A Plea for Purging
Depravity


3.0
good

Review

by Caleb McAlpine USER (109 Reviews)
May 14th, 2009 | 72 replies | 12,082 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Catchy, heavy, technical and pretty darn cliché.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Released a little less than three months ago, A Plea for Purging shot a video for their lead single 'Malevolence.' When I found the video, I was delighted; not just by the inherent technicality of the band or even the toe-tapping catchiness that the song presented but by the huge amount of self-awareness that A Plea for Purging demonstrated in the video. Complete with tacky dancing, maracas and epic chase scenes, the video for Malevolence made the band seemingly chock full of a healthy sense of humor. It's something that's a pleasure to witness: a metalcore band that doesn't take itself painfully seriously. Taking this into accord, I had high hopes for the record.

Well, in more ways than one, Depravity doesn't disappoint. From the opening riff of the introduction 'Descension' (a riff that is featured twice later in the album, giving a nice sense of continuity), to the memorable and dynamic 'Retribution,' A Plea for Purging demonstrate tasteful restraint and creative riffing straight from the get-go. From the Protest the Hero riff that opens up 'Malevolence' to the Between the Buried and Me noodling that dominates 'Prevaricator,' Depravity oozes shredtastic southern riffs, anthemic rhythms and even an incredibly delicious guitar solo in 'Motives.' Vocalist Andrew Atkins also manages to impress, giving a thick guttural scream that bellows deep (think August Burns Red), only to amp up to an Isis-like mid-scream, all while keeping his vocal patterns extremely rhythmic and un-robotic (which, in turn, makes for a lot of memorable and catchy moments). There are the positive elements of Depravity.

The fun stops here. The sense of self-awareness that was seemingly advertised in their Malevolence video (and their studio videos too, actually) is nowhere to be found on this record. One glance at the positively abysmal album artwork and repetitive song titles can guarantee that fact from an external level. Internally, Depravity suffers from the gratuitous stigma that stains the metalcore genre: you guessed it, breakdowns. Luckily, the breakdowns that the band utilize are thinking-man's breakdowns; they churn randomly and cohesively, but unfortunately, when a breakdown occurs two or three times throughout the course of a song, it just gets irritating. The same goes for the laughably terrible lyrics, which do not help distract the listener form the chug-chugging. Allow me to sample you an excerpt from Devourer: "I can't stand the sight of your face, I can't stand the sound of your name any more, I will watch you die." Did I mention that they're a Christian band? That'll confuse the kids.

The only other disconcerting feature of Depravity, beyond the excruciating breakdowns, is something that hurts just about every band out there: repetition. Drummer Aaron Eckermann is truly a mixed bag; he contributes powerful blastbeats and nimble fills but seems to live in a land void of creativity -- a land that also seems to have undergone a cymbal famine (the poor guy desperately needs to be shown that there are more cymbals on his drumset than the crash). Bassist John Wand also unfortunately contributes nothing more than an inspiring beard. Repetition is painfully over-exemplified vocally, with Atkins rarely stepping out of his growling monotony, which is a shame because his mid-range screams really do sound better.

So, how do all these positive and negative aspects add up? Well, on one hand, A Plea for Purging has buckets more talent than any of their other peers. On the other hand, they fail to use this talent to their full potential in every facet of their songwriting. The combination of these two mismatched factors results in an album that manages to narrowly escape mediocrity -- Depravity is a fun listen and contains some extremely solid songs, yet it never really breaks from the mundane clichés that plague it's running time.



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Waior
May 14th 2009



11451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's been a while since I've reviewed something. My apologies.

Here's the video I amorously praised: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT2TnwpsMa8



Douglas
May 14th 2009



9096 Comments


Brilliant review my friend.

the poor guy desperately needs to be shown that there are more cymbals on his drumset than the crash


lol'd, though hopefully its not a china that he is next introduced to..


This Message Edited On 05.14.09

Digging: James Vincent McMorrow - Post Tropical

Waior
May 14th 2009



11451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Haha yeah, that would be the metalcore thing to do, wouldn't it!

Douglas
May 14th 2009



9096 Comments


sooo metalcore.

Douglas
May 14th 2009



9096 Comments


oh and pos'd

Waior
May 14th 2009



11451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Haha, thanks. I appreciate it. 

Douglas
May 14th 2009



9096 Comments


All in a good days click

Waior
May 14th 2009



11451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Piglet, yeah, the album cover is embarrassing.

Thanks!

asdemonsburn
May 14th 2009



793 Comments


A Plea for Pudding

Waior
May 14th 2009



11451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

...is a noble plead, indeed.

Douglas
May 14th 2009



9096 Comments


I could do myself some pudding

Waior
May 14th 2009



11451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You should watch the Malevolence video while eating pudding.

Douglas
May 14th 2009



9096 Comments


The creation of the pudding has some time straints, though it may be a nights entertainment.

Waior
May 14th 2009



11451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good God, haven't you heard of a pudding pop?

It's okay, just watch the video without pudding.

Douglas
May 14th 2009



9096 Comments


Does such a thing exsist in the great southern land? Yes it will have to be a pudding - less sitting.

XXXpickemgenius
May 14th 2009



139 Comments


CD is def average.



Golgoroth
May 14th 2009



1084 Comments


Great review.

Bassist John Wand also unfortunately contributes nothing more than an inspiring beard.


Made me lol.

KYZAR
May 14th 2009



513 Comments


sounds average

Zippermouth
May 14th 2009



1305 Comments


THE BROOTAL LOOK!

Waior
May 14th 2009



11451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Haha ^, somebody else has seen it.



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