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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Metal Thrash Metal




"PurEnvy - Redemption (Album Review)"

There are a few things to love about Newcastle and the Hunter region: good wine, good beer … actually that’s all I could think of without using Google. But after wrapping my ears around the latest release from PurEnvy I can categorically add, great heavy fuckin’ music to the top of the list.

Released back in June, it’s taken me a while to catch up but I’m fucking glad I did. I usually won’t review anything unless I’m sent an advance copy – ‘cause that’s the kind of selfish prick I am. But once in a blue moon, something comes along that reminds me why I got into reviewing music in the first place – purely for the love of it. There’s a lot to love about Redemption, the obvious New Wave Of British Heavy Metal influences combined with a shit ton of thrash/speed metal goodness. Vocally the Novocastrians manage to combine melodic harmonies with unclean vocals. Initially I was getting a Testament/Slayer vibe from lead vocalist Adam Kieffel but the more I listened I realised old mate has forged his own style. But he’s not all out there on his own, Josip Malkoc brings the brutality with some amazing Children of Bodomesque growls. The two swap so seamlessly I had to check it was actually two different vocalists. The pair brings a twin vocal and guitar attack giving a really modern feel to that age old metal tradition. While I’m salivating over musicianship Dave Lewsam’s bass playing is as good as you will hear. He and drummer Zac Swan are a tight as fuck rhythm section. Their driving grooves combined with 100 mile an hour thrash, complex timing changes and outright awesomeness are the backbone of PurEnvy.
On this album nothing is wasted, there may only be eight tracks but each one makes a statement, every one a stamp of heavy metal authority. Don’t expect three and a half minute radio friendly tunes for your listening pleasure. In the best tradition of Iron Maiden or Metallica the boys push the traditional time limit boundaries with enough changes and complexity to keep you listening. Unless you’re smart enough to tune into The Faction or Andrew Haug Radio don’t expect to hear PurEnvy on the airways anywhere. I found it almost impossible to pick a favourite track off Redemption. The opening track ‘Deception’ is a riff laden masterpiece and just as I was about to crown it my favourite until I got kicked in the balls for seven minutes and twenty seconds by ‘Hollow’, then got completely floored by ‘Blood of the Innocent’. So it goes, each track is as good as the previous. Believe me when I say PurEnvy take no prisoners. The only other album I could compare it to is the legendary Allegiance D.e.s.t.i.t.u.t.i.o.n – yes folks it may just be that good.

If you love melodic thrash metal with a decent dose of brutal vocal growls, you like me, will have this album on frequent rotation for a long time to come. It’s safe to say Redemption has smashed it’s way into my top ten albums of 2018. - Gareth Williams

"PurEnvy - Interview and Album/Gig Review)"

On the eighth of June PurEnvy, the Newcastle Metal powerhouse released their second album entitled Redemption. Subsequently, they had a launch of the album at The Small Ballroom in Islington and I turned up to check them out, have a chat with the boys and to provide a review of the album on the back of a number of listens this week.

Newcastle has always had a metal community and this began around the mid 1980’s. It has gone through a number of incantations but has always stayed strong. The scene isn’t as huge as Sydney or Melbourne, but for those who have been to gigs in “the steel city,” they know that it is just as passionate and committed. So where does PurEnvy fit into this history and today’s scene? The band’s collective experience would surpass a half century and various members have been around the scene for some time. Presently they are definitely a top of the scene and are seen by the “Newy diehards” as the staple.

The band have quite a modern sound that, and please humour me with the contradiction, is heavily rooted within the old school and classic metal. What first struck me about this band is its sincerity and no rubbish approach. There are no bells and whistles, no smoke and mirrors, and definitely no ego. They are four blokes who love heavy metal and have the drive and passion to produce their own slice of the metal soundscape. PurEnvy’s ability to produce driving riffage, guitar harmony interludes, mixed with a driving rhythm section, topped off with both a melodic and heavy vocal, is a tribute to their musicianship, but also, and more importantly, their chemistry.

