Purgation - _Realm of the Dead_
(Independent, 2001)
by: Adrian Bromley (4 out of 10)
While the doom-inspired rock 'n' roll flow of Purgation is addictive and meant to draw you in, there is also another underlying message to their music: the word of God. This three-piece from Louisiana are inspired by God's message and make an effort to let the listener know this through their lyrics. Now, if you decide you've had enough of this religious angle of the band and want to skip this review, go right ahead; but I have to be honest, despite their message (which I have no interest in -- that is my own view), they do have a nice, groove-driven sound at times. I'm particularly fond to track three of this four-song disc, titled "Slumber". A lot of the music here sounds like early '90s rock, with a slightly doomier feel to it. Powerful drumming and eerie vocal cries add some dimension to the mix, but in the end, the music here just seems to come up with less bite than would be needed to draw me in for repeated listens over the next few years. Good luck to Purgation and their crusade for God.

Contact: P.O. Box 640672. Kenner, LA 70064, USA

(article published 13/5/2001)

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