“Purge” is the first album released by the Huntsville, AL deathcore group: Gatekeeper. The album begins with a skit that sounded a bit sexual to start with some ragtime music in the background, however it grows into something more where the girl is screaming, and that really puts a sense of fear in the track.
You still get the typical low tuned guitars and bass you would expect when firing up a deathcore album, however one of my biggest issues with deathcore vocalists is not being able to understand the majority of what they are saying. This is not the case with vocalist Matt Childers, his vocals fit perfectly in every aspect of the album and you can understand him. Thank you metal gods.
The chugs that you’re used to are definitely here, but there is also riffage and harmonies (although I hoped for a few more) that really bring the album to a full circle. The track “Purge” even had a very tasteful solo. I would like to give some extra credit to the bassist here, Matthew Boyd, there is a ton of groove which I’m just not used to in deathcore music. My 3-year-old son is even head banging as I listen to this album.
The drummer is a complete beast on this album, I don’t have a single negative comment on him. It’s not “too much” not “too little”, just all around solid drumming with enough technicality to add some flavor.
Overall “Purge” is a deathcore album that I personally would listen to more than a few times without being bored of it. The album doesn’t seem like one gigantic song that seems more common than not in today’s deathcore world. If you haven’t picked the album up yet be sure to do if you’re into this style of play.