Pretoria, South Africa: alternative metal band Urban Vitamin stepped out of the rehearsal room in 2008 armed with powerfully dynamic sound to begin mastery of the stage. This introduction was followed shortly by the release of a full length album in 2010 with The First Time Hurts the Most. The years between then and the present day have been filled with numerous tours and festival appearances, as well as a follow-up release with the 2013 Agent Provocateur EP. Urban Vitamin attracted public attention most recently with the unveiling of an artwork created by band member Cicero Carstens, and which served to announce the imminent arrival of Ekphrasis, a brand new full length album on 03 February 2017.
Today, fans are treated to the first single, track number five from Ekphrasis, titled ‘A Bloodless Ballet’. Whilst the performing band appears as four members with Cobus Nigrini, Neville Botha, Cicero Carstens and Ricky Dunningham, creative powerhouse and former drummer Rick de Villiers remains a force within the band dynamic from his studies abroad, thus making today’s release a triumph shared by five members.
“Rick is still very much involved in writing the lyrics and was intrinsic in developing the concept of the album and artwork.” ~ Ricky Dunningham (drums, Urban Vitamin)
Recording credits are attributed to Neville Botha and Cobus Nigrini at the band’s own UV Studios (guitars, bass, vocals), plus David Grevler and Gareth Bothma at Anti-motion Studios for drum tracking. The album was then sent to the UK for mixing and mastering under the car of Chris Brink at Audio Fury in London.
Orders for Ekphrasis can be placed via the band’s own website here.