Review by JD on September 5, 2012.
Finnish rockers The Purifiction came to me for review, with little in the way of any fanfare. Holding a varied shadings of influences from the quirkiness of Rob Zombie to the more simplified crunching of Disturbed with added bizarre sort of Grunge-ish metal underlaying playing with Motorhead/Judas Priest melodies at times. Needless to say, this certainly made me intrigued as all fuck.
There is little info on the band for me to use for background, other than the Facebook© page and the sadly ignored MySpace page - and that was basically shit. I used just what this band sounds like to do this review - and found myself listening to it rather intensly to catch every nuance that I could glean out of them. What I dug up was a mixed bag of things both musically and even lyrically that were dead.
While some of the songs have smatterings of interesting moments through out the disk, the horrible one dimensional vocals come across as bad metal karioke from a singer with very limited range and even less talent. I am impressed with the bassist at times with his playing, but even this member of the band seems to dip into the pool of crap and comes out smelling even worse - as the bass turns into mush.
The overall feel of the album is wrapped in this constant state of confusion, and never really gets going because of it. Most of you out there could not ever notice that the music sounds as if it had been thrown together with no direction to what the songs were. Couple that with some lackluster musicianship and the feel that the band needed something to get them motivated in the right direction... you get The Purifiction. My hope is that the bands rights itself and begins to make more of an effort to go forwards.
Bypass this album... you will be glad you did.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 2.7 out of 10