging on the misery wrought. It was in circumstances such as these that Joe Nally began work on URNE‘s savage second album A Feast On Sorrow. “There were a lot of dark times,” the frontman sighs, reflecting on two family members afflicted by degenerative illness. “Losing people is a horrible thing; when the reality hits, it shocks you. I was full of pent-up emotion – anger, confusion – and I could only seem to release that through aggression. That’s meant this record is much more aggressive. It’s a lot darker. There were quite a few ‘fun’ elements to our first LP Serpent & Spirit. There aren’t many of those here.”
Joe Duplantier, frontman of modern metal goliaths, Gojira, unexpectedly reached out to the band directly, – having been a fan of the band’s debut album, Serpent & Spirit – offering URNE the opportunity to record with him at his Silver Cord studio in Brooklyn, New York. Joe Nally adds, “We had many ups and downs throughout this process, but the end result is something the three of us are extremely proud of. Having the honour to travel to New York to work alongside Joe Duplantier and Johann Meyer on this record is something we didn’t think would be possible and, on top of that, to have Ted Jensen master this record, has been an experience we once dreamed of. This whole album is extremely personal for me. It’s made me grow as a person and has also helped me understand the grieving process better than before. This isn’t a joyful or uplifting record, it’s very raw and real, and when the opportunity to work with Joe came to be, we all knew he was the perfect person to capture the message of this record.”
Following the band’s appearance at this year’s Bloodstock Festival, fans will be able to catch URNE performing as part of the Copenhell Metal Cruise event, scheduled for October 2023. Tickets and further information can be found here.
Joe Nally – Vocals/Bass
Angus Neyra – Lead Guitar
James Cook – Drums