Binge and Purgatory - Deez Nuts

Binge and Purgatory - Deez Nuts

Deez Nuts release their fifth studio album, Binge and Purgatory, a somewhat fresh direction for the band. Whilst musically the band keep to the similar style of blending hip-hop and hardcore with JJ Peter’s hallmark marriage of both genres’ vocal styles.

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Photography: James Hartley
Composition: Tyrell Winston
Design and Layout: Pat Fox

Binge and Purgatory gets its name from the first two tracks on the album that form to make one. After an extended intro in the form of "Binge", where the track builds up until a solo bass note rings out before out of nowhere "Purgatory" kicks in. Peters’ vocals suit the track immensely and quite clearly Deez Nuts have chosen to kick off on a high note with these tracks, Peters’ rapping complementing perfectly the instrumentation below his vocals. The songs thematic source and that of the album title seems to ring a mature note, or turning point for a band that for the past decade have partied it up worldwide, with their music heavily embodying this, yet here we see the band address the issues that come with such a lifestyle.

"Antidote" follows, a brutally fast paced hard hitting chuggy number which adopts the same introspective lyrical style of the previous track - “sometimes I gotta face my demons just to make sense of it all”. It’s clear Deez Nuts have had a ‘gimmick’ to an extent from day one, however Binge and Purgatory seems to paint Deez Nuts in a new light, based upon the source material for many of their party style anthems - “another dose it brings me peace” - is spat into "Antidote", whilst the narrative of substance abuse takes over the song.

"Binge / Purgatory" video
Directed by: Neal Walters
Produced by: Hayley Adams
Photography: Shaun Herbertson
 

The line - “When I’m gone will my lovers tell my story, or be grateful that it’s come to an end” - in "Hedonistic Wasteland" , shows Deez Nuts really have taken a far more serious take on lyrical content for the record. While I’ve been a fan of the band for sometime, I find this really refreshing from a group who I’ve never taken as being entirely serious, due to their primary lyrical focus on what I consider “Bent-edge” hardcore. From the tone of the title, "Lessons Learned" was never going to be miles apart lyrically from the introspection the record is riddled with. Peter's questioning - “Who the fuck am I? Am I unrecognizable” - just confirms this is a genuine change in direction for Deez Nuts and a rather dark one at that.

"Discord" video
Directed by: Neal Walters
Produced by: Hayley Adams
Photography: Shaun Herbertson

Musically the record has a very polished sound to it as come to expect of Deez Nuts , yet the instrumentation in many parts follows the lyrical theme, heavy, brooding and chaotic riffs echo underneath Peters, mimicking what his lyrics are trying to convey, and subsequently giving the tracks a real emotional depth. A band knowing for putting on great live shows and being high energy, Binge and Purgatory doesn’t relent, with plenty to choose from here to slot into their roster of current material to play live. With plenty of tracks like "Remedy" and "Purgatory" having gang vocals (albeit not as sing along worthy as other releases) and most of the album being mosh worthy, Deez Nuts have solidified themselves a winner here, both on record and at shows.

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