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Indian: From All Purity
Doom Metal, Sludge Metal
Relapse Records
January 21st, 2014
Release length: 39:36
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Chicago, Illinois based Sludge and Doom Metal monsters Indian have been tearing listeners apart with their uncompromising music since their debut EP God Slave in 2004. Since then, the band’s roster has remained much the same, giving way to four full-length albums. For their 2011 effort Guiltless, they found themselves signed to the powerhouse label known as Relapse Records, the most suiting home possible for a beast like this. It’s been three years since that release, and we are now presented with their fifth full-length studio release, From All Purity. Is this another soul crushing experience, or is it an ill-fated step backwards in their career?

“Rape” kicks things off immediately, and it’s definitely a violent experience. The sharp guitar distortions can be painful enough to make your teeth ache while the thick bass presence in the background crushes you relentlessly. The mid-tempo Sludge madness and blunt slower paced Doom Metal is complimented by the most abrasive shouting you can hope to find on a release like this. The closer you get to the end, the quicker you realize how helpless the song makes you feel, expanded on with “The Impetus Bleeds.” The miserable riffs are complimented with haunting background effects that sound like the cries of the dead lost in the wind. Come three minutes in, you’ve falling into a literal Hell as sounds mimic dull explosions and the pounding drums and bass guitar hammer away with unforgiving judgement as you crawl along the dusty forlorn path to your final destination. Of all the songs, this is easily the most memorable, and the hardest to hit the listener, unlike the melody of “Disambiguation,” which leaves you feeling as though you have come to terms with the tragedy this album put you through from time to time, eventually finding your final resting place.

“Directional” is a good track, but lacks any sort of burdening sensation. The simple pace leads to another marching Doom Metal performance that grows with additional ambience that shifts from left to right. This manages to mess with your head a bit thanks to how the songs continually move from ear to another as the music itself remains stationary with the same beat over and over in a ritualistic manner. It’s impressive at first, but over time the impact starts start to wear thin, and even become obnoxious thanks to how loud it is in the mix. Most of this can also apply to “Rhetoric of No,” but it isn’t until the half way point the performance remains consistent with additional effects that are only different in the sense that they are a higher pitch, and do fade out from time to time, which is amplified by “Clarify,” which is more like bad feedback and radio distortion than anything.

From All Purity is another strong album from Indian, but only half of the tracks are truly remarkable. “Rape,” “The Impetus Bleeds” and “Disambiguation” weave truly moving experiences for the listener, whereas “Directional” up to and including “Clarify” fail to used the noise and ambience to get the burdening or nightmarish point across. Even with those three good but could be better cuts, Indian have still created an album that not only breaks your spirit, but absolutely decimates it, grinding it deep into the gravel until it ceases to exist anywhere but the deepest pits of hell. If you’re a fan of oppressive, dismal, dirty Metal of any sort, From All Purity is something you need to check out.

01. Rape – 7:48
02. The Impetus Bleeds – 6:40
03. Directional – 6:26
04. Rhetoric of No – 6:19
05. Clarify – 4:37
06. Disambiguation – 7:47
Initial Pressing Score: 8/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Relapse Records.