Line – up (2010): A. Death – vocals/guitars/bass/drums/keyboards.
Stockholm ( ). Sweden
Better song of the work:
“Sacrificial Death Salvation”.
Better feature of the band:
Its bestial fury mixed with a good variety.
So, here you are the Putrified, that are so conscious to belong to this “revival” movement to naming their own first demo as “The Return of the Swedish Old – School Death Metal”. Then, this solo – project band released even two albums between 2011 and
2012, A. Death is really prolific, so I’m going to review his new opus “Sacrilegious Purification”, consisting of 6 tracks per 22 minutes circa of slaughter.
The first important thing to say about the Putrified’s music is its fury, that is at times so bestial to closing to the early Tiamat of “Sumerian Cry” – era, all the more so because the dog – like vocals are very similar to those ones of Johan Edlund with the plus of occasional and strange voices, like desperate screams more “human” than the usual. The fury exhaled by A. Death consist of frequent blast – beats, also if the songs are very well – balanced between the fast tempos and the slower ones, not forgetting some headbanging moments here and there. Besides all this, the solos gives to the entire release a chaotic mood, the attack of the titletrack is a big example of this. Despite the ultra – violence, a single track can has even three solos, and these ones are well – played with a bunch of surprises during the listening of the EP.
In fact, the surprise – factor has a fundamental role in this work. First of all, the music of Putrified is influenced by many genres like black metal (the first two tracks especially), thrash (“Sacrificial Death Salvation” for example) and crust (“Evocatio”), while the closing track “Sacred Putrefaction” is based completely on doom metal. The black metal intuitions are helped by some minimalist and dark keyboards, but it’s a shame that they played only into the outros of many songs starting with “Sacrificial Death Salvation”. Secondly, A. Death try sometimes to be melodic, like in “This Poisoned Chalice” (but in this track the melodies aren’t developed in a good way) and the doomish “Sacred Putrefaction”. But this big variety isn’t always a good affair, also because the music risks to be less homogenous, maybe losing that incredibile violence, typical of many songs (so, “Sacred Putrefaction” is too different than the rest of the EP, considering even its very simple structure).
Despite all these considerations, the work contains a little death metal masterpiece titled “Sacrificial Death Salvation”, that has many anthology moments. By the way, the mid – section is awesome since it ranges from melodic and slow moments to ultra – furious assault through a crazy and simple restart. During these atmosphere shifts there is a long solo, able to adapt itself to the different and aforementioned passages. Neither I must forget the vocal performance here, in particular when A. Death screams the song’s title in the possible dirtier way!
Flavio “Claustrofobia” Adducci
1 – Sacrilegious Purification/ 2 – Pestilentialis/ 3 – Sacrificial Death Salvation/ 4 – This Poisoned Chalice/ 5 – Evocatio/ 6 – Sacred Putrefaction