Most of the black metal I’ve heard over the last few years has been from Europe, but Utzalu are just a three hour drive down I-5 from me, based out of Portland, Oregon. Their sound is more traditionally metal than that of many of their contemporaries – the pace never stops, the double-bass drumming incessant, the songs taking on an almost thrash velocity. There’s nothing gloomy or atmospheric here, just straight in-your-face blackness.
Give these guys a listen at Bandcamp HERE. Looks like the vinyl is limited to 300 copies, with another 200 on cassette. I recommend checking out the title track, “The Loins of Repentance”, a slower, stomping piece that will crush your soul just a little more with each plodding step, grinding it into dust to be blown away by the hot winds of hell.