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PURTENANCE - Awaken From Slumber
Band:   PURTENANCE
Title: Awaken From Slumber
CAT. #: XM 135 CD
Format: CD [37:34]
Genre: Finnish Death Metal
Released: 10.2013
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Tracklist:
01. Intro
02. Hatred
03. What Was Hidden
04. Toxic Death
05. Field of Terror
06. Vaikka Paahtuisin Tulessa
07. End for the Parasites (Called Humankind)
08. Hour of the Cannibal
09. Temptation of Suicide
10. Risen From Grave
11. Endless Abyss (outro)
Comment:
Long awaited 2nd album by this mythic finnish band. A monstruous work of dark, dense and heavy Death Metal for lovers of bands like INCANTATION, BOLT THROWER, ABHORRENCE, RIPPIKOULU...
Soil Chronicles Webzine (fra) 11.12.2013
Purtenance se présente à nous comme un chantre de l’underground le plus sombre, le plus malsain, le moins abordable. Pas de mauvaises surprises ici, la pochette est à l’image de ce que l’on attend du groupe : une musique bestiale qui bouffe à tous les râteliers de l’extrême : Brutal Death, Grind voire Doom.
Pourtant, les choses débutent plutôt posément avec une « Intro » digne d’un vieux My Dying Bride mais tout tourne rapidement au carnage après une minute de pur Grind dévastateur et sans pitié (« Hatred »). Attention, on est très loin des productions léchées modernes : le son est caverneux, avec beaucoup d’écho, le chant a pour seul équivalent un dinosaure en rut, les instruments vrombissent comme des bulldozers et la batterie éclate les têtes à grands coups de maillets.
Plus on avance dans la découverte de Awaken From Slumber, plus on s’aperçoit que derrière ses apparats de barbares, Purtenance se révèle bien plus subtil qu’il n’y paraît. Déjà parce que les Finlandais ne se contentent pas de massacrer uniformément la mélodie puisqu’ils intègrent de nombreux ralentissements Doom salvateurs (« What Was Hidden », « Risen From Grave ») voire des passages redevables à un Thrash titanesque puissamment efficace (« Toxic Death »), ensuite parce que Purtenance sait faire preuve de la même folie qu’un Terminally Your Aborted Ghost par exemple. On trouve donc des titres à la structure échevelée, toujours incroyablement brutaux mais complètement barrés (« Vaikka Paahtuisin Tulessa », « Hour of the Cannibal ») ce qui à tend à démontrer que le groupe n’est pas une énième bête sans cervelle.
Du coup, en dépit de l’hyper violence générale qui se dégage de l’album, l’auditeur est constamment sollicité, dérouté, son attention maintenue du début à la fin. D’aucun pourrait regretter cette dispersion et considérer que le groupe se fourvoie dans des expérimentations absconses, d’autres, comme moi, apprécieront l’effort louable d’originalité et d’innovation qui permet au disque de s’élever loin au-dessus de la masse besogneuse.
Awaken From Slumber est proprement monstrueux, dans le bon sens du terme. Il est à la fois inouï de noirceur abyssale et de violence exaltée, tout en restant systématiquement passionnant. La séance de dépeçage s’achève sur l’angoissant instrumental « Endless Abyss (Outro) » qui permet enfin de respirer un peu. C’est pour moi une très grosse claque de Brutal Death Métal, bien qu’à ne pas mettre en toutes les oreilles. Nous pourrons juste regretter que ce ne soit que le second L.P. d’une formation pourtant active depuis 1991, autant dire la préhistoire du Death Métal.
Arno [8/10]
From Beyond Metal Fanzine (spa) 06.12.2013
Se han tomando mas de una decada en publicar su segundo larga duracion, despues de liberar el año pasado el respetable ep "Sacrifice The King". Purtenance, en esta nueva oportunidad hacen del death metal una obra bizarra y en dimensión lúgubre y castatroficamente oscura, no se han repetido en las formulas y eso es ya un oval de confianza cuando escuchamos enteramente el disco, en la dimensión de este trabajo a todas luces se centra en unas estructuras musicales bien enmarcadas en el DM cavernoso y casi exclusivamente apto para amantes del estilo, de hecho es así, en ocasiones se pierden los growls y los beats no se integran uniformemente haciendo de esto un conglomerado de sonidos estridentes y a la vez pesados donde te queda una opción o seguir escuchando el amasijo de guitarras o pulsar stop a tu equipo reproductor, no se hace fácil escuchar el disco, en su justa dimensión es una obra mas de Purtenance con ciertos ingredientes que hasta lo hacen mas atractivos que en un pasado, pudieran parecer mas sucios y mas oscuros ahora manteniendo la linea de sus anteriores grabaciones.
Glibert V [3.5/5]
Made In Metal Webzine (spa) 03.12.2013
Tercer trabajo de los finlandeses Purtenance, si incluimos el anterior EP del 2012 "Sacrifice The King".

