Uada is a very young band from Portland, Oregon, that came into existence some five years ago. They are ambitious as hell and their debut ‘Devoid of Light’ (2016) resulted in instant popularity.
Inspired by heathen cults and the experience of nature, their post black metal marries the intensity of Dissection and Mgla with the melodic character of Iron Maiden’s output. Still, comparisons with Mgla were ubiquitous to the point where they decided to expand their sound for album number two. The songs on their sophomore effort ‘Cult of a Dying Sun’ (2018) are drawn out and the use of acoustic guitar and piano interludes add some variation. While they are clearly still looking for their own signature sound, the portents are good for the all-important third album. The hoods add an air of mystery to the appearance of this promising melodic black metal band that has already built a sizeable following across the Atlantic. We have every confidence they’ll do just as well here.