Released: 2008, Animate Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Holy rotten teabags of motherfuckin´ christ! The German deathsters Purgatory have been spreading their plague since 1993, and the band´s latest, 5th full-length studio album, CULTUS LUCIFERI - THE SPLENDOUR OF CHAOS, brings us 9 new vicious pieces of pure death metal that should even re-animate dead and buried human corpses back to life.
These German hordes of hell attack us with a full blast, offering basically the basics of death metal, but doing it really damn well, and in a convincingly way.
There´s certain type of Vader-ism and Deicide-ism present on this album, which I don´t mean as an insult toward them, but as sort of a compliment - generally knowing how much both Vader and Deicide are appreciated in the world of more extreme metal music. Purgatory, however, is a tad heavier and more straight-forward sounding act than Vader or Deicide, moving on determinedly and ruthlessly like a dozen armored Caterpillar D9R bulldozers, grinding everything in front of them, to dust.
Lifting up the best songs above some other songs, is pretty much unnecessary as the whole package works immensely well. How could a relatively technical, fast, half blastbeat orientated and 100% pure death metal ever be a bad thing? Well, it can´t.
It´s also cool to notice Purgatory pays homage to their country fellows Morgoth by doing a cover of their "Pits of Utumno", from the band´s 1998 demo with the same title. Purgatory´s version sounds absolutely different (yes, updated first and foremost), but great - and you can still easily recognize it as Morgoth´s song. Thanks also to the original Morgoth vocalist Marc Grewe for providing his death grunts for this song (not to mention some other guests on CULTUS LUCIFERI - from Martin van Drunen of Asphyx to Onieral of Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult).
There´s not much left in my mind so that I could better describe Purgatory´s latest opus CULTUS LUCIFERI. If 100% pure, brutal and modern death metal cuts your cake better than your lovely grandma does at her 98th B-day, then you have obviously sunk your teeth into this particular death metal cake in question already. Yes, it tastes good and rots your teeth eventually, i.e. it´s good stuff throughout.