PURE WRATH - formed 2014 in West Java, Indonesia - is the soul-stirring atmospheric Black Metal project of multi-instrumentalist Januaryo Hardy.
A continuation of preceding EP "The Forlorn Soldier", 3rd full-length "Hymn to the Woeful Hearts" is a wounded, epically emotive exploration of timeless grief which ascends to the next level - simmering down past symphonics and ramping up the bitterness, aggression, textural dynamism and melancholic conviction.
Again featuring skilled and energetic guest drumwork from Yurii Kononov (ex-WHITE WARD), PURE WRATH have here produced their deepest, darkest, most organic and engaging work to date: perfectly balancing howls of primal rage with tear-stained, hymnal sung passages, simultaneously vicious and yearning guitar-work, poignant synth, evocative acoustics and heartfelt thematic realism.
In the words of Hardy: "The record serves as a dedication to a mother and survivor of the 1965 Indonesian genocide whose son was kidnapped, tortured and brutally beheaded. For more than fifty years she had to pretend everything was normal through every second of her sorrow, living under the shadow of the still-powerful perpetrators."
Recommended if you like: WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, SAOR, PANOPTICON
1. The Cloak of Disquiet
2. Years of Silence
3. Presages from A Restless Soul
4. Footprints of the Lost Child
5. Those Who Stand Still
6. Hymn to the Woeful Hearts