However, catharsis through rhythmic abandon is only one element of Purge, bangers sharing space with bleakness and despair. On Lazarus Leper, martial beats and needling two-note guitar lines soundtrack a world where ‘Nothing makes sense.’ The Father opens with the words ‘Failure… Imperfection…’ as it delves into mournful ambience to unnerving effect. You Are The Judge, The Jury, And The Executioner is eight minutes of starkly drifting grimness, while even the junglist energy fuelling Permission is more long dark tunnel than all-night party.
An overwhelming addition to a back catalogue not lacking in transcendental power, Purge finds Justin channelling distress and disgust into music that hits both body and soul, creating something wonderful out of horror and pain. This really is a perfectly-titled album.
For fans of: Swans, Killing Joke, Dälek
Purge is released on June 9 via Avalanche