Sunday, July 9, 2017

Purtenance - Member of Immortal Damnation (1992)

   For long Purtenance's "Member of Immortal Damnation" was a less known classic of the Finnish death metal scene. Thanks to the band's regroup several years ago, this album turned back too from the mist of the ancient forgotten records of the genre.
   Unlike other death metal classics from Finland, this album lacks the main balance, and partly because of the experimental ambitions, partly because it sounds like the band didn't find it's exact style yet, the album is quite chaothic both in themes and sound. The melodic ambitions of Finnish bands in general are there in occasional atmospheric parts, but they sound like more to serve as some breaks between the intense hammerings. These melodies gave some theatrical impression to the album which is completely disappearing like they shouldn't have any influence as the music turns wilder. It's a quite raw album, and exactly this rawness and the noisy sound gave it's main aggressive feature, not the intensity of the music, because these turning it heavier to listen. A rare and interesting classic from the forgotten tombs of damnation!

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