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Econoline Crush [reviews]
Purge EP |label, 1994|

1. Purge I, 2. Out Of Reach, 3. T.D.M., 4. Cruel World, 5. Pssyche, 6. Purge II


Opening with the eerie yells of frontman Trevor Hurst’s daunting voice, eerie atmospheric guitar lines, powerful tribal drumming, and an overall sense of damnation is Econoline Crush’s well-executed debut release; Purge.
Econoline Crush crawls their way into the Canadian music scene with a head-on approach as Purge hits the shelves. Although only an EP with 6 tracks to spare (2 being short yet chilling instrumentals and 1 being a Killing Joke cover that’s well worth the mention), Purge is a very satisfying album in many senses. The opening track, “Purge I”, shoots out the sense of damnation as a short opener to introduce themselves.

The track is directly followed by “Out of Reach” and 2 other songs, which brings the guitar lines from atmospheric to head-pounding. In addition, the industrial-based keyboard leads and samples that surrounded the opening track also surrounds the remaining songs on the EP from there on out.
“Out of Reach”, “T.D.M.”, and “Cruel World” all feature the same structure and ideology of raged purgatory; angry guitar lines, suitable samples, and lyrics that reflect a feeling of vanish. The band’s rendition of Killing Joke’s lesser-known b-side “Pssyche” is one of the better covers that have come to surface in the industrial music world. Econoline Crush transforms the straight-up post-punk song to a purged industrial metal song brilliantly.

Given those examples, Econoline Crush has the potential to be on the verge of a popularity burst in the Canadian market (and possibly more countries as their resources expand). The band definitely deserves a noticeable breakthrough due to their consistent and well-written creativity. This debut release proves both characteristics boldly.
Closing out the EP is “Purge II”, which nearly repeats the opening track; however, each aspect drowns out individually. The first to spiral out is the daunting vocal track, followed by the eerie guitar pattern, and finished with a pulled bass line as if it was the final cry into purgatory. But the reality is, Econoline Crush probably won’t purge anytime soon. (Xenerki, 07/14/2010)


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