The biography for The Way Of Purity states: “The Way Of Purity doesn’t show off with smart or cool band members. No names, no fancy photos, no effigy, no trendy musical influences and no nationality. No compromise, no way to talk or get to know us – we are the fucking NOTHING. We are just a real and concrete message.”
Well, I guess we can debate whether not revealing names and wearing masks over faces is being ‘nothing’ or using the Slipknot way of standing out for more than the music initially.
Though The Way Of Purity are not militant in their determination, they have no fancy photos, just the rather lovely vocalist Tiril Skardal as the only band member to appear without a disguise. We are here though to check out their album “Crosscore” so we will concentrate on the music and not to comment on their militant stances and strong messages of God, Satan and faith though that is the strength and substance to purposeful and at times inspired lyrics.
The album starts off with ‘The 23rd Circle Breeds Pestilence’ a full on grindcore track with a no frills attack from all departments, a decent and strong song if not really bringing anything new to the party. The vocals from Ms. Skardal, aggressive and rasping are if I am honest the weakest element here and unfortunately a recurring theme at times through the album. This is actually not helped by tracks such as ‘The Rise Of Noah’, easily the best track on “Crosscore” and the closing track ‘Pure’, as on these two tracks she reveals her real singing voice and it is so much better! Imagine Cristina Scabbia with a real attitude and you get the idea but sadly over the ten tracks of “Crosscore” it is only really revealed twice. A blend of her two styles in the vein of Shamaya Otep would enhance the music much more I believe.
Musically The Way Of Purity mix their metalcore sounds with some lighter and often more indie melodies, the keyboards of ‘Lost My Faith’ are especially impressive, and also ‘Loyal Breakdown Of Souls’ with its wasp like persistent melody behind the chopping and guitars. The lighter guitars of ‘Deathwish’ and ‘Without Name’, where Skardal’s growls do work and fit alongside the music perfectly.
On ‘Egoist’ the music plunges head first into the dark side and rampages in a Brujeria vein. The bass of Jeffrey and the skin beating drums on ‘Wall Of Death’ drive the chaos on relentlessly. There is no doubting the band have ability and some intriguing ideas musically, but we are only teased with these ideas rather than treated to fully developed concepts.
“Crosscore” is a more than competent album but, unfortunately, an underwhelming one.