Indian – From All Purity

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By Gruesome Greg

These Chicago sludgesters are a filthy, dirty beast that would rather rape your ears than shake your hand. Case in point, the first song on their six-song, sixth album is simply entitled “Rape.” Yeah, they went there…

And thus, they skip the foreplay and head straight to the pummeling with an opening salvo that mixes vicious black-metal vocals, screeching electronics, droning, doomy downstrokes and heavy, crashing percussion—for eight minutes. “The Impetus Bleeds” is equally unsettling, the band’s blend of blackened sludge delivering a disturbing soundtrack to your nightmares. They throw in a few post-sludge, NeurIsis style riffs every now and then, but otherwise, it’s pretty much 40 minutes of capital punishment, save the four-and-a-half minutes of harsh noise and muddy vocals on fifth track “Clarify.”

Then again, as opposed to Neurosis, Isis and company, there isn’t a whole lot in the way of tempo changes or softer passages to be found here. On a 40-minute album, they can almost get away with it, but even still, I find this one gets a little grating with its constant slow pummel.

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Sean Palmerston

Sean is the founder/publisher of Hellbound.ca; he has also written about metal for Exclaim!, Metal Maniacs, Roadburn, Unrestrained! and Vice.