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Tight and Inspired - 87%

dmal, March 26th, 2012

Sometimes bands like Purgatory and Maveth leave me a bit cold. The pummeling tremolo punctuated by dirge and marching riffs gets repetitive. Purgatory are better at this style of songwriting than many, however.

Blessed with Flames of Hate has the band really locked in tight and playing well together. The album has a live recording feeling. It's got a lot of melody to it, but it is not melodic death metal. It's crushing meat-and-potatoes death metal.

The well-recorded, pummeling drums rely heavily on brass finesse and tight fills with occasional blast beats thrown in for emphasis. Guitar rhythms are vaguely similar to late-era Morbid Angel and sometimes there is an added layer of black metal high-speed chord strumming in the background behind the tremolo parts. Bass is present, but the bass lines are minimal, adding to the dynamics of the recording.

That brings me to the better quality of the recording: dynamics. There is not a lot of grandiose composition and structure. There's no rollercoaster in Purgatory apparently, only a very bumpy and fast lunar rover ride with tight and precise use of very small silences and fading guitar chords before more pummeling.

This album is better than their 2011 Necromanteon effort because it's a bit more raw and it seems that the drummer occasionally takes his cue from the other instruments as though it were a live recording, and though it offers a heavy dose of thrashing, it doesn't sound like any thrash band that I have ever heard before, which is almost something special. Above average death-metal.

Lastly, the album has a good bit of character. There are little snippets of poetry in the lyrics and they do occasionally wind into a drawn out melody where the drums back off.

I always like albums where you can hear the effort and love (er, hate?) what went into making it.