Danish Death-Metal lords Urkraft are to have a track taken from 2006's 'The Inhuman Aberration' featured in an up-coming novella film produced by Danish Director Anders Morgenthaler. The track 'Too Strong For The Strongest Lord' will be used in the animation, inspired by MTV's Jackass, which portrays dangerous stunts and trickery based around the skateboarding and heavy metal culture of three ten year old boys.
The 22 minute long film is due to have its first screening on the Danish TV-channel TV2 in December of this year, and with Urkraft forming part of the soundtrack it looks set to capture a snapshot of alternative youth culture today.
You can listen to the track 'Too Strong For The Strongest Lord' at www.myspace.com/urkraft
Catch Urkraft live this summer at the Maximum Rock Festival on August 12th.
News item added: 6/7/07

URKRAFT Featured on EMusic's 'Daily Download' today, grab two FREE tracks from 'Inhuman Aberration'!
URKRAFT's latest effort, "The Inhuman Aberration" is currently available for download on the independent e-music site EMUSIC.COM and today two tracks from the album, "The Inhuman Aberration" and "Come No Tommorow" are featured on the site as the FREE Daily Download.
"The Inhuman Aberration" brings forth a notably dark and atmospheric undertone in perfect marriage with a grinding, jarring guitar attack that leaves little to interpretation! URKRAFT have been toiling away working on maintaining razor sharp musical precision, writing new material, and securing a potential string of European dates.
To download "Come No Tommorow" and "The Inhuman Aberration" for FREE click here.

You can pick up your copy of the full length album,"The Inhuman Aberration" at the US and UK Web store NOW!
News item added: 15/6/06

URKRAFT's latest release, "The Inhuman Abberation" is now available for sale on the Earache US web store for only $12!
URKRAFT are expanding the limits of neavau thrash and possess a sound that encircles both the heavy and atmospheric realms. "The Inhuman Abberation" commands the keyboard as an essential driving force, resulting in an harmonically sound product that is equally melodic and grinding. Marking their second effort, "The Inhuman Aberration" carries the melodic intensity and atmospherics of Strapping Young Lad, with the driving propulsion and innovation of At the Gates. Urkraft
The Inhuman Aberration

01. Too Strong for the Strongest Lord
02. This Great Summer
03. The Only Gods
04. The Inhuman Aberration
05. Open the Gate
06. Come No Tomorrow
07. Watch Your Own Eyes
08. Liberation
09. Forsaken
10. The Pressure of Our Jaws
The highly anticipated "The Inhuman Aberration" offers a tightly packaged mixture of thrashy precision and weaving distinctive0 keys, and stands as a strong contender in the new wave of extreme metal fusion. Get your copy NOW!
News item added: 6/6/06

'The Inhuman Aberration' Released
URKRAFT are releasing their highly anticipated, ambitiously progressive album, "The Inhuman Aberration" on May 29th in the UK. "The Inhuman Aberration" offers a familiar brutality that manifests itself through refreshing keyboard atmospherics coupled with grinding beats that create a doom-ladden mixture that cannot be ignored.
"The Inhuman Aberration" is the follow up to their 2004 release,"Eternal Cosmic Slaughter," and is their Earache debut set to deliver an awakening sense to direction and musicality to the scene. Despite a recent unexplained and unprovoked attack in Copenhagen experienced by URKRAFT singer Thomas Pedersen, the band forge on to persevere and release "The Inhuman Aberration." Urkraft
The Inhuman Aberration

01. Too Strong for the Strongest Lord
02. This Great Summer
03. The Only Gods
04. The Inhuman Aberration
05. Open the Gate
06. Come No Tomorrow
07. Watch Your Own Eyes
08. Liberation
09. Forsaken
10. The Pressure of Our Jaws
Be sure to secure your copy of "The Inhuman Aberration" at the Earache UK Web store on May 29th and experience a slice of this eclectic madness!
If you haven't already heard a track off the record try checking them out at www.myspace.com/urkraft or visit their official website at www.urkraft.dk

