It’s a year to the day that my full review of Converging Sins was published by Broken Amp, and so now seems as good a time as any to reflect on just how great an album it is. Ultha may hail from Germany, but they’re making some of the best USBM-influenced music this side of Woe. More than this though, what really makes Converging Sins stick in the mind is the dark, mournful vibes of second track ‘Mirrors in a Black Room’, which features Rachel Davies of post-punk band Esben and the Witch. Her vocals added something special to the song, and I hope more bands take inspiration from what Ultha and Davies achieved here.
Converging Sins would be note-worthy even if it weren’t for this track, though. The quality of Ultha’s black metal is excellent, filled with the kind of soul-searing emptiness and violence that made Weakling’s Dead As Dreams so exemplary. I can’t help but feel that the band are somewhat overlooked within the modern black metal underground, as Converging Sins is the kind of album that leaves an impression that will last for many years to come.