Listen to the new album from Elias Dummer!
Listen to the new album from Elias Dummer!

JFH Staff Review


A Plea For Purging, Depravity
A Plea For Purging
Depravity



Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 11 tracks: 42 minutes, 50 seconds
Street Date: March 3, 2009


It's a good time to be a Christian metal fan right now. It seems everywhere you turn, more new metal is being released, and you may have a hard time picking which band to buy. Well, here's some more music to choose from. The Murfreesboro, Tennessee band A Plea For Purging has released their sophomore album on Facedown Records, entitled Depravity.

A Plea For Purging's musical approach can best be described as August Burns Red with less breakdowns and somewhat more straightforward song structure. The vocals are low and very guttural, which sounds good for the most part, as long as they are supported by the instrumentation. By themselves, as we hear briefly in the third track "Malevolence," they sound somewhat strained and forced. The guitars chug along in the typical metalcore style, occasionally breaking out into some fast runs or high, more ethereal accompaniment. Every once in a while, an electronic feel will emerge briefly, which is a nice touch. The overall sound is solid and exactly what the listener would expect from a metalcore band.

Unfortunately, A Plea For Purging has one very obvious flaw that affects the entire album. There is very little variation between tracks, especially where rhythm is concerned, and at some point every song becomes a slow, grinding growl that drags for longer than is warranted. By the time the listener gets to the final track, everything has started to sound the same. Occasionally the band does manage to produce an energetic sound that can carry the track through, without getting boring. The aforementioned "Malevolence" is definitely the high point of Depravity, bringing a consistent energy that mounts very nicely into a soaring chorus. "Traitor," "Motives," and "Retribution" are also solid efforts. Yet, the other tracks do not always measure up.

A Plea For Purging is a talented band that could use some more experience in songwriting before they will be able to unleash their full potential. It is definitely nice to hear a band that isn't entirely committed to endless breakdowns. In that sense, Depravity possesses a refreshing sound. At the same time, this is a flawed album. Metal fans looking for new music will be justified in purchasing Depravity, but they should expect only an average effort.

- Review date: 3/2/09, written by Timothy Estabrooks of Jesusfreakhideout.com

 

. Record Label: Facedown Records
. Album length: 11 tracks: 42 minutes, 50 seconds
. Street Date: March 3, 2009
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. Descension (0:27)
  2. Retribution (3:38)
  3. Malevolence (4:00)
  4. Holocausts (3:48)
  5. Motives (3:24)
  6. Devourer (4:30)
  7. Prevaricator (4:27)
  8. Traitor (4:13)
  9. Misanthropy (3:18)
  10. Reputation (4:35)
  11. Depravity (6:34)

 

 

go to main Album review page
go to Album review archive

 

JFH Sponsor Spot:

 

 

           
Listen to the new album from Every Nation Music!

Search JFH



Music Out This Week

This Thursday, February 14
Slow Coming Day 1,000 Years (Like A Day) [Indie Vision]


This Friday, February 15
1K Phew What's Understood - EP [Reach]
Bethel Music Bethel Music En Español [Bethel]
Highlands Worship Jesus You Alone - Single [The Fuel]
Neon Feather Come To Life (feat. Matty Mullins) - Single [Centricity]
Jars of Clay If I Left The Zoo (Vinyl Debut) [SMLXL]
LEDGER Completely - Single [Atlantic]
Brady Novotny Passions Collide [MTS Records]
Passion “Step Into The Light” Featuring Sean Curran - Single [SixSteps]
29:11 Worship Marble & Mortar Vol. 1 [DREAM Worship]
Kevin Ward He Loves - Single [DREAM]
Ian Yates Deconstruction - Single [7Core]


Next Friday, February 22
For All Seasons Light and Momentary - Single [Centricity]
London Gatch New Stories [BEC Worship]
Plumb Somebody Loves You - 2-Track Single [Centricity]
Michael W. Smith Awaken: The Surrounded Experience [The Fuel]
The Tommies Reunion The Tommies Reunion [Tyscot]
UPPERROOM To The One [The Fuel]


For all release dates, click here!
 


New Music Reviews


Check out the new album from Portraits Music!

New Indie Reviews


New Movie Reviews

  • Image Glass
    PG-13 (Theatrical)

Free MP3 Downloads