The True Protagonist

Label: Massacre Records
Three similar bands: The Arcane Order/Callenish Circle/Hatesphere

Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. Uforskyldte Sar
2. The True Protagonist
3. I Got Blood
4. I Bring Nothing To The Table
5. The Human Resignation
6. The Burden Without A Name
7. Well Intentioned Sons
8. Go, Get Your Bones
9. Changing Manscape
10. Prepare The Flesh
11. We Can't Recognize

Thomas Strømvig - Vocals
Thomas Birk - Guitars
Mads Gath - Guitars
Jeppe Tander - Bass
Richardt Olsen - Drums

Eternal Cosmic Slaughter (2004)
The Inhuman Aberration (2006)
A Scornful Death (2008)
Our Treacherous Fathers (2019)

Kim Song Sternkopf - Guest vocals on "I Bring Nothing To The Table"

"Well Intentioned Sons" and "Uforskyldte Sår" recorded by Simon Sonne Andersen (Full Moon Studio), all other songs recorded by Tue Madsen (Antfarm Studio)
Orchestral arrangements for "Well Intentioned Sons" and "Uforskyldte Sår" by Thomas Banke Brenneche
Produced, mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen at Antfarm Studio
Cover artwork by Morten Grønnegaard

Released 2022-05-27
Reviewed 2022-04-23


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Swedish and Danish for Primordial Power, that is what Urkraft means – sounds more powerful in Swedish than translated, but perhaps the band didn’t think of the international audience and having an understandable name. The Danes hiding behind the Urkraft moniker call their latest album The True Protagonist and it is apparently about some ugly person with a split personality – usually themes don’t interest me that much, especially when the story isn’t driving the musical style. I look at the cover and think that it is quite well-made but I don’t really like it, so what about the music?

They do offer some primordial power; it is death metal of a classical style. It is powerful, aggressive with heavy aggressive riffing and smattering drums. The vocals are growly, and there aren’t many surprises in the creative area. It is well-produced, it has the expected variation of songs, and you get more or less what you expect after hearing the first song. It appears the band isn’t interested in exploring new avenues, perhaps something that is typical for the death metal genre as it is usually quite conservative and consists of fans who doesn’t really want to hear anything new.

It is good enough, powerful, aggressive tones make it a death metal album that works for me. I like when they are heavy and a bit brutal, like it is here. The Danes do quite well, although I don’t expect to return to this album now that I have written what I want to say about it. And there isn’t much to say about it, it presses the typical buttons and the surprises aren’t there – don’t expect anything unexpected. But they are good enough not to make me bored or anything like that, so it is probably worth a shot if you like the style.

For death metal fans I suppose, and I doubt that The True Protagonist will have anything but a marginal impact on the number of fans for Urkraft and for the death metal genre in general. It works, it does what you expect, nothing more. It is a showing of some primordial power, but hardly an album that will be remembered in the future.