A lot of death metal bands set out to create a sound that is destined to kill, and whether that sound is achieved or not is debated among the masses as well as review sites all over the sordid net including my esteemed site. And while those debates are happening, there’s another release to consider. Against the Plagues and their new album Purified Through Devastation set out to do exactly what was mentioned above. Against the Plagues sounds exactly like a band that sets out with the intent of ripping your fucking throat out, bulldozing your city then torching everything in their path, and if that is what you thought upon seeing the cover art as well as reading the name, you would be correct.
Against the Plagues is a band that sets out every day to cause as much death, destruction and chaos as possible. Purified Through Devastation is devastation and chaos incarnate and through nine tracks it doesn’t quit until everything in its path has been leveled and reduced to rubble.
Savage is a word that is used quite often-and I’m guilty of it as well-so that word is only used when needed, and now it is needed. Purified Through Devastation is savage in every sense of the word.
Each song is a blast from a coil gun to the head and yet that still isn’t enough for Against the Plagues. Their new release is purely skin peeling and flesh tearing and with each listen that passes you find more and more scorch marks on you until your completely engulfed in flames and incinerated.
Once the earth is engulfed in eternal flame and blackened hell fire, Purified Through Devastation will be on your playlist to your doom. Against the Plagues is blistering, punishing and a complete onslaught on your psyche.
Purified Through Devastation is a face melting experience if there ever was one, and if that was the goal that Against the Plagues set out to meet, then goal well accomplished as skin and flesh melt away from your cranium as each song passes.
As you become soaked in gasoline, the torch on the flamethrower is lit by razor sharp and serrated riffs that hack at your neck like a psychotic serial killer as the drums hit you like a sledgehammer right in the gut. The bass tears away at your bleeding corpse as the monstrous vocals finish you off in a terrifyingly visceral display of blood thirst.
The album is one of slaughtering proportions and it never begs you to listen to it since it forces you to do so instead. The almost fifty minute album never over stays its welcome as it comes in, destroys your life and leaves. Purified Through Devastation is raw, visceral, punishing and a pure onslaught of searing metal. If you still have a head during a listen of Purified Through Devastation you’re one of the lucky ones.
Purified Through Devastation is out December 18th this year through Non Serviam Records!