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Flaring Up, Then Dying Down

by UR

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The song is dedicated to our friend Christian Smukal, whose passing is a great loss for us.

At first, we were somehow perplexed. Being offered so much support and enthusiasm by somebody we had only met once or twice. „Guys, if you don’t find a record label, I will set one up and call it Droneburg Records.“ We were not sure if Christian was serious or if he was just trying to encourage us after some white whine spritzers. Yet, a few months later, we were unpacking our debut Album. Droneburg Records #1.

Somebody showing up and telling you: „I love your music, let’s start a record label.“ Maybe this is what most people starting a band as a teenager are dreaming about. Christian did exactly that for us. Like the drone metal version of a good fairy.

We carry on as a band. But things will be different. No more “Was macht eigentlich die Gruppe Ur?“, Christian’s mandatory question coming in every few months. No more eager waiting for his response after he has been the first person to hear our new songs. But having known him and being involved in his orbit will always be a part of what we do going forward. Thank you for all the lessons. For being that warm hearted person. Setting an example for seeking and igniting the good parts in each other.

You have made an enormous difference for us and it means an awful lot. We’ll miss you.

Gruppe Ur: Enrico, Jakob, Martin, Michael


This track was recorded in december 2016 during the "Grey Wanderer" - recording session.

Big thank you to Torsten Lang for recording, mixing and mastering the song. Also for giving this song it's unique sound by adding layers of soundscape and his personal note.

Cover photography by Martin Paul.



Flaring up,
Then down

The other in me,
The timeless
Undying stone

Brooding on the secret
Become the mountain
Turn to the stone
Succumb gravity

Adrift beneath blustering waves
Rigid and unwavering
To cease and to renew

Through seasons and tides,
I am
Flaring up
Then Dying down

The other in me,
The timeless,
Undying stone


released September 3, 2022
vocals - Martin Paul
guitar - Martin Paul, Enrico Machate, Torsten Lang
bass - Michael Weise
drums - Jakob Ritter
synth - Torsten Lang


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