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Borders - Purify

by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 22 March 2019, 6:43 AM

In describing the lyrical theme of their debut album, “Purify” an ambitious full-length record which documents a timeline of human corruption; from the wartime atrocities of the Japanese experimental death camps in 731, to modern day political corruption in War, all the way to a bleak vision of future potential healthcare systems in Wake Up. “Purify” is a statement on the condition of the world today, yesterday and tomorrow that not only sounds incredible but might change the way you look at the world around you. JJ muses on the development of human corruption; the barbaric human beginnings of mass slaughter against targeted groups may seem a world away to the average citizen, but not only do those atrocities still exist, but corruption and evil has further retreated and disguised itself behind closed doors. A disguise that is easily lifted with information and a willingness to challenge one's own beliefs. “Purify” is a call for a purge of corruption and a call for the average person to think more about the world they inhabit. The album contains ten tracks.

“731” leads off the assault. It has a heavy and weighted opening riff with a lot of accents. Vocally, they open with screams and some Djent rhythms. No clean singing is present, but some spoken words in a heavy cadence. “Wake up” is a short transitional piece, heavy with Djent guitar tones. “Damage Everything” opens with more energy, and a faster pace out of the gates. There is no way to deal with the subject matter without the level of heaviness present on the album. “Bad Blood” opens with a little bit of subtle guitar melodies amidst the madness. The chorus brings a little more, but the Djent rhythms win out in the end.

“War” opens with a faster pace, with rhythmic clean vocals that are sung in a rap style. The Death vocals then rage as the bass thwacks away. The cadence is reminiscent of Nu Metal to me. They talk about “this is what we live for,” which rings true in America for sure. “Demons Reach” is another barn burner, very short and to the point. “Nothing to Lose” goes right for the throat, with raging Death vocals and some guitar melodies in the background. The attack never lets up. “A World Apart” opens a bit slower and some of the heavy technical elements can be heard easier. The vocals trade-off between harsh and clean and then join together in the chorus. “Faded” has more of that cadence I was talking about earlier. The Progressive elements come from the guitars, but the rhythm is a bit too formatted for me.

“Walking Dead” closes the album, a statement on the album as a whole perhaps. They are very adept at their craft, and composing songs so tight that you could not squeeze a spacer in if you tried. The main issue I have is that many of the songs sound too similar, and I do not care for the clean vocals/spoken word in that rap-like cadence. However, since the musicianship is near impeccable I commend the band for that. They also deal very smartly with some intelligent and poignant lyrical content. Fans of heavy, Djent music ala Metalcore or Post-Hardcore should find this to their liking.

Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Memorability: 7
Production: 8

3 Star Rating

1. 731
2 Wake up
3. Damage Everything
4. Bad Blood
5. War
6. Demons Reach
7. Nothing to Lose
8. A World Apart
9. Faded
10. Walking Dead
JJ Olifent
Gav Burton
Tom Britton
Dan Hodson
Record Label: Long Branch Records


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