IRON BONEHEAD PRODUCTIONS is proud to present URN's highly anticipated fourth album, The Burning. One of the Finnish underground's longest-running yet best-kept secrets, URN have been flying the flag of hate for unholy blackthrash since 1994. Founded by ex-Barathrum guitarist Sulphur, URN have been a study in delayed-gratification patience and trend-bucking defiance. Their 2001 debut LP 666 Megatons sounded exactly like that, detonating a nuclear blast of classic blackthrash-cum-speed metal, which was further roughed up and refined on the successive LPs Dawn of the Devastation (2006) and Soul Destroyers (2008). But just as URN had seemingly perfected their addicting 'n' acidic style, their classic power-trio lineup disintegrated and it was up to Sulphur to rebuild the band again. And rebuild, the bass-playing frontman did, as The Burning is the triumphant phoenix from the ashes.
Formed just a year ago, Ireland's VIRCOLAC come storming out of the gates with their debut demo, Codex Perfida. Comprising veterans from the Irish metal scene, VIRCOLAC exhibit the poise and maturity that their combined experience suggests, their Metal of Death ranging various locales and eras whilst remaining an expression that's uniquely their own. At once cosmic and grounded in filth, bulldozing and palpitating, doomed-out and disgusting, Codex Perfida is a four-song study of contrasts, set amongst a haunting 'n' harrowing soundfield and shot through with violent execution. International death metal has a fiery new contender: VIRCOLAC are just getting started.