Pretoria, South Africa based alternative metal band Urban Vitamin have just released a crushing new album “Ekphrasis”
Formed in 2008 by members, Cobus Nigrini, Rick De Villiers, Neville Botha, and Cicero Carstens. In 2014, Ricky Dunningham took over on drum duties after Rick De Villiers left to complete his PhD in Durham, UK.
Known for their intellectual lyrical content, experimentations with sub-genres of metal, alternative, rock and electronica, all which are showcased in a well-balanced fusion in their intricate song-writing.
“You’re waking up what could be left
Under this lock, beneath this latch
What devils wait inside this box…”
In 2010 the band released their debut album, The First Time Hurts the Most, as a free digital download, which A Look Away magazine (Feb 2010) hailed as a “confluence or whispers and violence, or a handshake between a Tibetan monk and Mark Wahlberg”. The album features the single, “Girls”, which received countless airplay on local radio stations and the accompanying music video received over 3 000 views on YouTube.
“Behind pressed lids I can see you, in this darkness there’s no distance.
In this dumb show there’s no silence, behind pressed lids I can see”
In 2013, Urban Vitamin released a follow-up EP, Agent Provocateur. Two music videos have been released for the singles, “Philistine” and “Sirens”.
In 2014, the band played the Johannesburg leg of the popular South African music festival Ramfest 2014, alongside international artists such as Foals, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, and Biffy Clyro. The remainder of 2014 was devoted to playing shows on the local circuit and the year concluded with a line-up change as Rick De Villiers moved to the UK and the band introduced Ricky Dunningham as the new drummer.
2015 saw the extension of the band’s borders as they ventured to play shows outside of South Africa. In August the band toured to Mozambique and played to a packed crowd at Afrika Bar, an old cinema renovated into a bar in the heart of Maputo, and a month later was invited to play a show in one of the town halls in Gaborone, Botswana. In addition, the band began recording the follow-up album to the Agent Provocateur EP at Anti-motion Studio and the UV Studio.
“Should it surprise us when
This cruel light shows us exactly as we are”
In 2017, Urban Vitamin released their sophomore album titled, Ekphrasis. The album features the singles, “A Bloodless Ballet”, “Contagion, And So On” and “Metempsychose, Slow”.
You can stream the album here https://urbanvitamin.bandcamp.com/album/ekphrasis