purenvy - redemption.jpg So to the new album, Redemption. It is a big step up from the debut, but is not foreign to it, in songwriting and structure. The initial impression is the amazing production. The band has really ensured that their latest product not only has the quality of song to compete on the main stage, but they have also produced a sounding album that can stand alongside anything out there presently. My first few listens took me to the realm of Trivium, with both song structure and intensity. However, Adam Keifel’s vocal phrasing is very different To Matt and he has a real Australian flavour to his vocals, and this is refreshing and unique. Zac Swan on drums is a very accomplished percussionist and this isn’t really based upon a deconstruction of any one track, his performance is solid throughout. Guitar-wise, the harmonies and darkness and light that both Adam (Keifel) and Josip MalKoc have produced on this album, not only keeps the songs interesting, but also takes the imagery to another level. Dave Lewsam is a very experienced bass player, in the studio, live and with a beer in his hand. I first actually saw Dave play at Jesmond Neighbourhood centre in 1989, playing Metallica and Motorhead covers, and I knew then he was a great musician. His performance is solid on the album and the synergy between him and Adam (Swan) keeps the album moving and the intensity high. Songs that really stand out for me are ‘Deception’, ‘Redemption’, ‘Embodied by Dust’ and ‘End of All Days’. Look if you haven’t had the opportunity to check these guys out, this album is definitely worth the coin, I can’t see any metal head not impressed with the music within.

Before the guys set tonight I sat down and had a brief chat.

Now that Redemption is complete and about to be released, how do you guys see the album?

“In a box! Hopefully in people’s hands actually. Look we are happy with it, and it sounds like us, and we have captured who we are. And you know this was important to us and we are stoked that it has come up the way we needed it to.”

It has been a long time in the making, how long did it actually take?

“The project took too fucking long. It was two years in the making. We actually lost track, let’s say one year. We wanted to get it right, and so we spent our time to make sure we were happy with the album. We spent the extra time to nail the extra bits and make sure it was ready. We can walk away from it and listen to it and we are happy with it, and that’s important and the real reason for the time it took to complete.”

Can you tell me a little bit about how you guys write and arrange your songs?

“We usually turn up to a rehearsal with a riff and jam it out and take it from there. The arrangements change a lot over time as we develop and mould the song in to what we want it to be. The songs on the album have changed so much since the initial jams. It is a process really, and we have to see that process through to complete a track. We just get in the room and jam out the riffs, and after a few rehearsals we have a new song. After this, the melody and the lyrics come together. We get a draft of the lyrics together and then go back through it till complete. We practice them a lot before they see the light of day live.”

How did you come across Jacob Hanson, and without stating the obvious, why was he the man for the project?

“Good question. We like the sounds that he has achieved with other bands, and of course, his reputation. We wanted to do this album properly. We needed to get a sound that we wanted, and we knew we had to invest in this. He has really brought out our sound. Jacob’s name came up after guy I knew on Facebook was complaining that he was losing a lot of work to him. So we checked him out, and some other Aussie bands used him, and you know he is one of the top three engineers in the world. We also see our music with that European flavour, and we knew that he would understand it and connect with it. He was really easy to work with too, and he communicated well over the email, it was a good experience all round.”

Tonight the album is launched, but what is the next twelve months like for PurEnvy?

“We have already started writing for the next one, and we don’t want to take this long to release another album. We also want to get known more outside of Sydney and Newcastle, and also to get bigger in these centres. We would love to have some of the more major international supports that are going around at the moment too, and I think that this would really help us out, and get to the next level.”

Now to the set, and the band have definitely come to play tonight, and equally, the Newy stronghold had come to listen! The band are now playing with a confidence and a drive that matches both their ability and commitment.

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They have really become a tight live unit and the band are really enjoying playing live more than any other time in their history. Tonight they blasted a number of tunes from Redemption, including ‘Deception’, ‘Redemption’ and ‘End of Days’ and all of them went over well live. It was only a short set tonight because the boys were supporting Lagerstein on their east coast tour but they did Redemption proud. As a Novocastrian Metal Head myself, I am proud to say that PurEnvy are from our home soil and I will be following, and watching, to see where the band take their career.

