Written by: The Voiceless Apparition
Oh, Finland. What a glorious country--with your beautiful scenery, and, of course, your DEATH METAL. Yes, Finland, has produced some of the greatest death metal bands of all time: old Amorphis (love their new albums still), Convulse, Mordicus, Demilich, and of course Purtenance. The latter, topday's band in question, formed in 1989 under the name Purtenance Avulsion but shortened their name in 1991, releasing an EP and debut album before disbanding. Buried Incarnation is their third album released after reforming in 2012. But what awaits me on this audial journey? Let's begin.
"Into the Arctic Gloom" is quite the introduction. It's epic, sinister, and full of atmosphere. I really love the eerie melodies they use for the keyboards in the background, which only give the song more atmosphere.
"Shrouded Vision of Afterlife" is sludgy and doom-filled. The riffs in this song are so evil, they really give off an uneasy vibe. The main riff in this song is devastatingly heavy. It sounds like it's actively decaying in on itself. "Under the Pyre of Enlightenment" and "The Malicious Moon" pick up the pace a bit, while keeping it mid-paced and stomping with a double bass battering. Meanwhile, "The Malicious Moon," in particular, is a highlight. I love dynamics in this song, ranging from double bass madness to sinister doom. The riffs are extremely old-school and remind me of the likes of Autopsy.
"Deathbed Confession" is a major highlight on the album. The groove in the song is undeniable, and I love the prominent bass work in the beginning of the song. As always, the riffs are darkly melodic and doomy. "Wrapped in Lamentation" keeps the upward momentum, featuring some of the most crushing moments in all of the album, all while keeping it's atmosphere intact. The ending riff in particular is decimating.
Overall, this album is good, but nothing mindblowing. My biggest criticism is that I wish the songs were more memorable. It's all competently played material and the passion is there, but it's missing... something. This is not a bad album by any means. Nor is it a masterpiece. I appreciate what they are trying to accomplish, it's just not doing it for me, and this is coming from a death/doom fan. For anyone who already loves Purtenance, you'll undoubtedly like it. However, if you are looking for an something in this style, there are better albums, even in Purtenance's own discography.
Purtenance - Buried Incarnation will be released June 23rd from Xtreem Music. That's still a while out, so check out "Deathbed Confession" above whilst you wait!
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