|Brutal Death Metal
September 25th, 2012
Release length: 30:04
Much like their previous recordings, The Time of Great Purification has a pretty strong heaviness behind it. The crisp production finds the guitars with a somewhat lower tone that adds more of a modern Death Metal or Deathcore brutality to things, all the while allowing the deeper, bludgeoning bass to really stick out in the mix with a much louder level you can easily feel. The drumming is handled quite well, finding some crisp cymbals that are just a bit behind the thunderous click of the bass kicks, as well as the somewhat tighter mid-range hit of the snares. Vocally, you get your typical Brutal Death Metal mix of indecipherable gutturals with pig squeels thrown in, sounding fitting in more of a standard template way than a unique one. Despite that latter fact, they do work well enough with the somewhat ruthless and enthusiastic performances captured on this recording.
Pathology really seem to pull any punches here, nor do they try to pad things out for the sake of extending a song’s length. Much of the material barely comes close to the three minute mark, and most of the time there’s enough progression to the material that it works out well, especially at the start. “Imprisoned by Fear” is a hard-hitting track that focuses a lot of the bass to push a heavier agenda, which is a smart idea. There are a few complex chords here and there, as well as a great guitar solo that pushes a little bit of emotion into the mix, but overall the song ends up a bludgeoning assault on the listener at more of a mid-tempo pace filled with tighter drumming, especially from the cymbals. Much of this is carried over into “Tyrannical Decay,” but where the first song feels more like an extended borderline-breakdown, this one mises more common Death Metal ideas with it’s Brutal counterpart. There are a few more intense areas with faster music that really amp things up, many of which pushing the bass kicks to the forefront to grab your attention and have you instinctively banging your head along. It’s just sad that the groove the song starts out with simply doesn’t last that long, as that really is the most infectious part.
“Torment in Salvation” is another strong offering that mixes up non-breakdown slower material with a very blunt and heavy mid-tempo approach that offers a little more technicality in the lead chords, allowing the bass to hold the rhythm through a rich performance against more pounding bass kicks. The guttural vocals take on a vile touch as well at times, which suits the aforementioned slower passages, as well as the dismal atmosphere that the music already gives off, as well as the guitar solo. There’s also “A Bleak Future” that moves at a quicker pace for much of the song before a sudden shift into less catchy, but still equally as intense material for a short amount of time. There are plenty of hooks found in the leads that catch the listener off guard, though don’t quite establish much of an environment other than a rich, heavy song worth starting a mosh over. This is another song you can expect to bang your head along to involuntarily, even during some of the breakdowns that maintain the general pace thanks to the more restricted than usual bass kicks. “Oppression by Faith” does a good job at this as well, though varying in and out of the faster and mid-tempo material a lot better than the sudden drop in “A Bleak Future.” In fact, the slower material that appears here ends up being more powerful thanks to a stronger guitar presence.
Unfortunately, you will start to get a little bored with the release after a while, as there’s really not a whole lot of variety. While nothing here sounds like an exact carbon copy of one another, you will come to find that some songs will start to blend together, rarely offering that unique of a touch where you can immediately tell which song is which. That’s not to say the album gets boring quickly. There’s still plenty of solid tracks on the recording, and really only one that will seem to push you away. “Cultivate Humanity” takes on more of a Death Metal meets Grindcore stance in some ways. The vocals try to be a bit more vile, but overall just don’t have the right impact, and the music is far less engaging for most of the effort. There are richer moments with a marching sound, but those seem to be restricted more to the chorus. While still catchy at times, it just sounds like a generic Brutal Death Metal song with plenty of balls behind it due to the deeper bass.
The Time of Great Purification may not be the most unique or vivid offering, but it does get a lot right. There’s plenty of solid tracks throughout the recording despite many not having much of a unique touch, and the audio quality to the release is heavy as hell. Almost every song on here has the power to have you bang your head along to the rhythm, though very rarely will you feel the need to get up and instantly mosh or dance to the material. But, fans of Brutal Death Metal will definitely find plenty to talk about with this recording. Ranging from a serious spin to let out aggression, or just having it on as background noise, there’s plenty of potential for repeat spins after the first few, leaving fans to rejoice as the group does a good job making up for their previous abomination.
01. Imprisoned by Fear – 2:14
02. Tyrannical Decay – 2:48
03. Corporate Harvest – 2:17
04. Torment in Salvation – 2:25
05. Asphyxiation Through Consumption – 2:39
06. Remnants of Freedom – 1:57
07. Dissection of Origins – 2:02
08. Distorted Conscious – 1:47
09. A Bleak Future – 3:02
10. Oppression by Faith – 1:58
11. Cultivating Humanity – 2:22
12. Earth’s Downfall – 2:20
13. The Everlasting Plague – 2:13
|Overall Score: 8/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Victory Records.