Join The Slaughter!
News item added: 30/5/06

‘THE INHUMAN ABERRATION’ - The awesome new album from Danish metal machine URKRAFT is set for a release on Earache on the 29th of May 2006.
Recorded at Antfarm Studios with Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Sick of it All, HIMSA, Hatesphere etc) ‘THE INHUMAN ABERRATION’ features 10 polished and precise anthemic tracks incorporating thrash tempos and grim riffing likened to At The Gates, Darkane and Strapping Young Lad.
Urkraft's subtle use of keyboards sets them apart from the crowd, adding new textures and atmospheres to their taut sound.
The Inhuman Aberration

01. Too Strong for the Strongest Lord
02. This Great Summer
03. The Only Gods
04. The Inhuman Aberration
05. Open the Gate
06. Come No Tomorrow
07. Watch Your Own Eyes
08. Liberation
09. Forsaken
10. The Pressure of Our Jaws
News item added: 11/4/06

URKRAFT interview

Danish outfit URKRAFT are on the verge of releasing their first album for Earache. ‘THE INHUMAN ABERRATION’ showcases a band who aren’t scared to drag metal kicking and screaming to a higher plain.

In URKRAFT’s first interview for the upcoming album, earache.com gets some serious insight into what drives the band, hopefully with a full licence these days!

Thomas Pedersen opens up and let’s you in to their tangled world of juggling academia and high art with getting old school down n dirty shitfaced heavy metal drunk.

Introduce yourself?
My name is Thomas Pedersen, 28 years old from Copenhagen, Denmark.
I am originally from South Denmark, from a small island called Taasinge, which is merely forest, beaches and big areas of fields of all kinds! Great place to grow up! You would probably be referred to as a redneck if you tell people you are from these areas! Together with Mikael I am responsible for forming Urkraft and have been the “manager” since the beginning!

What was the reason you signed to Earache?
In 2004 we released our debut album “Eternal Cosmic Slaughter” through a German label “CartelMedia” and got some very promising reviews and attention from the metal media, in – and outside Denmark. But the best was that we got an email from Earache Records, who somehow had got their hands on our album and asked us where we were as a band, if we were still playing and what our future plans were. One thing led to another and they offered us a record deal. We have heard a lot about Earache, both positive and negative, but if you check through my CD collection, more than 50% of my metal albums that means a lot to me, my life with metal and my past, is labelled with Earache’s name! For us it was a dream come true.
I have wanted to be a metal musician since way before my teenage years, so this record deal was pretty easy to sign! This is something we have been working for since we started the band and as individuals since we started in musical schools – some of us before we were 10. We will try and create some good metal music and Earache will do their best to let the world know about it.

Tell us what we should expect from ‘THE INHUMAN ABERRATION’?
The whole process when Birk (lead guitar), Mik (drums) and I meet up and start up new tracks is a mixture of all human feelings. We are very much 3 different individuals and all extreme perfectionists. Of course we have the same “red line” and the result is normally that we try out what mostly Birk comes up with and Mik and I throw in our opinions and suggestions for changes. In the end we try out some details, put riffs together and record the whole track. Afterwards we sometimes rip it apart again and try something else! We are not the kind of band that just does a new track in one rehearsal. We can sometimes use up to 14 days on just one track or even more.
We might be too critical – especially on each other and that slows the process of course. But when we get started and have made a few half-finished tracks, things usually start to speed up and we get more creative and more daring.
“The Inhuman Aberration” album was made in about 4 months! We already had the Antfarm Studio booked; we just waited a long time to really kick it off, because we were signing the new deal with Earache. So when that fell into place, we spent 3 – 4 days in the rehearsal room every week and wrote the rest of the tracks. Compared to when we recorded the “Eternal Cosmic Slaughter” album, which was a mixture of old and new tracks, this album is all new tracks and besides 2 tracks we demoed for Earache before talking more seriously about the contract, all are made within a scheduled period. We tried to make this album have the right amount of varieties and riffs that would secure a whole, which would make the entire album more dynamic and at the same time show Urkraft as we are and as well as exploring a new musical side, we think has come through really well. It is difficult to describe, but we have worked a lot with more chaotic and noisier elements in the music. We want to express a wider and bigger wall of sound and fill it with melodies and beautiful combinations between keyboard and guitar. Not what melodic death metal or black metal usually presents or stands for, but we’re trying new ways to combine the elements we usually use and expand those to something wilder and – just more noisy!
I think one thing that has been very successful, compared to my expectations, is the build-up in every track and the sense of darkness / sadness in it. We have worked a lot with middle-pieces that only shows up once or twice in a track and are meant to change the theme of the song. It doesn’t have to be a riff – it can just be guitars, bass and keys playing within the same note, but not the same thing and being supported by Mikael’s drums and maybe some vocals, creating that chaos I talked about!
I think people should expect a combination of our own sound and some more noisy elements, just more chaotic and especially more than 50% death metal and 50% trash metal, with a more dark feeling to it over-all. Just check it out!

