01. a shift in the weather 02. ...it begins to rain 03. streetlight 04. (never felt so dreadful) 05. the grand ascension 06. behind the vast window 07. barren winds 08. oh, the humanity! 09. neon 10. (or 3 steps 11. to happiness) 12. the horror
Originally a black metal band called "Dunwich Horror", Urizen changed their name and re-vamped their sound into what became their official first release "Autocratopolis". This is pretty adventurous stuff to say the least, running the gauntlet of styles, sounds and emotions. At times, I just wanted to turn it off and then something would kick in to spark my interest. This happened quite a bit during my repeated listens. One moment you're in the midst of some heavy, orchestrated thrashing and then suddenly the scene shifts to piano-based theatrical crooning. I commend these guys for such a musical vision even if it's not exactly my cup of tea. Think of Urizen as the bastard son of Opeth and Pink Floyd and you'll begin to scratch the surface of what you're in for with this music. The musicianship is top notch and the production crisp and clear for a self produced album. I'm sure there are a number of new-age metal fans out there that would enjoy Urizen's "barrier-free" style.