Thursday, 16 January 2014

Indian - From All Purity (Album Review)

Album Type : Full Length
Date Released : 21/1/2014
Label : Relapse Records

From All Purity, album track listing :

1). RAPE 07:48
4). RHETORIC OF NO 06:19
5). CLARIFY 04:37

Bio :

Chicago’s blackened noise nihilists return to scene with their fifth full length album ‘From All Purity’. On ‘From All Purity’ Indian take their infamously hateful aggression to new levels of despair. Now augmented with an even keener sense of harsh noise, all the trademark elements of Indian’s sound have been refined to reach new lows of powerful and punishing anguish. This is the opposite of easy listening.

Formed in 2003, the band's debut EP, God Slave, was a self-released mission statement, welcoming the band into the world like young, kicking, screaming giants. Following this release, Indian’s first three records – The Unquiet Sky, Slights and Abuse, and The Sycophant, respectively – were all issued through Portland, OR based metal label Seventh Rule Recordings. Each of these releases found the band gaining momentum and attracting followers, as well as performing shows with bands such as Wolves in the Throne Room, Locrian, and Agalloch.

After being signed to Relapse Records in 2010, Indian began to diligently craft their third full-length, knowing that, this time around, all eyes were on them. Not only did the band live up to their fans’ lofty expectations, but they also achieved a massive critical breakthrough. Guiltless was released in 2011 to rave reviews. The Chicagoist described the album as “a musical journey into the mouth of teeth-rattling metal madness,” while Metal Hammer simply called it “pretty much an essential album.”

Fans were also impressed, gathering to soak up the band’s feverish rays of doom on tour across the country. The band performed shows with High on Fire, Batillus, and Yob, translating their recorded sounds into a murky, devilish live show. Such performances confirmed Indian as one of the most exciting metal acts making music today, recalling an era in which the genre felt truly new, bursting with energy and untapped potential. Or, as Revolver puts it, “Nothing has sounded more genuinely evil and distressing in a long time.” All hail Indian

Review :

The Chicago gang has returned and launched into 2014 with a new arsenal of 'tunes' to bash you over the head with until it caves in. Their new album and latest for Relapse is 'From All Purity', an entirely misleading title considering just how truly pitch black some of this noise is that they have managed to produce. Bleak doom is bleak, yo.

If you're going to start off a new album with a song as confrontationally titled as 'Rape', then it's going to have to be impressive. Needless to say it is not extolling the non-existent physical virtues of that horrific word, but the context with which it offers it up fits the crushing nature of this music. Things are business from the off with guitars puking up squalid riffs that are laced with white noise, and the drumming is like a repeated rock to the skull. Repetition does not necessarily yield boredom; here it is used for the purposes of submission. Hammering the listener into submission is an evident intention throughout this new album, and the blunt force trauma of the skins towards the end here goes a long way towards accomplishing that.

'Directional' is more uneasy listening, unnervingly quiet in it's infancy before a granite drum beat commences like a funeral procession led by heroin addicts, each one fearful that this might just be a glimpse of their future. That constant fuzz that leaks from the riffs here will make you nauseous, and it will test your stomach. Nothing worth doing ever came easy, and this track is worth the physical endurance.

'Rhetoric Of No' is pretty much as 'standard' as the pace can be on 'FAP', but to call it upbeat would be entirely remiss. It's still utterly BAF (that's 'bleak as fuck', a brand new Fittonism), and the chance to headbang at the start quickly gives way to a second half populated again by the collapse of society channelled through musical instruments. If you attempted to headbang to this then you would look like you are just nodding in agreement. How heavy is the new Indian album? Too heavy to headbang to, for the most part.

I mentioned at the start of this review that I perceived the mission statement to be submission at all costs. Much like Primitive Man did at the very start of last year, Indian have laid down the challenge to all comers in 2014 to try and match the pure weight of their doom-laden and suffocating new music. And to this listener at least, the message has been received painfully loud and crystal clear.

Mission accomplished.

Words by : Matt Fitton

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