Ok, the album title we know but name me 5 Human Aberrations?
IN-human aberration - but hey, same difference, right...!?
You could copy paste aberrations from the lyrics, because basically that’s what they're about...

I know that, I have trouble spelling it. I was trying to be clever but, hey, let’s fly with this…
1. "Flagellation, amputation and disease - you all brought me back to me"
2. "There are ghosts is this fist, malfunction in my heart, my blood runs in the wrong direction, if I could I would rape the whole world - machine of conceited fornication"
3. "You can rape yourself a thousand times, still you can't escape God's will, always the beating of those ancient rhymes to kill, kill, kill"
4. "Behind sunshine, stars and skies glows a red light unnaturally. Every season, day and night I see that red"
5. Fill out this one as you wishes... going nuts and setting the world on fire over some stupid drawings, perhaps?
- We want to know what you did last summer (track 3 is called “This great summer”)
Yes, it is. Last summer we rehearsed, recorded and then went on holiday. The lyrics have got nothing to do with this, though. They are always separated from our own lives. We don't write and we don't like real-life or social-realism lyrics. The title is a picture - no summer lasts forever:
"This is the great summer of our kind, brought upon us in conspiracy between a burning lord and the ruminant monster called Earth"

There seems to be a productive metal scene up there in Denmark?
Yes, there definitely is! It seems as if everyday new bands show up on the Danish scene. As in any other country we have a few good, a few really bad, and a lot in between! I guess when you have a productive scene, the “competition” or the relations between local area bands, provides a certain eagerness to be better and work harder than your neighbour, which I think in the end results in bands that are able to go far on the international scene!
Even though there are a lot of bands in Denmark, not all work equally hard for it and therefore some disappear after a year or two! So the really productive part of the Danish Metal Scene are those bands which names you see and hear about, when ever there are events or international media talks about DK.

What touring plans?
We have many! Which means we are looking forward very much to touring and each one of us has our own opinions on who we want to tour with, where we want to tour and what we are going to play…; )
http://earacheshop.com/store/severe_torture.htmlouring outside Denmark. We have spent a lot of time on the Danish scene and are eager to cross the borders. We really enjoy playing live http://earacheshop.com/store/severe_torture.html has come to be more about the way you look or run around on the stage – you get a fashion show review, instead of a live bhttp://earachestore.com/store/severe_torture.htmlng plans we are looking out for everything, hoping both Earache and other big labels will see us as a suitable support act… We would especially like to tour the U.K. – which is an area our first album wasn’t really distributed in at the beginning, but when it was finally released there, the feedback was just fantastic!

Maybe explain the connection with Tue Madsen? - He’s famous in Denmark, right?
Tue Madsen is a good friend of us and one hell of a producer. I guess nobody doubts that anymore, since his name is printed on every second metal album released in Europe. Back in 2004 when we recorded the “Eternal Cosmic Slaughter” album he really found our sound from day one and he was of course the natural choice for us when we got ready to record “The Inhuman Aberration”. Hopefully we’ll get to work with him again… He is a good guy!
He has his very own way of getting the best out of your music when you work with him. He can seem very “I really don’t care about these crappy tracks” at first, until you have tried being de - motivated by him a few times and finally understand that he is just being very constructive and very honest, to get the best out of you and the music. He has some seriously fine tuned ears and is mostly the 6th flat tire in Urkaft when we record in his garage!!

What jobs do you have outside Urkraft if any?
Mikael is finishing up his university thesis. He'll be a M.A. in Scandinavian language and literature. That's his major. His minor is history. He hopes to become a high school teacher eventually, but right now he’s freelance teaching Danish to foreign business people which is more flexible and more easily combined with playing Metal.

