Monday, March 12, 2012

The WAY OF PURITY: "Biteback"

Rating: EP

Label: WormHoleDeath 2012

Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Doing the Jesus Christ pose? (see artcover). For those of you who remain uninitiated into the bizzare world of The Way Of The Purity, here's a small chance to find out what the fuzz is all about. They're from Sweden. They're into black, core, doom, melodic metal (B-C-D?). They never show their faces (dodgy ski-masks). They actually want to spread the word of Christianity? (you seriously doubt them considering their image and approach). They have a female vocalist out of Norway (face shown and not using the smelly ski-mask). They are completely bonkers?

Their 3-track EP, "Biteback", follows a path of confusion, combining provocative ideals and lyrics with growling vocals by Tiril "Gwaargh" Skårdal. Mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox studios, there's no denying that these guys are the real deal (sound-wise). Tiril sings like a person possessed by demons and it's quite the brutal wake up call to the ones expecting the sound of gospel by a tiny blonde woman. And no, it's neither sexist nor demeaning to call a tiny blonde woman, a tiny blonde woman! (keep the PC people away from my door).

The songs, "Keep Dreaming", "Eternal Damnation to Rene Descartes", "Reverse The Time", are all steeped in the same formula and style. Nicely done with atmospheric keyboards in the background, crunchy guitarwork, and demonic vocals upfront. It's pretty decent stuff (but perhaps not too original) done in the Arch Enemy tradition with a similar female vocalist to Angela Gossow. "Biteback" will not only chew your head off, it'll keep haunting your headless body in your dreams.

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