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Uncharted Waters: Adrift Set Sail with “Pure”


Formed in Madrid in 2007, Adrift have been slowly percolating up through the Spanish underground with their indefinable mixture of textures and stylistic influences from across the gambit of metal subgenres. The epic sprawl of their sound has drawn comparisons to progressive titans such as Mastodon and Neurosis, albeit with a much more extreme and ominous edge. And despite the praise awarded to their 2012 album Black Hearts Bleed Black, a record that proudly displayed the outfit’s creativity, Adrift remains a relatively unknown entity in the international metal scene. With their eclectic sound and forward-thinking approach, their new album Pure has the potential to change that. Check out an exclusive full stream below.

As Adrift’s third full length album (and first release in six years), Pure represents the full actualization of Adrift’s vast potential to date, its sonic range and depth achieving new intensities. Each of Pure’s tracks balances melody and dissonance; Adrift adeptly match towering, monolithic sludge riffs with blackened shrieks. The record’s essence is deceptively complex — it’s a psychedelic odyssey into spiraling chasms of molten instrumental tones.

Pure takes Adrift’s songwriting to a new level: songs such as “Mist” and “Embers” are punchier and more straightforward, packed though with serpentine riffs. These shorter pieces are juxtaposed against more slowly gestating and intricately conceived compositions such as “Confluence of Fire,” a massive composition that serves as the album’s centerpiece. The morosely cataclysmic ambience that is most prominent on the record’s final two tracks “The Call” and “The Walk of Tired Death” is boosted by the raw yet strikingly refined production and engineering of producer Santi Garcia.

The album is noticeably a consummate work of catharsis for Adrift, and manifests much of the personal turmoil experienced by the Adrift’s members throughout the past six years.

Pure releases Friday via Temple of Torturous.

Here is a statement from bassist Daniel Chavero:

In our opinion we have written a very diverse album: some of the songs are more intense, others are more aggressive and straightforward, but the six tracks are coherent as a whole and share a veil of bleakness and darkness, especially during the mesmerizing instrumental passages. Pure is the outcome of almost six years of hard work and many difficult situations we lived through during that era, and what you can hear here is the cathartic response to those experiences. We hope you enjoy the trip.

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