For the last five years, this foursome has methodically nursed their fan base to an impressive size with their first self-titled release in 1998.
With initial inventory depleted, the band recently released their follow-up CD, I Offend, which delivers the same rousing sound, featuring smooth, searching vocals and introspective lyrics.
This second release has garnered the band even more attention and support from press and radio with sales currently nearing 5000.
The members of Purge d.i. are native to New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts.
The story of their formation could only be fate.
Guitarist Pete Lanzo and Bassist Randy Ladd have known each other for fifteen years.
They decided to form a band and were in need of a drummer.
Bob Austin answered their ad and played with the emerging group, but he did not care for their singer.
While on a fill-in gig for another band, Bob was impressed by the singer of that band, Jay Bellaud.
When the first singer quit on Pete and Randy, Bob mentioned Jay.
It turns out that Pete had also previously met Jay through a mutual friend.
Both Bob and Pete called Jay on the same day, unbeknownst to either of them! Eventually the four band mates came together and formed what was initially known as just Purge.
With the fervor and notoriety that grew around Purge almost immediately, a cover band from southern Massachusetts with the same name appeared, demanding a payment of $14,000 for further use of the name.
The New Hampshire Purge rejected the unreasonable offer, instead adding the d.i.
to the end of their name.
Commonly asked, the d.i. stands for nothing at all, though they originally chose Purge because it contains elements of each members' names.
With captivating lead singer Jay Bellaud fronting the band, every note is filled with power and emotion.
Drummer Bob Austin is one with his drum kit, delivering a percussive complexity with every song.
Meanwhile Randy Ladd on bass and Pete Lanzo on lead guitar rip it up to deliver a wild, mosh-worthy performance.
While the band is uninhibited and unpredictable on stage, they concentrate tenaciously on preparation and rehearsal having the undeniable "what it takes" attitude every step of the way.
These are serious musicians.
Ambitious yet unpretentious, Purge d.i. is a hard-working band with a steady line of gigs, including opening spots for Days of the New, Godsmack, Fuel, Powerman 5000, Monster Magnet, Cold, 6 Gig, Mourning Widows and Second Coming.
As well as other line-ups with Slipknot, Disturbed, Linkin Park and Mudvayne.
Regarded as a commercial contender, Purge d.i. has signed on with a small Independent Label (Ass-9 Records) in the hopes of boosting their notoriety further still.
They may be even closer than anyone could predict!
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