Blackened doom metal suite From All Purity has a track titled “Rape,” and it is not an appropriation of the word. Its mammoth dissonance is an allegory befitting the act. A narmy charm of certain branches of heavy metal is the use of the profane and gory; Indian’s preclusion of camp makes for an affectively1 visceral subversion.
Indian is deadly serious, and that’s for the better. Dylan O’Toole has a curious high-pitched scream that ranks among the best of doom and black metal alike and is misanthropy incarnate. It’s banshee-esque on tracks such as “Directional” and “Rhetoric of No,” and it’s barely identifiable beneath the chaotic noise of “Clarify.” Speaking of which, electronic noise is an essential component of From All Purity‘s high quality. Sure, lots of heavy metal uses noise2, but Indian is different because the noise is utilized as an extant instrument rather than as a gimmick.3 Without O’Toole or the noise effects, Indian would be another Sunn O))) or ’90s Boris rip-off.
From All Purity falters in its latter third with “Clarity” and “Disambiguation;” an album established in methodical annihilation is broken by the former’s formlessness. The latter is not a bad track, but it treads the same line as “Rhetoric of No.” There’s a series of double-kicked blast beats toward the end that are pretty decent, but the other six minutes trudge less effectively than the tidal sludge riffs of “Directional.”
That being said, nitpicking Indian tracks is like saying you wanted Andouille sausages on your pizza and instead got roasted pepperoni. It’s pizza either way, and a delicious one at that. A track titled “Rape” may be an initial put-off, but do not mistake Indian for one who does not appreciate the absolute devastation such a word carries. From All Purity is a beautiful void of maleficence – an album masked by the evil it so despises.
1. Rape – (7:47) – ★★★★★
2. The Impetus Bleeds – (6:39) – ★★★★☆
3. Directional – (6:25) – ★★★★★
4. Rhetoric of No – (6:18) – ★★★★☆
5. Clarify – (4:36) – ★★★☆☆
6. Disambiguation – (7:46) – ★★★★☆
1Yes, that is the correct word.
2Pick up literally any death metal album that came out in the past five years.
3The Body and Altar of Plagues also do this pretty well on I Shall Die Here and Teethed Glory and Injury, respectively.