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Review: Viogression - A Pure Formality
A Pure Formality

Label: Independent
Year released: 2014
Duration: 21:26
Tracks: 4
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: October 5, 2016
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (10 Votes)

Milwaukee Death Metal veterans, Viogression, were formed in 1988, and they managed to release a couple of full-length albums – Expound and Exhort in 1991 and Passage in 1992 – on Tombstone Records before calling it quits in 1994.

In 2014,Viogression made their comeback, after having been away 20 long years from the brightest spotlights. Guitarist Bill Mears (also in Accidental Suicide) is actually the only member of the current lineup who wasn't part of Viogression's first incarnation.

A Pure Formality, a four-track EP, is the first outing from Viogression since they reformed in 2014. Compared to the band's previous two full-length studio albums, A Pure Formality has a tad more progressive and experimental approach to it, and in a good way – not for the sake of progressiveness or anything like that. It still sounds like Viogression, with vocalist Brian DeNeffe's torturous and deeply throaty vocal delivery not having changed a bit over the past 20 years. He actually sounds like he's in great pain. Viogression's Death Metal has also become trickier and more challenging sounding over the years. The song "End of Fall" alone speaks for Viogression's hungrier way to express themselves musically, where they clearly offer a harder nut for everyone to break. The same applies to "Nocturnal", with its doom-ish and haunting atmosphere, in which Viogression truly proves they are still capable of creating some worthy stuff. The last song has a lot of blast beat mayhem. It starts off with very doom-filled, with slow riffs and beautiful melodies, but that does not last long. After the 1:24-minute mark, they just let go, letting some steam off the engine and making you feel like you're getting mangled by a freight train. Gladly they end the song in style by totally slowing down and throwing in some sweet experimental parts.

For the Viogression fans and whatnot, for every Death Metal fan in particular, Viogression's new coming is well worth checking out.

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