Pure - Ification
Once the opener, "Fire" kicks in, with its burst of dangerous, almost out of control guitar riffs by Christoph de Babalon, you might think you are in for a messy, noisy ride. You are, but "Ification" is more than that. Pure is mostly an idea. Songs are driven by samples, drums, guest vocalists (Alexandra von Bolzn) that weave a song together, or appear and disappear within it. "After The Bomb" may seem jarringly silent after the opener, yet it too carries its own restrained madness.
Slow drones propels "Night Flight" and "Approximation," though the latter does mix in some noise. Von Bolzn screams her way at points on "Sonomatopoeia," and is an acquired taste. The band provides more than enough power-the voice is an add on.
Drummer Martin Brandlmayr excels throughout, especially providing almost lead work on the epic "Metal Sky."
In all, Pure take bits and pieces of sounds and voices, to create a low, rumbling epic of restraint and movement. That sense of forward progression into the unknown is what makes "Ification" the tense ride that it is. Pure make a whole of pieces of sound, and weave their own web with them.
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