Hailing from Singapore, the blackened death leviathan that is Impiety has been consuming and antagonising senses and passions since 1990, grabbing plenty of acclaim for their unleashed mayhem over an avalanche of albums and singles. This month sees their debut release on Hells Headbangers Records, The Impious Crusade EP, a viciously twisted slice of extreme metal offering proof of that the trio has lost none of the guile and sonic toxicity which marked such albums as Paramount Evil, Dominator, and from last year Ravage & Conquer. The new five track release continues in similarly confrontational creativity but with a certain shift in its presentation, arguably offering no real surprises yet exhausting senses and thoughts with a virulent death metal scourge that keeps the band as a distinct proposition amongst most.
Consisting of vocalist/bassist Shyaithan, guitarist Nizam Aziz, and drummer Dizazter (the band becoming a quartet live with the addition of bassist Guh Lu), Impiety continue to use influences from the likes of Bathory, Sarcofago, Possessed, Morbid Angel, and Venom seemingly in their imagination, though as mentioned they have branded their own signature deep within the genre. A band who have successfully headlined tours and supported others across Europe, Asia, N. America, and many more areas of the world, they have marked the deal with their new label by a release which takes the listener on a demonic ride through hell’s deepest violations sound tracked by sounds which twist and turn on the senses with the primal and skilled predatory instinct of a bestial horde. It is not the most insidious and nasty encounter, or overall one which leaves the passions raging uncontrollably but it is an onslaught that sparks the appetite into impatience for the next full length from the band.
Opener Arrival of the Assassins is a brief track which is more than an intro but still only a swift fist through the heart, its sonic lancing ofthe ear lethal and direct whilst the cage of rhythmic disturbance leaves knees buckled. It sets up the release perfectly every aspect of the band afire and ready to assassinate peace within its recipient, whilst the track itself is an excellent portent of things to come and in many ways the best thing on the release despite its short stay.
The following Commanding Death & Destroy is an instant savage torrent of vitriolic spite and sonic mastery from guitarist Aziz, his fingers conjuring riffs and aural narratives not only here but across the EP that leave you whimpering and greedily immersed in individual caustic scenarios. Ably assisted by the rhythmic provocation of Dizazter and the scathing raw squalls of Shyaithan, the song is a tempest of almost schizophrenic rage and imagination, a storm of quizzing crippling intensity and inventive ferocity.
As next up Accelerate the Annihilation equally tears into senses and thoughts, the slight air of missing originality is evident yet not an issue within the almost suffocating presence of band and sound. The track stomps and prowls with primal rabidity through the ear, switching its attack to leave the listener nowhere to escape to, not that in the face of such a contagious and invigorating brutal ravishment you would seek such refuge. Again the guitar carves out a landscape of impacting persuasion whilst bass and drums enslave with the rapacity of a pack of hunger driven wolves.
The title track scorches air and senses with a sonic wash that is as malevolent as it is addictive whilst the rest of the song is a battering ram of unpredictable savagery created by a technical violence that is almost virulent in its appeal. As with all the tracks, it allows no second for the listener to settle, its disorientating expanse of scything aural discord and bedlam a tornado of adventure and malice.
A cover of the Sorcery track Lucifer’s Legions completes the release, the track a more than decent high octane thrash toned brawl. It concludes a great release and appetiser for what is to come from Impiety. It is a grower too and even whilst writing this piece and listening to The Impious Crusade EP simultaneously a few more times it increases its stature within thoughts and distinction. A release all death metallers should get their hands on.
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