UGLY Signs to Satanik Royalty

Arizona doom/sludge quartet UGLY have joined the Satanik Royalty Records roster for the release of their forthcoming new full-length in Spring 2023.

“Now you will be broken.”

This is the epitaph UGLY preaches with every ounce of boiling vitriol. The sounds are falling bombs and the words are the aftermath of a scorched, burned-out world unknown. Everything about their music comes from a painful place. Conceived in August of 2016, the group set out with one mission in mind: to make a sonic backdrop that reflects the current state of the world as they interpret it. The reality we cohabit is cruel, devious, and relentless and UGLY’s output inherently reflects the sentiment. 

Taking conceptual queues from bands like Swans, Dystopia, and Noothgrush and adding musical complexity and depth to arrive at something disgusting all its own, UGLY is at once melodic, looming , and horrific. UGLY builds a tonal environment that is at times, angelic… just long enough to win your trust; then tries to kill you by dragging you to the depths with primal, flesh-upon-gear, rhythmic upheaval of any notion of good faith and wellbeing. 

Comments Satanik Royalty Records owner and deathCAVE bassist Freiburger, “I have always admired both Krysta [Martinez] and Brandon [Hayden]’s bands. We have all been playing music together within the underground metal scenes for a long time. When UGLY came together, I immediately got the album and was super hyped on their new project. It’s heavy, loud, and pissed - all things I love to hear in music. Then on the last deathCAVE tour, they came out and played three shows with us through the Four Corners area. My love for the band turned into obsession once I saw the energy and vigor live a few nights in a row. When Brandon reached out about us working together on their new full-length which is completed and ready to press, there was zero hesitation.”

Adds the band, “We are very happy to be joining forces with SRR! We have known Frei for a long time and to see his efforts as a loyal and dedicated believer in music payoff is inspiring. I’ve never known someone who puts as much care and attention to detail into the appreciation of art than him. He is someone who believes in the work to his very core… that is who we want to be collaborating with. Our mutual dedication is matched pound for pound”

2023 will see the release of UGLY’s second full-length, Autograph. As their most refined, progressive, and abysmal contribution to date, Autograph focuses the theme on deep-seated illusions of vanity, acceptance, and fanatical egocentric ideology that blights human beings to the core. This music is the culmination of thoughts and feelings left out in all that cold and darkness too long. We all love a little self-sabotage, don’t we? Come get your daily dose of deprivation. Just turn on your stereo and listen for the answers…

Stand by for more info on UGLY and Autograph in the months to come.


Brandon Hayden – bass, vocals

Krysta Martinez - synth, vocals, loops, aux percussion

Chris Stevens - guitar

Ben Black - drums