Purtenance
Member of Immortal Damnation


4.0
excellent

Review

by CaptainDooRight USER (93 Reviews)
April 24th, 2012 | 39 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In as quickly as they came out but not without leaving a mark.

It’s interesting when a band begins there career so strong with a goal to make a solid osdm album then decides to leave the scene. While there could numerous reasons, when done well, they have the opportunity to leave a stain or dent if you will, in the mark of time. Finnish death metal band Purtenance formed in 1990 and split up in 1992. During this small respective period they managed to release two demos and once solid LP. The LP release of “Member of Immortal Damnation” is a very important release in the death metal genre due to its high level of versatile songs. Some tracks have doom like qualities, classical instrumental cleans, and others which take up most of the album are straight up death metal; even reaching more technical levels that Finnish artist’s are known for.

The production opens up quite nicely with a highly laced reverb-esq atmosphere that repeats arpreggiated dark guitar chords until only after a minutes time the doom like track “Black Vision” softly lays the first taste of crusty guitar distortion on your ears. This slow transition really gives off a progressive vibe until the more common heavy death metal enters in the middle of the same track coupled by double bass blast’s and catchy drum fills. From the moment on pure death metal is the name of the game. The vocals are low and very guttural. They add perfect balance to the crusty guitars and audible bass lines, usually harmonizing on comfortable tempo levels.

A bit of classical instrumetalization is thrown in around the albums middle point with “Lacus Somniorum” which gives a bit of a breather to the death metal chaos but also adds a mild flavor of serenity. “In the Misty Morning” is a very techy and catchy track which starts with some wonderful alternate riffing styles with powerful palm muted stops. The level of technicality can be likened to Gorguts first LP “Considered Dead”. This same track plays with various tempo changes which are all very cohesive.

“Member of Immortal Damnation” is no groundbreaking death metal but it does provide really solid Finnish material which can and should appreciate by any love of osdm.



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taylormemer
April 23rd 2012


4957 Comments


Cool bro. m/

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
April 23rd 2012


4474 Comments


Another great review, Captain.
I looked them up on youtube as I read your review. You described it pretty well, with the slow "Doom" tempo beginning of "Black Vision". I also checked out the more intense "Deep Blue Darkness" and "A Dark Cloud Rises", so far its a pretty sick album. I like the artwork of the album too.
POS'd.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 23rd 2012


19686 Comments


great album

Motiv3
April 23rd 2012


8958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album rules

seedofnothing
April 23rd 2012


3425 Comments


Damn good album. You really can't have enough good dm.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 23rd 2012


19686 Comments


finnish dm > all

Cells
April 23rd 2012


1875 Comments


pos'd

MO
April 23rd 2012


19851 Comments


yea awesome shit, you know your metal captain sir

pizzamachine
April 24th 2012


12633 Comments


Neat album cover, might check this out tomorrow.

pizzamachine
April 24th 2012


12633 Comments


gotta keep up to date with ancient metal right?

Anthracks
April 24th 2012


4216 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

another boring captaindooright review

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 24th 2012


6748 Comments


Is this close to the debut album by Sentenced?

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 24th 2012


19686 Comments


this is like death/doom

sentence is like death/thrash

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 24th 2012


6748 Comments


Sentenced debut has doom inside too, albeit in small portions.

KILL
April 24th 2012


74378 Comments


sweet

alachlahol
April 24th 2012


7583 Comments


generic shitty review

alachlahol
April 24th 2012


7583 Comments


more like captaindoowrong ha get a life

KILL
April 24th 2012


74378 Comments


!

ffs
April 24th 2012


5001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah this is decent

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2012


19686 Comments


new track i guess? had no idea these guys were reforming

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8RrH69-enU&feature=share%27%2C%29



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