Tander (bass) is working with children and has been for the last 5 – 6 years. He is married to a nice girl and of course spends most of his time with her. He has been an important part of Urkraft since the beginning and you should really check him out on stage – he really kicks it off…

Eg (keys) has just finished as a programmer and is very much into the IT business. He got a job right away and is of course working with that everyday! Eg eventually joined Urkraft as a session-keyboarder and only participates when we are playing live and recording, but since we often have something we need to do as a whole band, he has become more and more a full-member. Not that we really care that much about the details. He actually has a long history in metal bands. (Blazing Eternity & Manticora)

Birk (lead guitar) used to study Philosophy at the university, but changed halfway and is now doing really good at the Institute of Geography. He teaches some here and there and also used to teach some martial art from Brazil a few times a week. Can’t remember what it’s called. Other than that he spends a lot of time with his guitar and always has some cool riffings up his sleeve.
Me, myself, I finished as a technical architect / building constructor at Copenhagen Technical Academy in December 2004. 6 months later I was working as a promoter and with booking in the mainstream music business – hehe, I’ve been booking for Bombay Rockers – I got accepted to the Royal Danish Academy for Fine Arts and Architecture. So I am looking at another 5-6 years in school! But it is flexible when playing music. Besides that I have my own company working freelance for drawing offices and have a few house / building projects on my own.

You must really love Metal because with your academic achievements it sounds like you could make a fair living in your chosen fields.
For us, playing metal and doing what ever we do on the side is all a combination to live a meaningful life, I guess. You could always wonder what things would be like if we weren’t playing music and just concentrated on educating ourselves and the other way around of course. Personally I have this idea that I put more of myself into the music and get a way bigger kick out of it, if the rest of the day has been progressive and I have accomplished something in school or at work! I think it is mutual for all of us to move forward all the time in both our personal lives and also very much in our music. What is a fair living anyway – money?? Fair living for me is to be happy about everything I do, and I just need to do more than one thing to make a fair living. Although I can tell you that money of course is an object for me and therefore I have made the choices I have in education – I have been working hard for it and later in my life I will be able to afford much more than a fair living!! - while thinking back on the period where I kicked some ass on the metal scene…
We definitely love metal. No doubt about that! This forthcoming release through Earache is also an accomplishment for all of us, which contributes to our personal lives. It has never been for the money or the fame. I can’t speak for everyone in the band, but for me it is an opportunity to do something wilder and less “normal”. The rock ´n roll-star feeling has been placed deep inside me since I was a kid and that feeling still remains – now more than ever! Once a metal head – always a metal head!!! It is a way of life (for me anyway), which I think most people will agree with. You don’t put on your rock ´n roll attitude when you are leaving the office, it is there all the time and influences everything you do and say!

Any interesting gig/drinking anecdotes?
There are plenty of drinking anecdotes, of course! We really “enjoy” having some serious rounds of beer and booze. It is all a part of playing rock ´n roll. None of us do drugs though and personally I don’t understand people who do! It doesn’t make you creative and it doesn’t help with professionalism or your personality. Fuck drugs!!

Other than that I don’t think we are that much different from so many other people. It is not possible to pick out and highlight one drinking session, because there are so many! I think it is mostly me and Birk who are the really active drinkers, or going out people, in the band at this moment. I usually go out and party every Thursday, Friday and Saturday and always get very drunk! I am not too keen on smart ass disco’s, I am more into places where people come in all kinds of shapes and you can show up in whatever you wanna wear!

On the gig anecdotes we always kick it off backstage after concerts and besides Mikael, we also have a few rounds before going on stage. In the earlier days we didn’t touch alcohol at all before playing live, but I guess we have found out that we can actually do both and still play tight and energetic. It is an individual judgement – it is up to how much you can drink without messing up your performance.

Mikael and I have a history of being seriously drunk and showing up at private parties and behaving in a way most people would call out of control… It is not that often anymore, we are getting older, but we still know how to drink a lot and party hard and are always the last to leave the party/venue!

What do you do in your spare time besides music?
What’s spare time?? (See working, drinking…) I’m playing as a session musician in other bands, both rock ´n roll and metal. Mostly for a new all-star band from Copenhagen called “The Downward Candidate” – you should check it out. They are a seriously down tuned and aggressive bunch of fellows!

