Sunday, March 19, 2023

270: Ulthar

Dreams of Consciousness Podcast Episode 270 features an interview with Shelby Lermo of Ulthar.

[cover photo by Melissa Petisa]

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photo by Melissa Petisa

Originally based in Oakland, Ulthar took a different tack from the other bands in the Bay Area scene. Over the years, their albums have become increasingly ambitious in scope and songwriting, while retaining the turbulence of early death and black metal.

I spoke with vocalist/guitarist Shelby Lermo about why chaos is an important part of Ulthar's sound, and if creating tablatures changed the way he thought about writing songs and riffs. We also discussed how Ulthar conceptualized their two concurrently released albums Anthronomicon and Helionomicon, and how he feels about those albums being his final statement to the world.

My thanks again to Shelby for speaking with me, and to you for listening.

Music In This Episode:

"Narcissus Drowning"
"Undying Spear"
taken from the album Providence

"Anthronomicon" (excerpt)
taken from the album Helionomicon

"Fractional Fortresses"
"Astranumeral Octave Chants"
taken from the album Anthronomicon

Ulthar on Facebook

Ulthar on IG

Ulthar on Bandcamp

Anthronomicon on Bandcamp [through 20 Buck Spin]

Helionomicon on Bandcamp [through 20 Buck Spin]

Ulthar Merch [through Pyre Press Merch]

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