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PURTENANCE
PURTENANCE
Member Of Immortal Damnation
(Xtreem Music)
66:01min

Anybody who knows a little bit about Finnish Death Metal should have this album by short-lived act PURTENANCE in his collection – either as the original release on Drowned Productions (1992) or the ’09 The Crypt vinyl version. Now, Xtreem Music have done a proper CD re-release, just like they did for FUNEBRE, DEMIGOD as well and “Member Of Immortal Damnation” now also features the three tracks from the “Crown Waits The Immortal” EP plus the demo from ’91 originally released when PURTENANCE still had the AVULSION in their band name. While I never considered PURTENANCE as fantastic as DEMIGOD, CONVULSE, FUNEBRE, early SENTENCED, DEMILICH it’s still mandatory stuff for all you old school lunatics out there as it is simply wrong to not have it. Even now, tracks like the dramatic ‘Black Vision’ (the guitar melodies and the growl at 3:47 are still pure gold!), ‘A Dark Cloud Rises’ or ‘The Lost Memories’ never fail to do the trick and apart from some sick melodies PURTENANCE had a straight forward aggressiveness to offer that made them differ from their contemporaries. Though the latter had better productions back then compared to PURTENANCE, this remastered version sounds fine, remains true to the original and even the EP and demo songs come across great. If you don’t know the band – check it out on the net and then buy this – if you know the band you’ll buy it anyways, hehe! Just as a little tip for everybody, Xtreem Music has a killer old school compilation online to commemorate its 10th anniversary, download it for free at the link below and put some decent shit on your ipod: www.xtreemmusic.com/compilation/, www.xtreemmusic.com, www.myspace.com/purtenance

Stefan Franke

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