Sectioned are a Death Metal band formed in 2006 by ex-Frost (Hungary) guitarist Zoltan Valter. After a three song demo released in 2007 and several lineup changes later, Valter has finally settled on his current lineup which consists largely of members of American Death Metal outfit Dimentianon. Their debut offering Purulent Reality out now on Paragon Records contains seven vicious, old school Death Metal tracks that feature heaping amounts of savage riffs, melodic solos and brutal sounding guttural vocals.
Although it's pretty evident quite early on that these guys possess all the necessary chops to pull of this material, one doesn't get the impression that Purulent Reality is strictly about trying to be overly complex. There's nothing fancy here, just a straight ahead, full on amount of unbridled aggression revolving around the chugging, palm muted rhythms of Valter and 2nd guitarist Lajos Kossuth. In addition to handling the majority of the songwriting duties with vocalist M, Valter also gets plenty of opportunities to showcase his skills as a soloist, has he injects songs like "My Love Of Decay", "Behind My Eyes" "Mirrors" and "Village Of The Sun" full of memorable sounding melodies and soaring leads.
For a debut release from a band that hasn't been together all that long in its current lineup I'd have to say that Purulent Reality is a pretty solid and well rounded slab of Death Metal. The only slight draw back here has nothing to do with the songs or the performances of the musicians involved it has to do with the overall sonic qualities of the production work, which is a tad muddy in places. For example the sound of the drums appear buried in the mix, thus reducing their overall impact which is a bit of a shame really because drummer Pete Christopher's commendable work behind the kit doesn't sound anywhere as crisp as it could have.
Again I think Purulent Reality clearly demonstrates that Sectioned are band with an extremely positive upside. If they can deliver another strong album like this and are able to make a few sonic adjustments here and there, their sophomore disc should be that much more cohesive sounding.
1) A Lonely Grasp Of Winter
2) My Love Of Decay
3) Loneliest Man
4) Behind My Eyes
6) Village Of The Sun
7) Purulent Reality (Outro)