Brace yourself for impact, Deez Nuts have just released their latest studio album. The hardcore Australians have stayed true to their roots with their latest album, ‘Binge & Purgatory’, the fifth full-length offering from the band.
While the album is fairly short, clocking in at around thirty minutes, it packs a great punch with a blistering set of songs. ‘Purgatory’ is one of the album’s highlights. The song encompasses heavy riffs and vocals that combine elements of metalcore and rap metal. Dimebag Darrell‘s influence on Matt Rogers‘ guitar provides catchy riffs during this song, and gives the album a classic, familiar feel.
Vocalist JJ Peters sings with passion on ‘Purgatory’, setting the tone for the rest of the album. Each song is an emotional outburst, and is well-complimented by vocal delays and breaks in the sound. These stylistic features are a credit to the production of the album, and reflect the modern sound of ‘Binge & Purgatory’, despite its roots being in the band’s early influences.
‘Discord’ is another highlight. Initially, it feels like a throwback to earlier Deez Nuts releases such as ‘Like There’s No Tomorrow’, however, the topic of the song is much more complex and contemplative. Having explored the party side of life on previous releases, Deez Nuts are seemingly writing about the comedown. A bass refrain provides a sense of reflection, and lyrics become more audible and hard-hitting. Peters sings with frustration about trying to “focus on the task”; it’s this sense of personal struggle that is captured on the album, and which so fittingly works with the hardcore genre. As the title of the song suggests, the guitar and bass riff with low, down-trodden clashing notes also reflect the sense of a battle within.
‘Binge & Purgatory’ continues to focus on personal battles, such as addiction and the lessons learned from these struggles. The album artwork features numerous vices, including used cigarettes, reflecting the theme. The frantic drumming on this ‘Hedonic Wasteland’ is reminiscent of the punk scene, and the lyrics of the song have a similar degree of the anarchy of that era. This, alongside some of the most fast-paced singing from JJ Peters, gives an impression of a loss of control, as if giving into the addiction itself.
Overall, ‘Binge & Purgatory’ is another stark reminder that there isn’t much better therapy than cranking up a hardcore album to volume eleven. Whether you’re dealing with heartache, addiction, or need to offset some emotions, ‘Binge & Purgatory’ provides the perfect 30 minute fix.
Written by Annie Slinn (@annie7x)