Have any of you ever been arrested or in trouble with the law, if so why?
No, I don’t think so. We are not troublemakers and we always stay on the right side of the law. In my teenage years I got a bunch of tickets for illegal driving – mostly motorbikes – or got thrown into a police car and driven around when I was out partying. Usually because of fighting…but nothing serious. I guess when you come from the countryside; you go through these things, like driving around without a license and getting into fights… We used to be longhaired, which of course many red necks look down on and then provoke you into something… Today these things almost never happen and the whole metal scene is very non-violent luckily. People want to have a good time…

Who’s the main writing force behind the band?
Mikael, Birk and myself. Birk and Mik also usually split up the lyrics.

Which of your idols have you met?
My father.
News item added: 7/3/06

URKRAFT and EXMORTEM included on Danish Metal Awards album
Prior to the release next year of the bands Earache debut ‘THE INHUMAN ABERRATION’ the Danish death thrash outfit URKRAFT have contributed the track “Liberation” to ‘THE BEGINNING’ the accompanying CD preview release for the inaugural DmeA (Danish Metal Awards) show which takes place in Copenhagen on November 26th.
Label-mates EXMORTEM also weigh in with “Black Walls Of Misery” for ‘THE BEGINNING’, on Fast Beat Records (Noiz / EMI), which contains 25 tracks from the cream of contemporary Danish rock and metal including Raunchy, Mnemic, Mercenary, Illdisposed, Konkhra and Withering Surface and Force Of Evil. Outside Denmark you may find this aural snapshot difficult to pick up but you can pick it up at: www.fastbeatrecords.com URKRAFT have a couple of shows coming up in Denmark click here for details
News item added: 9/11/05

Studio Update #2
Now 2 weeks into the recording of their Earache debut Urkraft are feeling confident and are now focused hard on delivering you an awesome and intense slab of Metal.  Frontman Thomas checks in to tell us how the past week has gone and what stage they are at.
Back with some updates on our stay at The Antfarm Studio.

Last week went really smoothly. We managed to put down all rhythm guitar, bass and keyboard without any problems. The sound is already at this unmixed state incredible and it is amazing to get to know the new material 100%. Especially the keyboard, which actually pulled out some teeth in the process, has turned out really good. The role it will be playing in the finished result is far more noticeable compared to our debut.

This Tuesday we were accompanied by Kral from the melodic prog. metalers Mercenary and he managed to lay down chorus vocals on 2 tracks in a few hours. The whole session ended up with all of us hanging outside the studio, having a well deserved party all night, going on till the ability to speak and communicate left us.

Since then we have been concentrating on recording some pre-takes for vocals and Birk has placed himself in front of the computer with a collection of 5 ESP guitars, throwing out some of the fastest and most interesting leads we have ever had in Urkraft.

We will continue to work hard and with the main goal to be finished Sunday in order to start mixing the whole thing early Monday morning.

We will upload a series of new pictures to our temporary website and maybe even some more video clips this weekend.

As you can probably understand we are all pretty exited about this coming new Urkraft release - "The Inhuman Aberration" - and we will soon make the release date official. So keep checking back in here or at www.earache.com to be updated.

Metal, Rock´n Roll & cheers!!!!
News item added: 2/8/05

Studio Update
Urkraft are now 5 days into the recording process of their new album ‘The Inhuman Aberration’ and things appear to be going according to plan. Here is a quick update from Thomas on the progress the band have been making:
“Hi metallars, a little update from Aarhus, Denmark.
We started out Saturday morning at The Antfarm Studio and are by now have finished all drumtracks. Mikael has done a superb job and used one day less than planned, so so far we are in control.
We will upload some clips of Mikael in a few days and with days in between we will, during the next 14 days, upload more pics and movieclips as we move along.
Furthermore we can inform you that Kral from Mercenary (www.mercenary.dk) will join us in the studio mid next week to do some guest vocal appearance on 2 tracks for the album... more on that later. Thats it for now - check back in in a couple of days for further updates from the Antfarm Studio.

