Saturday, January 11, 2014

Impiety: The Impious Crusade (2013)

Impiety has been a personal favorite of mine since I first heard their 2007 album.  The Singaporean group perfectly captures the various extreme styles of death, thrash, and black metal and welds them together into a caustic, aggressive mix.  It's abrasive as hell, but that's part of the beauty of it.  So of course, I am on board when the band releases something new, even if, in this case, it's an EP.

Things kick off immediately with a bang with some evil riffing courtesy of the introductory track.  From there, Impiety rolls forward in their standard take-no-prisoners style.  Impiety do not simply play their instruments.  They use them as weapons to attack the listener.  Everything flies by at the speed of light, but that is not to say that they are not accomplished musicians.  They most certainly are, they just believe in making things as brutal and vicious as possible.  Mission accomplished.  The EP ends with a cover of a Sorcery song, not a band I am familiar with.

Of course the star of Impiety continues to be vocalist/bassist Shyaithan.  This is his band and he controls every aspect of it.  His sinister bark propels the band forward and keeps the band from becoming another Sarcofago/Vulcano clone.

I always enjoy a new Impiety release, and this one is certainly no different.

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