Violent Journey Records (2012)
The five piece Finnish death metal group Pyuria formed in 1996 and release their third album “Incarnadine Revelry”- their first in five years. Original Torture Killer growler Matti Liuke joins the band on this 8 song outing, which has a weird groove nature at certain times. You can hear semi-swing beats or 50’s rock and roll riffs transformed into the classic early 90’s down-tuned death style- my favorites occurring in “Eradicate The Parasites” with the intro 4 bars like “Rock Around The Clock” and a slow swing beat transition riff. I love the horror soundtrack dialogue that streams through “Flesh Grotesque”.
As far as the music style and riffing, Pyuria play more in a slower to mid-tempo death vein, embracing bands like Grave and Obituary and injecting occasional blast beats when necessary. There are sudden bursts of guitar sweeps and squeals from Oskari Maki and Ville Lahtivirta that signal riff changes within “I Am Pain”, and some of their best picking work occurs on the album’s concluding cut “The Dead Will Devour Us All”. At 38 minutes in length, the band executes their ideas in such a way that you feel they’ve spent a lot of time refining and re-tooling the arrangements so everything flows easily- no excessive technicality or unnecessary individual spotlights here.
A great mix of shorter compact songs and material that hits the 5-7 minute mark for a little instrumental brooding, “Incarnadine Revelry” will not disappoint those who are looking for straightforward death metal from the heart.
Rating: 4 / 6
Composed by Matt Coe