Feature by Mark Snedden - Mark Snedden

"PurEnvy unveil new single/lyric video"

Newcastle’s PurEnvy reallly took us by surprise earlier this year when they released their new album Redemption which our reviewer scored 9/10 and stated: “If you love melodic thrash metal with a decent dose of brutal vocal growls, you like me, will have this album on frequent rotation for a long time” (review here). Its true, we have been thrashing the Trivium/Machine Head influenced album since it landed in our inbox, we even had to get frontman Adam Kiefel on to co-host an episode of Wall of Sound: Up Against The Wall to chat all about the album’s creation.

Keeping the momentum flowing, the metal men have just released their new single and accompanying lyric video for the belter ‘Embodied By Dust‘ for you to take a listen/read and delve into the world of PurEnvy yourself. Australian heavy metal is in great hands with these guys. If you like what you hear, grab the album here - Paul Brown

"PurEnvy Redemption Album Review"

Self Release
My blood still is flowing fast and my heart beat feels like a drum blasting away and pumping more adrenaline than ever before, I thought I was listening to a band from America or Europe but no, Australia bands have the talent and the chops to create epic albums full with gigantic riffs, catchy hooks, anthemic vocals, chunky bass lines and powerful drumming, this album just jumps and takes over everything is full of fist pumping adrenaline and the sweat from head banging will run like a river out of control.
This emerging band from Newcastle (NSW) are a bunch of talented musicians and this album showcase the huge songwriting is displayed here in full steam, if you are a big fan of bands like Bullet For Valentine(Scream, Aim, Fire era) and Old Avenged Sevenfold well this will totally be a pleaser and first of all I want to mention the solos, yes the guitar solos I felt like peeling my skin while those amazing guitar solos were played who says solos are overrated? Fuck no!! This fella grew up idolising anyone who could play scorching solos and here there’s plenty is a shred fest!! The riffs complemented so well, starting with the opener “Deception” with that Testament riff and morphing into a hardcore kinda song but is brutal heavy and that guitar hook that follows and the song is off!!! Is time to get your neck ready and feel the intensity, the vocals delivers what anyone would expect from clean singing to the mandatory growling specially this track is an indication where things are going my senses are rising and the decibel levels feel like I’m on a scorching ride.
But not only this track stands out one of the songs that really got me going was “Embodied By Dust” it was pure riff madness, aesthetically beautiful and fast at the same time the vocals commanding the pit, the devil made me do it but no this band are in total sync everything is perfect the production is crystal clear and the song shreds naturally leaving the feeling this is not over yet and there’s still room for more head snapping chaos like the unbridled track “March To Our Graves” which really stood out as one of the highlights of the album a solid and pounding track which left me with my jaw open as the intensity was flowing in a sea of emotions, majority of the songs are over the 5 minutes mark but when the songs break the ice it leaves you wanting for more is totally addictive and there was not a single boring moment, it was fist pumping fury, so there you are another solid slab of spiralling riffs and solos and more solos I can see a bright future for this band I hope I’m not wrong. - Afterlife Zine


As the Light Fades (2013)
1. Bleeding Out 
2. Damnation 
3. As the Light Fades
4. Not the End 
5. Spiral Dancer 
6. History 
7. Blow to Pieces 
8. Prison Guard 
9. Anything About Me
10. Divine 
Redemption (2018) 
1. Deception 
2. Hollow 
3. Embodied by Dust 
4. End of Days 
5. Blood of the Innocent 
6. March to Our Graves 
7. Redemption 
8. Forsaken 



PurEnvy hail from the steel city of Newcastle, NSW. Fusing elements of thrash metal with harmonies reminiscent of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, PurEnvy have been perfecting their craft for many years, appealing to a wide range of heavy music fans, and attracting a loyal following along the way. 

After the 2013 release of their first album “As The Light Fades”, PurEnvy focused on refining their style, and released their second album “Redemption” in June 2018. “Redemption” received overwhelmingly positive reviews, including a feature on Wall of Sound’s podcast “Up Against the Wall”. The accompanying video for the single “Deception” has also gained popularity on social media for its creative take on the unique Australian metal scene.

PurEnvy have been honing their live performances up and down the east coast of Australia, developing an electric and entertaining stage presence in all types of venues. With two appearances at Sydney’s iconic Steel Assassins festival under their belt, PurEnvy are ready to showcase their music to a wide variety of audiences both at home and abroad.

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