Purify The Horror – ‘Untitled EP’ [7]

When a band can’t be bothered to think up a name for their debut record and decide to stay anonymous behind pig heads, panic may ensue for many that this band are not mature enough for some attention. Purify The Horror prove you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover with explosive results, as their first and ‘Untitled EP’ makes you jump at just how intense it is from the word go. Hailing from Birmingham, the band have clearly taken inspiration from hometown heroes Napalm Death, with a grind album so filthy, it becomes apparent as to why they hide behind the faces of swine.

Regardless of only seventeen minutes to show themselves, the trio (consisting of members from Necrotize, The Solemn Curse and more) manage to horrify in every tempo, tone and torment they can think of and with ferocious results. Tunes such as ‘The Resistance’ have the ideal snappy tone expected from grindcore, whilst other moments chug along in a more deathly manner, with ‘Future And Fantasy’ being a prime example and Sergeant Squeals living up to his name on vocals. The pork obsession continues with ‘PIG’ showcasing the ever existent humour within the genre but what isn’t funny is how meticulous the timing is throughout, the precision is enough to help you appreciate the nastiness further. With ‘Untitled EP’ only being the start for the Brummie brothers, we can only assume they’ll be bringing home the bacon soon enough.

Reviewed by Lily Randall

‘Untitled EP’ is out July 30th on Dissected Records.

You’ll like this if…fresh, British bred grindcore is your ideal sandwich filler.

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NECROPSY – ‘Tomb of the Forgotten – The Complete Demo Recordings’ [6]

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For many, the compilation disc is a money grabbing ploy, a collector’s dream or a newbies easy way in. In several situations this could be true but when it comes to Finnish death metallers Necropsy, it’s a bit of a godsend.  After their transformation from Anxiety to Necropsy in 1989, the band were spewing out demos at a ridiculous rate (nine in five years to be exact) before returning in 2011 with their first full length. This collection comes on three discs, chronologically ordered and creates an audible equivalent of ‘This Is Your Life’ for the Finns.

The foremost disc sees a primitive take on death metal and the lack of age and experience is very much apparent. This isn’t to say it shouldn’t have been included, as the thrashy undertones on each track and raw vulnerability is likely to appeal to the under produced buzz lovers. Not only that, but as the record progresses, the darkness intensifies with CD 2, which holds a more majestic mid-tempo rhythm and definitive death sound. Tracks such as ‘Garden Of Rotting’ prove Necropsy’s desire to experiment and evolve, with some serious Morbid Angel worship but by the final disc, the band has reached their peak.

A split with Demigod may provide you with a comparison of style, as both band’s sound equally disgusting on the release and despite a few repeated tracks throughout, it seems a shame Necropsy disbanded  soon after ‘Promo 1993’. ‘Tombs Of The Forgotten’ shows a band that could’ve easily competed with other DM bands of the nineties and although debut ‘Bloodwork’ was strong, the band would have been better off not stopping in their destructive tracks.

Reviewed by Lily Randall

‘Tomb of the Forgotten – The Complete Demo Recordings’ is out now on Century Media.

You’ll like this if…you enjoy seeing death metal evolve without putting in all the years’ effort

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Haiduk – ‘Spellbook’ [4]

Despite solo projects becoming a less endangered species, the metal community are still quick to give them a pat on the back for the simple fact they music with multiple instruments, without having any friends. Canadian loner Luka Milojica is undoubtedly a talented musician but he certainly isn’t going to get the sympathy vote and when just observed as a standard band, the music is nothing more than standard to match.

Guitarists are most likely to appreciate Haiduk’s debut ‘Spellbook’, as this appears to be Luka’s strength. Blending together the staples of black, death and thrash, its half an hour of pleasing riffs and plenty of depth that feels natural and honest but the rest of the elements get slightly forgotten about. Due to Milojica not being an octopus or a complete mastermind, the drums are programmed and although there is a diversity instead of pure blastbeat overload, one can’t help but imagine how much more brutal this would sound with a human pounding the skins.

The vocals are far and few between, which is a shame as when Luka opens his gob it’s a grisly, death-coated roar without fault and these bursts of throat certainly help to break up what would otherwise sound like a bloke jamming in his bedroom over Youtube. The production is as worthy as anyone else but for the most part ‘Spellbook’ is an almost-instrumental lacking a grasping story and certainly not one as magical as it calls itself.

Review by Lily Randall

‘Spellbook’ is out now independently.

You’ll like this if… you like extreme metal without the “screamy bits in your ear”.

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