1. Unwelcoming Committee 2. Sore Losers 3. Legendary 4. Funeral Song 5. Downtrodden 6. Jail2005 Goodfellow Records
I had put on the latest disc from Purity's Failure multiple times, in multiple moods and situations, and had an unusually tough time getting into it. Thinking back, I can't really say why. This Boston, MA four piece utilizes a lot of elements that I typically enjoy: relatively interesting, yet often simplistic riffing, a dense rhythm section and passionate vocals. Their latest EP, Extensions, is a marked improvement from their 2002 debut full-length. For some reason though, this disc took some time to click with me. When it finally did, however, I found it to be a worthwhile listen. Once I found myself really getting into this record, I discovered plenty of praiseworthy elements to Extensions. The most impressive thing about Purity's Failure is that while I could compare elements of their more chaotic songs and overall aesthetic to Converge or their more groove-oriented material and occassional use of drum fills to a band like Mastodon, those comparisons don't always match up. There are a lot of bands that one could say "it's a cross between (band) and (band)" and that would suffice. Purity's Failure certainly incorporate some of the elements of the aforementioned bands, but aren't content to mimic. Their song structures are inventive and the rhythm and guitars fit together in a way that's all their own. Often the bass drives the song while the guitar lines compliment them with their discordance. The mix of clean vocals and screams also shows creative vision, as one or the other might appear when you least expect it. The highlight of the disc is the near-epic "Downtrodden," a five minute song filled with clever riff after clever riff. The lyrics of the track are among the best on the disc, which can be described as derivative at best. It's almost as if expecting good lyrics from a heavy release is pointless these days. Despite this flaw, however, the disc managed to win me over. One of the things that helped a bit was that the dynamics of some of the clean vocals reminded me a bit of the way that a vocalist like Trent Reznor would manage the intensity of his voice. It was honestly just nice to hear a vocalist that could alternate between sung vocals and screaming well with an understanding of how to properly use both. The low point of the disc for me is the mid-paced "Legendary," which seems to go on forever, repeating the same lyrics over and over. There were some good moments in the song, but its repetetive structure got to me after a while. Bottom Line: Purity's Failure is a band that has a deep understanding of their own musical dynamics. Their songs showcase their creativity even if their inspirations are occassionally worn on their sleeves. Perhaps I have too much music to listen to. Maybe I just hadn't found the right mood. I would highly recommend giving this disc a few listens. If the depth of Extensions' near-thirty minutes is any indication of their future, expect to hear more from this band.
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xtroyx_ 3/11/2005 3:51:25 PM
i agree with this review. it took a couple times to get into this album, but it is definitely enjoyable.
natas-101_ 3/15/2005 11:34:09 AM
With a f*ckin stoopid ass name like that I can't even read this review.
Phil Anselmo_ 3/15/2005 1:20:42 PM
That dooood is TOTALY nutzzzzz. crazy krunk poster.