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Purgatory – Apotheosis Of Anti-Light

purgatory – apotheosis of anti-light


Nossen, Germany-based Death Metal band Purgatory celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, making it one of the country’s longest-running extreme metal bands. While the band is not super prolific, given its three decades of existence, you can almost count on them to come out with a new work every few years. For several years now, the band has been releasing their records through War Anthem Records and this latest album from last year was also slung into the world through that label.

Right from the first 7″ EPs the band released in the early 90s, the musical direction was clear: Death Metal without fuss. And although the somewhat naive and rudimentary Death Metal of those early years have given way to better written and played songs, nothing has changed about the band’s approach over those thirty years. ‘Apotheosis Of Anti-Light’ is of course hard to compare with the ‘Psychopathia Sexualis’ (1994) or ‘Sadistic Spell’ (1995) 7″ EP’s, both as one of the first releases from the Perverted Taste label, perhaps the most striking difference, when we do draw that comparison, is that the music has become more dynamic. This is mainly due to the slight Black Metal slant the band has incorporated into its music in recent years. This is especially noticeable in the slightly dissonant riffs and overall ambience. Possibly this has to do with the fact that band founder René Kögel also joined Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult a few years ago, with whom, incidentally, Purgatory also shared a piece of vinyl a few years ago.

Yet, the base is still reserved for unadulterated Death Metal with as little fuss as in the early 90’s. However, the straightforward Death Metal is very well executed and results in perfectly digestible records, which is certainly also true of ‘Apotheosis Of Anti-Light’. It may be unedifying musically, but it just offers a very solid and entertaining album that does not bore at any point.


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