Following on from their 2015 album …to Spread the Flame of Ancients, Purtenance have now returned with four new tracks of old-school death metal.
These songs mix a slow, moody delivery, (more on this shortly); mid-paced shredding, replete with heavy riffs that can crush if you get too close; and faster blasting, with guitars that sound like they’re capable of sanding concrete smooth.
There are some quite dynamic solos on this release, to say nothing of the leads, some of which lend the songs a real macabre atmosphere. In fact, some of my favourite parts on this release are when the band slow things down and set up a really doom atmosphere, with heavy riffs and winding leads.
As I have stated in the past, I love the singer’s voice. Deep, ugly growls, performed well, will never go out of style with me.
The songs are clearly written by people that understand the old-school style, and show an increased predilection for longer, slower songs. If the band continue this trend in the future, this will suit me down to the ground, as these are the strongest aspects of the material on this release I feel. Having said that, I must also point out that the final song is less than two minutes long and just goes for it full throttle almost the entire time. Nope, nothing wrong with that either!
This is solid, classic death metal that pays homage to times gone past. Even though you may have heard its like before, it’s still an enjoyable way of passing 19 minutes or so, and I urge you to give this EP a listen.
If you have a taste for the old stuff, then check this out.