Purtenance son una leyenda dentro del viejo y brutal Death europeo más pesado, habiendo sacado su primer disco hace más de 20 años.

Os vais a encontrar temas brutales, con guitarras súper -pesadas y graves y voces de ultratumba inhumanas, empezando el disco con una intro tenebrosa, dando paso sin tregua a la brutalidad rápida y pesada de "What Was Hidden", para continuar al más Death Doom del tema "Toxic Death", recordando los riffs de guitarra y la pesadez de la voz a los mejores temas de Bolt Thrower, buena ejecución en los tiempos y decadencia total.

En "Vaikka Paahtuisin Tulessa" único tema del disco interpretado en su lengua madre finesa, sorprenden variando la voz, siendo tipo scream, más acorde con grupos black en el comienzo, para dar paso a una estructura más Death Doom, y finalizar con blast beats a lo bestia.

No dan tregua con la rapidez y cadencia del siguiente " End for the Parasites (Called Humankind)" (toda una declaración de intenciones el título del tema ). A destacar el tema "Hour of the Cannibal", para mí de los mejores del disco.

Finalizan con la sorprendente e instrumental Outro únicamente con sintetizadores "Endless Abyss". Brillante portada y buen disco si te gusta el Death europeo de sonido ultra pesado y voces cavernosas, con alternancia de partes rápidas y doom ultra pesadas.
Christopher Pérez
Heavy Metal Tribune Webzine (sin) 29.10.2013
My interest in Finnish death metal soared at the start of this year with the introduction of Vorum and their excellent debut full length, resulting in me digging deeper and deeper into Finnish death metal history. It certainly helps that Xtreem Music has been putting our reissues of classic Finnish death metal over the past years, resulting in my first encounter with Purtenance and their 1992 album, Member of Immortal Damnation which left me rather breathless.

And with their return last year after an almost 20-year hiatus, the band quickly released a short 6-track EP Sacrifice the King, and finally their sophomore full length release this year in the form of Awaken from Slumber. With the lineup now boasting 2 new members along with Harri and Juha from the original incarnation of the band, Purtenance strikes back stronger than ever and fans of the band can be assured that despite the long break that they have taken, none of their style, nor aggressiveness has been removed.

The introductory track is one such instance to remind fans of the band Purtenance‘s style, being rather soothing and calming yet haunting, before all hell break loose with Hatred, a short, grindish 27-second track. Things really start to get heated up with What was Hidden, and the ugliness in Purtenance‘s music becomes really evident. The crushing riffs of Juha and Nokelainen along with the alternating between violent blast beats and more simplistic, energetic d-beat quickly remind one of their other compatriots such as Abhorrence and Convulse. The latter especially so with the heavy usage of atmospheric and ambient effects to keep things dark and ugly.

Furthermore, Ville’s vocals help to give the band a slight Rottrevore or even Putrevore touch, leaving the listener feeling all the more uneasy, with the crushing intensity and filthy backdrop at times being rather reminiscent of Incantation or bands like Grave Miasma as well.

Yet the band does not simply dwell in their past as there are instances where the band attempts to include some elements of groove into their music as well, such as on Toxic Death, where there is some slight Bolt Thrower or Jungle Rot that could be spotted, though obviously put to a much heavier extent over here.

The excellence that exudes from Purtenance‘s first full length album after their activation is evidence of the band’s stature in the old school Finnish death metal scene. And with this album, the band has indeed awoken from slumber, ready to dish out more relentless Finnish death metal onto the unsuspecting masses.
Hong Rui
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