THE PURGE | WAVES
GOTH, POST HARDCORE
3 of 5 stars
Review by Hannah Brady
Cold, lifeless, electronic beats behind all-too-familiar cries for help create a metaphor for the composer’s existence contrasting with a world that couldn’t care less. The beginning of The Purge’s album, ‘Waves’, almost feels too personal to listen to. Vocal bombs of anxiety drop, demolishing any remains of hope. Finally, a bright piano stands alone in the hellscape.Youth brings you through the aftermath of the anxiety-attack of a beginning as denial sets in. For a brief three minutes and twenty-five seconds, The Purge dissociates from the post-apocalyptic remains in order to survive Once Seized begins, reality sets in and the darkness continues. There’s more instrumental depth than before, which transitions into the namesake of the album. Dynamics rise and fall with the emotional tide as The Purge cycles through the tumultuous, seemingly never-ending cycle of depression and hopelessness in Waves. Dust settles in the aftermath, once again. Is this the last time? Will we see the extreme tension again, or is this the final stage? Anxiety passes and regret takes hold Thomas Duerig laments that he was “meant to be more than this- meant to be someone else.” Yet, there is an air of acceptance. ‘Waves’ is a true form of self-expression. The album is all about contrast. The vocals and instruments are completely different for a reason; they emphasize how hard it is to exist as an individual in an emotionally repressed society.In the words of W. Somerset Maugham, “We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to.” ‘Waves’ was not written solely for a listener to enjoy; ‘Waves’ was written to express otherwise indescribable emotions.
to listen to The Purge visit http://thepurgeva.bandcamp.com/album/waves
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