Finnish death metal legends Purtenance have dropped this awesome new record, which for me is their finest work since that classic ‘Member of Immortal Damnation’, all the way back in 1992. A rumbling, vicious piece of classic Finnish style death, ‘To Spread the Flame of Ancients’ is out on Xtreem Music.
Opener ‘Invocatio’ scorches the ground with a brutal riff, the kind of riff that graveyards are hewn from. Torn from the void of vintage Finnish death, Purtenance instantly obliterate any fear that they may not be able to live up to the legacy of their debut. A devastating crawl of sludgy death, that is battered into shape by the relentless pounding of ‘Perventio’, the crushing destruction of ‘Destroyed Human Mind’ and the sublime chaos of ‘Disseminated Death’.
Purtenance reaffirm my belief that old school bands are just as relevant as the new kids on the block. There’s osmething to be said for experience, as long as whichever band is not resting on its past successes. Purtenance aren’t at all, in fact with every morbid riff and every undead growl comes more and more evidence that they are more important now than ever. In fact, Ville K on vokills is the most impressive part, his fearsome growl towering over the awesome metal on display.
‘To Spread the Flame of Ancients’ is proof that the corpse of death metal is rising from the grave, dragging limbs and chains with it. Purtenance play death metal that oozes primordial hate, and it feels so natural for this band to create such music. This album is a lost gem from last year, and we need to spread the word of how fucking great this is!