News item added: 22/7/05

Turning internal chaos into external order, URKRAFT will begin recording their highly anticipated follow up to last years “Eternal Cosmic Slaughter” (released on Cartel Media) release next week.
Work begins on “THE INHUMAN ABERRATION” in their native Denmark with producer and sonic mastermind Tue Madsen at Antfarm Studio in Aarhus, on the 16th of July.
Frontman Thomas Pedersen will be updating us regularly with how things develop. Here he sets the scene for what he promises: “Will be the fastest and most aggressive music coming out of the Urkraft camp so far”
“We have been working hard trying to finish off the last tracks for
our coming album on Earache Records. There is a release date almost settled and we will make it official as soon as possible”
”For now we have the ‘pre-tracklist’ ready for the album as well as a title..
The Inhuman Aberration

1. Too Strong for the Strongest Lord
2. This Great Summer
3. The Only Gods
4. The Inhuman Aberration
5. Open the Gate
6. Come No Tomorrow
7. Watch Your Own Eyes
8. Liberation
9. Forsaken
10. The Pressure of Our Jaws
"We are planning a lot of live concerts in the fall of 2005, in Denmark and some of Europe, and we will fill you in on the dates as soon as we get them confirmed. URKRAFT wish you a blast of a summer! Check back in for further updates during the next few weeks... and join the slaughter!"
News item added: 18/7/05

Urkraft To Begin Recording Earache Debut
Newly signed chaotic Death/Thrash Metalers Urkraft are due to enter Antfarm studios with renowned producer Tue Madsen this Saturday 16th of July to begin the 2 week recording session for their hotly anticipated Earache debut. As previously revealed the new album title will be ‘The Inhuman Aberration’, dealing with issues such as the subjective human perspective, megalomania and general full on aural battery.
Keep checking back for regular studio updates, photos and other information as the work progresses. We asked Urkraft frontman Thomas to give us a little insight into the bands thoughts and feelings as they prepare to enter the studio :

”Well, we have reached the point where we can’t get much more ready for the studio as a band. As individuals we might do some more practicing at home though. During the last few days we have been working with the small details on all tracks, been doing some last minute changes and I think this has given the final touch some of the tracks needed.”

Having already released the killer 2004 debut ‘Eternal Cosmic Slaughter’, also recorded at Antfarm, how do the guys feel about the material they have ready for the next record:

“We are really exited about releasing the next album. Urkraft were expected to do deep Death Metal on our debut, but obviously surprised some people by putting in more thrash than earlier. We still play a combination, but this release will be both a new side of Urkraft as well as moving a little back to the old days. It will be more noisy and chaotic, a lot faster, more brutal and with that overall dark feeling to it that the ‘Eternal Cosmic Slaughter’ album had. Especially the keyboard will have a more conspicuous role. It is not just used as a lay over, but will also be a part of the chaos and help support the attacks in the music.”

So we have an idea what to expect musically but what themes will the lyrics be dealing with:

“With the lyrics for the title track ‘The Inhuman Aberration’ the subjective human perspective on things is questioned. The voice in the song might belong to a sick megalomaniac mind, but at the same time a mind that can comprehend and dare to face the primordial horrors that exist underneath human made ideas of reason and logic. ‘The Inhuman Aberration’ is not a concept album as such. Different voices speak and contradicting views exist within the lyrics. Overall the lyrics attempt to describe what man can not control: The subconscious powers within and the subversive grinding of the cosmos.”

Stay tuned and prepare yourselves for the Slaughter!!
News item added: 13/7/05

Earache is proud to announce the addition of Danish Death/Thrash wrecking machine Urkraft to their ranks for a worldwide multi-album deal.

Formed in the small Danish provincial town of Svendborg and now residing in Copenhagen   the five piece released their excellent debut album ‘Eternal Cosmic Slaughter’ in March 2004. Blending an unnerving sense of aggression, speed and flesh peeling vocals Urkraft also expertly incorporate the use of atmospheric, soul penetrating keyboards adding another dimension to their already massive sound.

Set to record their second album at Antfarm studio with Tue Madsen in July/August the band warn fans to expect something altogether darker and more brutal than the already jaw dropping first record.

Join the slaughter!!!

Front man Thomas had this to say on the communion: "When we started out we always had the "Ear-plugged" compilation in the cd-player and were of course motivated by the many cool acts featured on that cd. Now Urkraft is signing with the same label that in our eyes has been releasing some of the most important metal bands. We are looking forward to release our second album and to co-operate with Earache Records in the next chapter of Urkraft and our metal music."

Check out a track from Urkraft’s debut album ‘Eternal Cosmic Slaughter’ here
News item added: 10/5/05