Published Jan 20, 2014Too often doom metal lazily forsakes the definition behind its namesake, instead simply plodding along behind other proponents of the genre in slow-and-low tempos, but lacking the "death, destruction, or some other terrible fate" that Oxford Dictionaries associate with the term. Fortunately, Indian's From All Purity puts the context at the forefront of their impetus, as they funnel Stephen O'Malley (Khanate, Burning Witch) and Electric Wizard through a filter caked in sludge to siphon hope from any listener's soul.
The album drags on, grating your ears the whole way, until reaching the noisy, rhythm-less "Clarify," which only disorients you further. Closer "Disambiguation" and opener "Rape" provide crushing bookends to the album, but it still ends abruptly with no appropriate conclusion, leaving you sitting in emotional purgatory between uncomfortable and dissatisfied, wanting more. Last year, Celeste put out a sludgy doom-inflected black metal record; this year, Indian turned the equation on its head and put out a blackened doom record, that's equally depraved, nihilistic, and crucial for any fan of truly heavy music.
Read a new interview with Indian by clicking here. (Relapse)