Purgatorium was founded in 1989 in the village Tavelsjö located outside of Umeå, Sweden and released the demo “Cup of Blood” the same year. The music was characterized by the early wave of Swedish death metal with large elements of the instrumental parts. During the first half of the 90s two additional demos were released, “Enter the Gate” and “Travels”. The band’s last release before the breakup in 1995 was the participation on W.A.R. Compilation – Volume One, a classic compilation of Swedish death metal from that time era consisting of the Dark Tranquility, Dissection and In Flames, etc. The purgatory was extinguished and cooled during the ca. 20 years passed since then.
In 2016 it began to smolder again in the remains of the melodic melting pot of death metal that Purgatorium consists of. The band’s founding members David Israelsson (guitars & lead vocals), Daniel Israelsson (drums) and Michael Lindberg (lead guitar), has teamed up with Jens Karlsson (Persuader etc.) who has picked up the bass to once again take care of the lost souls to burn…
With a new lineup in full force, Discouraged Records has decided to release the 2 demos from the 90’s as a compilation album. It was released digitally a while back, and a CD edition was available from the 29th of May. With their classic sound re-invigorated and exposed to a new generation of death metal fans that crave the old school touch, there is a lot of potential this band can live up to!
01. Still In Search
03. Never Dance
05. Is This My Homeland
Release Date: 29 May, 2017
Label: Discouraged Records
David Israelsson – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Daniel Israelsson – Drums
Mikael Lindberg – Lead Guitar
Jens Karlsson – Bass, Backing Vocals