The pictures of Purple Pam and the Flesh Eaters on their Bandcamp page look like they are playing a set at CBGB’s with The New York Dolls and The Misfits. When I took a listen to their album Victory On Your Deathbed my suspicions were confirmed that their music is in that vein.
The four-piece band consisting of Purple Pam (guitar), Merx Mercado (bass), Daniel Martinez (drums) and Jeanne Carno-Rosenberg (vocals) formed four years ago but only recently released Victory On Your Deathbed, which is their debut.
The album is well produced and well recorded but certainly captures the energy of a live band. This band at their core is a rock band. Sure you can point to other genres here and there but this band plays music you want to hear when you want to rock out.
The songs are catchy, concise and don’t dilly-dally around. Take for instance the opener “Bring It On” which starts with a barrage of drums, waves of distorted guitar and a steady bass. Rosenberg is already into the first verse by the thirty-second mark and a little after the two-minute-mark they change time giving the song a sludgy metal vibe. The vocals absolutely soar on this track. I was reminded of The Savages a number of times. The intensity continues with “Identity” which just demolishes your face with blistering riffs and a heavy bass line. I loved how Rosenberg contorted her voice and the lyrics fit the title of the song perfectly.
There is a bit of blues on “Tired of Being Alive” and it also has an impressive amount of guitar riffs, which come one after another while “Call You Out” feels like you're being pulled back and forth in every direction. They close with “Dark” which is an apt title and comes closest to sounding like drone metal. The distortion drips like wax on a burning candle around the vocals. That being said there are some changes in energy I wasn’t expecting.
Overall, Victory On Your Deathbed is a great EP. The band delivers on all fronts and if you enjoy adrenaline-fueled rock that has a bit of an attitude then you won’t want to pass this one up.
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