Porphyria – ‘Memoir of Madness’

Artist: Porphyria

Title: Memoir of Madness

Label: Independent

Year: 2015

Review by JH

Memoir of Madness is the debut album from these Rochester-based death metallers and offers seven tracks of hard-hitting, groovy death metal that will remind you of bands like Cannibal Corpse, Malevolent Creation, and Skinless.

The music contained herein isn’t groundbreaking in any sense, but makes for a compelling listen for anyone in the mood for some head-stomping, crushing grooves interlaced with dynamic percussion and roaring vocals. The vocals are decidedly abrasive, with great range and a sort of hardcore-like energy to them. The thoroughly crisp production really brings out the power in the performance as every instrument is audible in the mix and well performed.

After several spins, I’ve come to really enjoy this album, and even though I generally prefer the more dense type death metal, this band makes up for it with its injection of heavy grooves, bludgeoning riffs, and intense vocals. Overall, Memoir of Madness is a competent display of heavy, mid-tempo death metal that serves as an appropriate soundtrack to vandalising local church property. ‘Nuff said.