Expurgatory are a band with members from Australia and the United Kingdom that plays a mixture of black metal, depressive rock, noise and experimental and this is a review of their self released 2018 compilation album "A lustrum".
Harsh noises and power electronics start off the album before going into more of a darker, heavier and lo-fi direction along with some programmed drum beats while clean vocals are also utilized at times as well as the solos and leads being done in a very melodic style and the music also gets very experimental and avant garde on some songs.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length while one song also introduces field recordings onto the compilation along with spoken word parts also being utilized at times as well as all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them, elements of ambient can also be heard briefly
Real drums are also added on some of the tracks while most of the songs sound very different from each other and as the compilation progresses depressive black metal screams are added into the music along with one track also utilizing acoustic guitars and all of the songs stick to a very slow direction.
Expurgatory plays a musical style that takes black metal, depressive rock, noise and experimental and mixes them together to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover nihilism, librarianism and cultural study themes.
In mu opinion Expurgatory are a very great sounding mixture of black metal, depressive rock, noise and experimental and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Taw" "Utopic" "All Is Vanity" and "Abbey". 8 out of 10.