The Midwest hardcore crew, PURGATORY, unleashed their sophomore album Lawless To Grave today through Unbeaten Records. Recorded in only four days at Landmine Studios with Len Carmichael, the band’s new effort is their most immersive and darkest release to date.
Delving into the collective experience of their members, Purgatory offers the listener an unfiltered look into the darkness and futility of life in middle-American. Personal betrayal, encounters with the justice system, a country run by racist, corrupt politicians, and experiences with abusive, religious, and addicted family members all lead to the bleak conclusions found on the album. Purgatory takes a deep dive into the constant war of everyday life, the compounding stressors that bring people to a knife’s edge, and capture the anxiety and grit of simply getting by in their crushing swing at the world, Lawless To Grave.
“The band’s no frills approach combines the crunch of metal with the grit of hardcore” – Knotfest
“If you’re feeling like maybe you wanna punch a hole through the Earth today, then Purgatory is your soundtrack.”
– Metal Injection
“Every riff and breakdown feels designed to maximize violence, which is exactly where Purgatory succeed.”
– Decibel Magazine
“Midwestern rabble-rousers” – Revolver Magazine
“Purgatory push and push, laying down hard-ass tracks with nuanced guitar work” – New Noise Magazine
“Unrelenting stone-cold slab of metallic hardcore fury” – Cvlt Nation
“Bone-crushing” – BrooklynVegan