With this (digital-only) debut release Wellington three-piece death metal outfit Winterborn deliver a visceral and topical dialogue over a convincing thrash backdrop. The two-year old band’s sound has elements of Slayer’s punk side and Sepultura’s relentless aggression. While the songs have more emphasis on riffing than solos, bassist Dhanesh Parmar’s technical command is evident throughout. After a fierce opening My Own Purgatory showcases the twists and turns to come within the band’s arrangements. Rolling Thunder steps up the intensity and, apart from a guttural chorus chant, is instrumental. In the short space of six tracks the band deliver an unmistakable message of intensive anger. Winterborn have evidently already built a strong following and released ‘Purgatory’ independently with help from a Kickstarter fundraising campaign. Available via Bandcamp.